Our Patrons

Tim Ferguson & Larry Sitsky AO

Music For Canberra is grateful for the support of our patrons; Music For Canberra patron, Tim Ferguson, and Canberra Youth Orchestra patron, Larry Sitsky AO.

Tim Ferguson

Tim Ferguson


Tim Ferguson is one of Australia’s most accomplished comedians and is well known for his professional and charitable works.

He has battled Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for 30 years, but it won’t get in his way! He wrote and directed the comedy movie ‘Spin Out’, tours the world with comedy trio the ‘Doug Anthony All Stars’, and has written novels, comedy manuals, and live shows.

Tim wrote bestselling memoir ‘Carry A Big Stick’ which details his career and battle with MS, and bestselling comedy screenwriting manual ‘The Cheeky Monkey – Writing Narrative Comedy’. He is Australia’s foremost teacher of screen comedy, consults for international production companies and networks, and he currently lectures in comedy & screenwriting at the Australian Film TV & Radio School (AFTRS), RMIT University & Victorian College of Arts (VCA).

“Music For Canberra is a thriving organisation that connects and supports musicians, groups and orchestras of all abilities in Canberra. Welcoming and enthusiastic, Music For Canberra provides a hub for the musicians and music fans of the ACT, helping musicians meet and collaborate. This year has seen them create and nurture extraordinary achievements across the region, with many exciting new projects for 2017 and beyond!” – Tim Ferguson

Larry Sitsky AO

Larry Sitsky AO

CYO Patron

Larry has had a long and distinguished career in the arts as a concert pianist, music educator, researcher and mentor to thousands of young musicians. He was a founding member of the Canberra School of Music, (now Australian National University School of Music), where he is now an Emeritus Professor, and has been the recipient of many honours including Order of Australia, Centenary Medal, Advance Australia award, and cultural ambassadorships to China, Russia and the USA.

Although this list of achievements are impressive, and possibly even a little intimidating, Larry has always given his time graciously and is a generous and approachable person.

“The 50th birthday of the CYO is a significant cultural milestone for all of the ACT. The CYO has helped to produce many fine musicians, who have gone on to further their careers and experience. It is especially at this moment, with the recent problems at the School of Music and the slow and gradual re-invigoration of the School within the ANU, that the CYO is vitally important. And, of course, the bottom line is the fine music-making that the CYO has done for half a century, in many many concerts, and thrilling many many audiences. Dear CYO, Happy Birthday, and let us look forward to the next 50 years!” – Larry Sitsky AO