28 August 2013
Art Music Awards 2013: 'Buoyed Up' speech by George Dreyfus (audio)
© Cynthia Sciberras
'Buoyed up. Thank you APRA, AMC, for the award - I feel completely buoyed up'. This is how composer George Dreyfus, a skilled and down-to-earth orator, began his acceptance speech at Monday night's Art Music Awards ceremony. Characteristically honest and punctuated with moments of self-deprecating humor, the speech will be remembered as one of the most engaging in the history of the Awards, its underlying message the artist's need for support by colleagues as well as by society at large.
The 85-year-old Dreyfus AM received the Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music (as determined by the APRA Board of Writer and Publisher Directors) for his long career as a composer of operas, symphonies, chamber works and scores for over 60 film and television productions. George Dreyfus's son, violinist and composer Jonathan Dreyfus, took part in a musical tribute to his father - another son, Federal Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC was also present.
> Listen to Dreyfus's speech as mp3 audio.
Music Awards 2013 ceremony - not a lone wolf in sight'
(report from the awards ceremony on Resonate, 29 August 2013)
> 'Art Music Awards - winners announced' (Resonate, 26 August 2013)
> 'Art Music Awards 2013 - Distinguished Services Award to George Dreyfus' (Resonate, 14 August 2013)
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