Friends of the DSO

COVID 19 UPDATE: Events scheduled for the remainder of 2021 are cancelled

Friends of the DSO logo.

After some consideration, the Friends of the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra have decided to cancel the ‘Musical Tastings’ and ‘Rare Byrds” events. 

Thank you for your understanding.

How to become a Friend

For only $20, become a member of the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra’s support organisation, Friends of the DSO. Their aim is to support the activities of the orchestra through post-concert suppers, chamber music concerts, meetings with the orchestra’s guest artists and social occasions.

Friends members are offered an exclusive advance booking period for tickets to the International and Matinée series concerts.

Online Friends membership order Form

2021 Friends Events

Please find details of our events scheduled for 2021 below. We hold these events on Sunday afternoons at 3 pm, at Hanover Hall, 65 Hanover Street, Dunedin.

You can prebook for the events using our Membership Application Form. Keep a lookout for other Friends messages in the DSO newsletters, programmes, and through our own e-newsletter. Non-members are welcome to join us at a charge of $20 per head, members at $10 per head. Payments can be made online to Friends of the DSO 06 0901 0635302 00 or cash is accepted at the door on the day, but note there are no EFTPOS facilities available.

Sunday 13 June 2021

Jonathan Lemalu, trained in Dunedin and resident for the past 20+ years in London is now home in Dunedin with his family for a visit and performances in New Zealand. It is some time since we heard him perform in Dunedin. He will be having an informal talk with Professor John Drummond about his life in London and opera.

Sunday 27 June 2021

Song and Poetry in Early Medieval England with Associate Professor Simone Marshall.
Cædmon (c.657-684), the earliest named English poet, was originally ignorant of “the art of song” but miraculously learned to compose one night in the course of a dream. The song he sang, only nine-lines long, has been preserved in Bede’s Ecclesiastical History of the English People, and is one of the earliest examples of Old English poetry.  In this talk, we will take a look at Bede’s account of Cædmon, examine the song itself and some of the manuscripts in which it is found, and discover the fascinatingly blurred distinction between poetry and song. Simone Marshall is Associate Professor in the English and Linguistics Programme at the University of Otago, where she researches medieval literature. She is currently writing a biography of Geoffrey Chaucer.

Sunday 12 September 2021

This continues to be our most popular event where we combine music with wine and cheese. We will have a chance to enjoy performances from some of the leading University of Otago performance students as well as some of the chamber groups who have recently competed in the Chamber Music NZ Chamber Group contest. The selection of New Zealand wines is from renowned vineyards and we will have an informal vote to see which are the Friends’ favourites.

Sunday 7 November 2021

Following the Cædmon’s Hymn presentation with Dr Simone Marshall earlier in the year, we have a further afternoon featuring early music for you. Rare Byrds is a Dunedin-based early music consort specialising in Renaissance and early Baroque music and theatre, performing in sumptuous costumes and playing on period instruments. This event will feature mezzo-soprano soloist Janet Rountree. The programme will feature a celebration of the music of Handel, his European contemporaries, and some of his rivals in the rich and fiercely competitive world of Baroque music.


Ruth Houghton
Fiona Gray (treasurer)
Mail can be addressed to Friends of the DSO at PO Box 5571, Dunedin 9054

How can you help?

  • Enjoy the Sunday afternoon events presented by the Friends.
  • Assist with programme sales and mailouts for the DSO.
  • Assist with serving post-concert refreshments and at other behind the scenes functions.
  • Assist us with a donation that can be included with your membership subscription.

Whichever way suits you; we warmly thank you for your support. If you are able to donate your time or are interested in joining the Friend’s committee, please contact us by using the form below.

The Friends of the DSO provide assistance with mail-outs, serving post-concert suppers and other behind the scenes functions. If you are able to donate your time please contact us and let us know if you are available nights, days or weekends. Use the contact form below for general information and enquiries.

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