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Richard Gill

Random Audio Sample: A dream only just begun : for SATB choir, bass voice and orchestra by Matthew Orlovich, from the CD Federation celebration, 28th and 29th August 2002.

Richard Gill (b. 1941-2018) was one of Australia's pre-eminent conductors and worked with every major Australian orchestra. He was respected and recognised internationally for his extensive work as a music educator.

Throughout his career of over 50 years, Richard Gill demonstrated a true commitment to the musical development of young musicians. Gill started out as a high school music teacher, and, over his career, held positions including Dean of the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music, music director of the Victorian Opera, artistic director of Sydney Symphony's Education Program, and, most recently, artistic advisor to the Musica Viva In Schools Program, music director of the Sydney Chamber Choir, King & Wood Mallesons Conservatorium Chair in Music Education at the Conservatorium High School, and artistic director of the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra.

Gill conducted all the major Australian opera companies, symphony and youth orchestras, New Zealand Symphony and Youth Orchestras, Sydney Chamber Choir and Sydney Philharmonia Choir, and performed at the Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide Festivals. Richard Gill conducted numerous Australian works, including many world premieres.

Gill was appointed as Officer of the Order Australia (AO) for his services to music in 2016. In 2014, he was presented the Art Music Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music. He had an Honorary Doctorate from the Edith Cowan University, Western Australia, and the Australian Catholic University. He received the Don Banks Music Award in 2006, and the Bernard Heinze Award for 'Services to Music in Australia' in 1999. He was also presented the Classical Music Award for 'Distinguished Contribution to the Advancement of Australian Music in Education' in 2004.

Richard Gill died in Sydney on Sunday 28 October 2018.

[Edited November 2018 - honorary doctorates; recent appointments.]

Articles by and about Richard Gill

Ears Wide Open: reflections and personal recollections of Richard Gill by Nigel Westlake

Conductor and music educator Richard Gill died peacefully at his home in Sydney on Sunday morning 28 October, at the age of 76. His work will live on in all those musicians and students he inspired. One of these, as well as Richard's personal friend, is composer Nigel Westlake, who shares his memories in this article.

Art Music Awards 2014 - Distinguished Services Award to Richard Gill by Australian Music Centre

APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Centre are excited to announce Richard Gill OAM as the recipient of the Distinguished Services to Australian Music Award for the 2014 Art Music Awards. He will accept the Award before his peers at a ceremony to be held at the Plaza Ballroom, Melbourne on Tuesday 26 August 2014.

Works by Richard Gill

Richard Gill is not an Australian Music Centre represented artist, however the following works can be found in our collection:

From Wibbleton to Wobbleton by Richard Gill

Works commissioned and written for Richard Gill

Kosciuszko by Stuart Greenbaum

The parrot factory by Stuart Greenbaum and Ross Baglin

Symphony by Barry Conyngham

World premieres given by Richard Gill

War Music : SATB choir with orchestra by James Ledger— 22 Apr 15

When soft voices die : choir and cor anglais by Mary Finsterer and Percy Bysshe Shelley— 12 Apr 14 (City Recital Hall Angel Place, NSW)

Symphony : full orchestra by Barry Conyngham— 7 Nov 12 (Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall, NSW)

Lightfall : for horn and orchestra by Christopher Gordon— 9 Sep 09 (Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall, NSW)

Rembrandt's wife (chamber opera) by Andrew Ford— 18 Apr 09 (Merlyn Theatre, VIC)

Violin concerto : violin with orchestra by Mark Grandison— 13 Mar 09 (Ferry Road Studios, Brisbane)

Kalkadungu : for soloist (voice, electric guitar, didjeridu) and orchestra by Matthew Hindson and William Barton— 2 Apr 08 (Sydney Opera House Concert Hall)

The full-rigged ship : full orchestra by Benedict Deane-Johns— 28 Aug 07 (City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney. )

When the clock strikes me : concerto for percussion and orchestra by Nigel Westlake— 14 Jun 06 (Meet the Music concert, Sydney Opera House Concert Hall)

Kosciuszko : for orchestra by Stuart Greenbaum— 28 Mar 06 (City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney)

Spin dance : for chamber orchestra by Paul Stanhope— 3 May 05 (City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney)

Helter skelter : for orchestra by Paul Stanhope— 5 Jun 04 (Eugene Goossens Hall, Ultimo, NSW)

Gemini suite : for small orchestra by Miloslav Penicka— 4 Dec 02 (Eugene Goossens Hall, Sydney)

Lindy : an opera in three acts by Moya Henderson, Moya Henderson and Judith Rodriguez— Oct 02 (Opera Theatrre, Sydney Opera House)

The earth that fire touches : for soprano soloist, SATB chorus and orchestra by John Peterson— 28 Aug 02 (Bowman Hall, Blacktown, Sydney)

Future : for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra by Nicholas Vines— 28 Aug 02 (Performance by combined MLC-Trinity Orchestra, at Bowman Hall, Blacktown, NSW)

Groundswell : for orchestra by Paul Stanhope— 22 Jul 02 (City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney)

Groundswell : for orchestra by Paul Stanhope— 20 Jul 02 (City Recital Hall, Angel Place, Sydney)

Variations for orchestra : full orchestra by Lee Bracegirdle— 6 Mar 02 (Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House)

Filter : for orchestra by Damian Barbeler— 12 Jun 01 (Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Ultimo Centre, Sydney)

In memoriam : concerto for amplified cello and orchestra by Matthew Hindson— 4 Apr 01 (Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Australia.)

Boom-box : for orchestra by Matthew Hindson— 21 Nov 00 (Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo, Sydney)

Velvet dreams : for SATB choir and orchestra by Matthew Hindson— 20 Jul 99 (Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Australia)

4 hours in a holding pattern : for orchestra by Stuart Greenbaum— 10 Oct 97 (South Melbourne Town Hall)

Eighth wonder : opera by Dennis Watkins and Alan John— Oct 95 (Sydney Opera House)

The celestial mirror : full orchestra by Brian Howard— 8 Jul 88 (His Majesty's Theatre, Perth)

Legend suite : full orchestra by Carl Vine— 7 Jul 88 (Her Majesty's Theatre, Perth, Western Australia)

William Blake triptych : for SATB choir by Gerald Glynn— 1 May 83 (Sydney Opera House)

Analysis & Media

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Photo of Richard Gill