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The John Bishop Circle: Funding the future of the AYO

Professor John Bishop OBE together with Ruth Alexander created the first AYO National Music Camp in 1948, ultimately leading to the formation of the Australian Youth Orchestra and associated programs.

As a lasting tribute to his memory, vision, and all that he achieved we have established The John Bishop Circle honouring members who have told us they are leaving a gift to the AYO in their Will.

The Australian Youth Orchestra strives to ensure that every young musician has the opportunity to participate no matter where they live or what their financial situation. Leaving a gift in your Will to the AYO will ensure the participation and professional training of future young musicians, and the enjoyment of future AYO programs by the next generation.

Many people have the misconception that you have to be wealthy to leave a gift in your Will to a non-profit organisation, but it’s an opportunity available to all. A bequest to the Australian Youth Orchestra, however large or small, makes an enormous difference to ensure a future for our youth in classical music. 

Join our visionary group of supporters who share a love of music and a commitment to sustaining the organisation into the future by leaving a bequest to the AYO.


‘I feel that I owe my career to National Music Camp.’ Antony Morgan was inspired to leave a bequest to AYO to give something back - read Antony's story here 


The following Patrons of the Circle have made a commitment in their Wills to ensure many more generations of young musicians will be inspired by the life changing opportunities provided by AYO.

Glenys Abrahams*
Patrick* & Lyn* Brislan
Anna Gauchat
Virginia Gordon
Jan Gracie* & Laurence Mulcahy Estate
Jane Hardie*
Dr Barry Landa
The Estate of Kevin William Lanyon
Harold Levien
The Hon Jane Mathews AO
Antony Morgan*
Professor Patricia* and Professor Philip* Pollett
The Estate of Geoffrey Scharer
The late Leonard Spira OAM*
Mary Vallentine AO
Ray Wilson OAM
Anonymous donors (7)

*AYO Alumni

What to do next

For a confidential discussion about how your gift can help please contact:

Rupert Sherwood
Director of Development
(03) 8420 5710
RupertSherwood@ayo.com.au

We then advise that you contact your Solicitor to ensure that the appropriate wording accurately reflects your intentions. We have listed below three of the most common bequests and wording:

Ways to bequest

Percentage of an Estate Bequest

I GIVE AND BEQUEATH to the Australian Youth Orchestra.......... % of my Estate to be used for its general purposes and I DIRECT that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said organisation shall be sufficient discharge of my Trustees.

Specific Bequest

I GIVE AND BEQUEATH the sum of $.......... to the Australian Youth Orchestra for its general purposes and I DIRECT that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said organisation shall be sufficient discharge of my Trustees. 

Residual Bequest

I GIVE AND BEQUEATH the residue of my Estate to the Australian Youth Orchestra for its general purposes and I DIRECT that the receipt of the treasurer or other proper officer for the time being of the said organisation shall be sufficient discharge of my Trustees.

Name of Organisation: Australian Youth Orchestra

ABN: 42 004 355 739

All donations over $2 to the Australian Youth Orchestra are tax deductible.
 

For further information, please contact the AYO Development Office at development@ayo.com.au or on 03 8420 5710.