At the opening gala of its 2018 season on Saturday 3 March, the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) presented Lady Primrose Potter AC with a Life Membership to celebrate her generous support for the Orchestra.
Announcing the honour, Michael Ullmer, Chairman of the MSO, said it was a privilege to pay tribute to Lady Potter.
“Lady Potter has been a tremendous champion of the MSO, contributing her unwavering passion and energy in support of this great Orchestra,” he said.
“As an avid concert-goer and frequent face in our foyers, Lady Potter shares her love of MSO with all who cross her path. Through her joyful participation, her commitment, and her belief in us, Lady Potter has helped write the story of the MSO. This is our way of saying ‘Thank you’ for her outstanding commitment to music in Melbourne and to our city’s Orchestra,” said Mr Ullmer.
Lady Potter AC has been a subscriber since she moved to Melbourne in 1975 and a patron of the MSO for decades. Through the Ian Potter Foundation, of which she is a Life Governor, Lady Potter has also contributed generously to the MSO over many years. She is currently a proud supporter of the MSO’s Principal Timpani position.
Lady Potter’s Life Membership is one of only six the MSO has awarded in its long history. Other recipients include the late John Brockman AOM, the late Honourable Alan Goldberg AO QC, Sir Elton John CBE, Geoffrey Rush AC and Ila Vanrenen.