Vale Richard Gill AO

Monday, 29 Oct 2018

It is with great sadness that APRA AMCOS says farewell to composer member, conductor and educator Richard Gill AO, who passed away on Sunday, age 76. Throughout a career spanning more than 50 years, Gill's work from the classroom to the concert hall impacted countless Australians. 

Gill began his working life as a music teacher, he composed music for TV and film, and over the years held a series of high-profile conductor and artistic leadership roles, including Dean of the Western Australian Conservatorium of Music, Chorus Director for Opera Australia, Founding Music Director of Victorian Opera and Musical Director of the Sydney Chamber Choir, 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 and artistic director of the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra. 

His honours are many, and in 2016 he was named Officer of the Order of Australia. At the 2014 Art Music Awards, Gill received the Distinguished Services to Australian Music Award. He received the Bernard Heinze Award for Services to Music in Australia in 1999, the AMC award for Most Distinguished Contribution to the Presentation of Australian Composition by an Individual in 2001, a Classical Music Award for Distinguished Contribution to the Advancement of Australian Music in Education in 2004, and the Don Banks Music Award in 2006.

Gill was a true believer in the power of music in schools, empowering educators through The National Music Teacher Mentoring Program, founded in 2015, which has reached thousands of students already.

"Richard Gill reached so many students, educators, composers, musicians, and audiences through what was truly his life's work: to inspire and lead through music. He will be greatly missed." said APRA AMCOS Chief Executive Dean Ormston

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