Friends and Alumni

As of October, SUSO will be 98 years old! Thousands of students for almost a century have rehearsed, formed friendships and performed under the SUSO name. It is only through the continued generous donations from our SUSO Friends and Alumni we are still able to develop our musical abilities to new heights. The money donated allows the orchestra to play in prestigious venues both in the UK and Europe, performing outstanding repertoire and developing our musical talents under the expert guidance of our conductor, Susanna Riddell.

If you are an alumnus of SUSO, we would love to hear about your orchestral experiences at the University of Southampton. As part of a new SUSO archiving project, we are trying to build up the history of SUSO through the long 98 years: pieces, members of the orchestra, conductors, preterm, tours and more.

The Student’s Union cannot fund the orchestra sustainably and just £25 pays hire for one hour’s use of rehearsal space. We are therefore incredibly grateful to all our Friends and Alumni who show unparalleled support and each academic year continue to donate to the orchestra. Below are the most popular deals we offer however, all donations large and small are greatly appreciated.

If you would like to sign up to our Friends and Alumni Scheme, please email Gemma Wills, SUSO Vice President gew1g14@soton.ac.uk.

Friend – £30christian

  • Receive the electronic SUSO Newsletter
  • Complementary programmes
  • Free strip of raffle tickets at every concert
  • Acknowledgement in programmes and on the website

Bronze – £50

  • Receive the electronic SUSO Newsletter
  • Complementary programmes
  • Free strip of raffle tickets at every concert
  • Acknowledgement in programmes and on the website
  • Priority seating for all concerts

Silver – £75hannah small

  • Receive the electronic SUSO Newsletter
  • Complementary programmes
  • Free strip of raffle tickets at every concert
  • Acknowledgement in programmes and on the website
  • Priority seating for all concerts
  • A complementary ticket to the SUSO summer concert
  • Invitation to a drinks reception before our summer concert

Gold – £120

  • Receive the electronic newsletter
  • Complementary programmes
  • Free strip of raffle tickets at every concert
  • Acknowledgement in programmes and on the website
  • Priority seating for all concerts
  • Complementary ticket to each SUSO concert
  • Invitation to a drinks reception before our summer concert where you will have the opportunity to meet the President and conductors
  • An exclusive sit-in on a rehearsal for the upcoming concert

Sponsor a Chair – £200

The orchestra is proud of the talent of its members. To recognise the ability these players bring to their sections, Friends and Alumni have the opportunity to sponsor one of these chairs.

In addition to all the benefits of a Gold Membership, you will also receive:

  • Acknowledgement of your sponsorship listed with your chosen player’s name in the programme and on the website
  • Photograph with your sponsored chair at the summer concert

Patron – £500

We are incredibly grateful to our patrons for the enormous support they provide the orchestra. Our patrons allow each member to develop and grow as musicians, equipping members with essential musical knowledge for future careers in the music industry.

In return for being a Patron of SUSO, you will receive all the benefits of a Gold Membership plus:

  • An additional complimentary ticket to each concert
  • Photograph with the President and conductors at every concert

 

Donations to the SUSO Friends Scheme can be made as a lump sum or as monthly standing orders.

 

Our Current Friends and Alumni:timpani 2

Patron
Mr and Mrs Dunn
Chief Operating Officer – University of Southampton

Sponsor a Chair
Mr Stephens and Ms Tewson
Mr and Mrs Wills

Silver
Dr Spencer

Bronze
Mr & Mrs Bone
Mr & Mrs Brierley
Mr Kennington
Mrs Kennington
Dr Kidman
Mrs Kidman
Ms Piercy
Mr Thorne
Mrs Thorne

Friend
Mr & Mrs Kiy
Mr Lutton

 

 

 

 

 

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