The KPO is a truly community-based orchestra.
A KPO receives a modest grant from Ku-ring-gai Council and no on-going financial support is received from the State or Federal governments. Each year more than 90% of the Orchestra’s funding must be sourced from ticket sales, from the support of many individuals and from community-minded companies.
The Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra enjoys an unrivalled reputation:
For superb presentations of exciting, interesting music.
For innovative, community-focussed programs - including the NSW Secondary Schools Concerto Competition, Kids' Proms concerts, its Composer Workshops, and commissions of special works from leading Australian composers.
The Ku-ring-gai Philharmonic Orchestra (KPO) was founded in 1971 by the Chinese-Australian conductor Helen Quach, with the support of the Ku-ring-gai Municipal Council and the Australian Council of the Arts, under the patronage of Alderman J.F. Bennett (Mayor of Ku-ring-gai), Sir Charles Moses (ABC), Rex Hobcroft (Director of the N.S.W. Conservatorium of Music), Sir Bernard Heinze and John Hopkins (both conductors of the SSO).