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
29 Oct 2018 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.
7 Aug 2014 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
For Sarah by Richard Gill
Works commissioned and written for Richard Gill
CDs, Books and Kits featuring Richard Gill
Events featuring Richard Gill
1 Oct 2016 NSW: Nelson Mass & Missa Alchera
19 Mar 2016 NSW: Carmina Burana
World premieres given by Richard Gill
Kalkadungu : for soloist (voice, electric guitar, didjeridu) and orchestra by Matthew Hindson and William Barton— 2 Apr 08 (Sydney Opera House Concert Hall)
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)
Future : for soprano, baritone, chorus and orchestra by Nicholas Vines— 28 Aug 02 (Performance by combined MLC-Trinity Orchestra, at Bowman Hall, Blacktown, NSW)
The earth that fire touches : for soprano soloist, SATB chorus and orchestra by John Peterson— 28 Aug 02 (Bowman Hall, Blacktown, Sydney)
In memoriam : concerto for amplified cello and orchestra by Matthew Hindson— 4 Apr 01 (Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Australia.)
Analysis & Media
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