Annual Information Statement 2016

Legal Name
Canberra Symphony Orchestra Limited

Section A: Charity Information

Charity size
Basic Religious Charity

Section B: Activities

Did the charity operate in the 2016 reporting period?
Main activity
Culture and arts
Description of charity's activities and outcomes
In 2016 the Canberra Symphony Orchestra delivered a rewarding and successful year of music engagement across the community, which made a strong contribution to the cultural life of Canberra and the surrounding region. The CSO continued to collaborate creatively in 2016, sharing two concerts with Opera Australia as part of their celebratory 60th anniversary season. The Shell Prom Picnic Concert was presented in association with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Taking music out of the concert hall and into the community to enhance culture and wellbeing is a fundamental aspect of CSO operations. In 2016 the CSO renewed its pledge to community programs that bring opportunities for more people across the region to engage in music. From soloists at Painting with Parkinsons art therapy sessions, to hospital and aged care performances, ensembles at schools for students with disabilities, music sessions for people with hearing loss and Christmas concerts in primary schools, CSO Community and Regional Engagement worked hard to meet demand with over 90 ensemble performances in 2016. The CSOs commitment to music education included schools from Goulburn attending and participating in Meet the Music concerts. The annual Noteworthy education program inspired over 4000 younger children at five concerts in July. A consultative session with music teachers in the ACT was held to gain input from the sector for further integration of Noteworthy programs with curriculum requirements. This success was achieved during a year of some uncertainty in the Canberra music sector as the community awaited the results of the ANUs public consultancy into the future of the School of Music. From full-strength symphonic concerts to intimate duo recitals and workshops, these performances delivered the intangible message of fine music to enthusiastic supporters in a variety of settings, from Llewellyn Hall to classrooms, hospitals, community halls, nursing homes, and have reached members of the Canberra community who would never have imagined the possibility of being enthralled by a symphony orchestra. The orchestra has enjoyed another year of exceptional music making, with overwhelmingly positive reviews and public acclaim testifying to the CSOs position as a vitally important musical entity that consistently delivers a remarkable artistic experience of distinction and viability, and which provides a uniquely Australian colour and flavour. The energy and passion of the musicians, management, Board, audience and supporters of the CSO are inspirational and are essential to the continuing development of this remarkable organisation.
Will the charity change or introduce any activities in the 2017 period?
Where the charity conducted activities during the 2016 reporting period
Australian Capital Territory
Who was helped most by the charity's activities in the reporting period
General community within Australia

Section C: Human Resources

Human resources
  • Full time employees: 5
  • Part time employees: 6
  • Casual employees: 110
  • Estimated number of volunteers: 18

Section D: Finance

Type of financial statement
General purpose financial statements
Financial report consolidated with more than one entity?
Charity's 2016 reporting period
1 January 2016 to 31 December 2016
Financial report submitted to a state/territory regulator?
2016 Financial report
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State or territory of the regulator where financial report was submitted
Australian Capital Territory

Income and Expenses

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