Mrs Hurley’s Consort – Daniella Lee, Scarlett Aalders, Eddy Sit and Jessie Abrahams
Seen here with Minister for Foreign Affairs, The Hon Julie Bishop MP
International law firm, King & Wood Mallesons has endowed a chair in music education at the Conservatorium High School to be known as The King & Wood Mallesons Conservatorium Chair in Music Education. The inaugural appointee to this prestigious position is the internationally acclaimed music-educator and conductor, Richard Gill AO.
The announcement was made at Government House, Sydney, by KWM Partner, Mr David Friedlander, in the presence of Mrs Linda Hurley, wife of the Governor of NSW and Patron of the Conservatorium High School. In his address, Mr Friedlander stated his firm’s belief that music should be an essential part of every child’s education. “We want to lend our support to raising the profile of music education in this country.” He praised the achievements and unflagging commitment to music education of Mr Gill – “at once, its most persuasive advocate and its most accomplished practitioner.”
KWM’s philanthropy in support of music education is something of a first in this country as the personal chair has been established through the NSW Public Education Foundation. Unlike university-type chairs, the focus of the KWM Conservatorium Chair is not academic research but practical, ‘hands-on’ engagement. “KWM believes that the most effective way of supporting the betterment of music education is by championing the important work of Richard Gill, especially his mentoring of teachers. We would also like to formalise Mr Gill’s long association with the Conservatorium High School and to facilitate his working more closely with both secondary and tertiary students of the Conservatorium.”
Broken Bay, Hawkesbury River
Conductors Dr Paul Terracini & Mr Mark Brown with guest conductor Dr John P Lynch
We’re proud to announce that two Conservatorium High School students , Andrei Hadap Year 11 and past student Pavle Cajic are among the eight finalists of The Metropolitan Orchestra’s inaugural Composer Development Program. These eight talented NSW based composers will now enter Stages One and Two of the program where they will work with our Artistic Director and Chief Conductor Sarah-Grace Williams and an ensemble of TMO’s principal players to fine tune their work. Four will then progress to Stage Three where they will workshop their pieces with The Metropolitan Orchestra at The Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre Ultimo on July 22nd.
The eight finalists of the Composer Development Program. Clockwise from top left: Andrei Hadap, Alison Ireland, Laura Bishop, Nigel Ubrihien, Heather Shannon, Katja Jorgensen, Yusaku Abiko and Pavle Cajic
Join The Orchestra Workshop Session
The final stage will give four composers the rare opportunity to workshop their piece with a full orchestra. The workshop will be recorded and composers will receive a copy of their recorded piece. From this stage, one piece may be selected for inclusion in TMO’s 2017 Concert Season.
The final workshop at Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre will be open for general audience attendance from 10am to 5pm. Watch the process of creating sensational new music, and be the first to hear these works performed live for the very first time.
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If you’d like to come along to this symphony orchestra workshop day,
Composer Development Program
Stage 3 Workshop with Symphony Orchestra
Friday July 22nd, 10am to 5pm
Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo
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