The TSO announces that the ANAM Concerto Competition 2018 this Saturday, 3 November at Federation Concert Hall will be dedicated to the memory of Richard Gill AO, acclaimed conductor, teacher and tireless advocate for music education in Australia, who passed away last weekend after a long illness.
Gill had longstanding relationships with both the TSO, most recently producing a series of educational videos (available free online) and ANAM where his involvement included directing bi-monthly choir sessions. ABC Classic FM’s Christopher Lawrence, who knew Gill for over 40 years, will compere the concert, which is free of charge.
The Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM) is home of the nation’s elite young musicians. In this concert, specially selected students from ANAM perform concertos with the TSO under conductor Nicholas Cleobury.
Richard’s work in developing young musicians and creating opportunities is recognised world-wide. He was Artistic Director of the Education Program for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of OzOpera, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and Artistic Advisor for the Musica Viva Education program. He was most recently Music Director of Sydney Chamber Choir, Artistic Director of the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra (ARCO) and was the Founder and Director of the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program.