Richard Gill, world-infamous conductor and music educator, dies age 76


Tributes drift for ‘estimable teacher’ and passionate music advocate who died from cancer in Sydney on Sunday

Richard Gill in 2005.

Richard Gill, pictured right here in 2005, died at residence in Sydney on Sunday morning.
Photograph: Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Internationally infamous conductor and music educator Richard Gill died at his residence in Sydney on Sunday, age 76. He had been receiving adore colorectal and peritoneal cancer.

On Saturday, larger than 70 musicians gathered exterior of his residence with their instruments and music stands, and played one amongst his popular pieces, The Dam Busters March.


Richard Gill on Q&A “Every person can lift out it! Don’t quit on music.” via @YouTube

October 27, 2018

Gill become as soon as obsessive about music education, particularly in public colleges. He specialised in opera, musical theatre and choral practising and appeared on tv exhibits esteem Spicks and Specks and Q&A to bring these kinds to wider audiences.

He become as soon as the founder and first inventive director of Victorian Opera, and created the Nationwide Song Instructor Mentoring Program, a plot funded by the authorities and designed to lengthen entry to fantastic music education for all Australian main college students. He become as soon as additionally director of the Sydney Chamber Choir, head of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra, and become as soon as connected to the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra, and the Australian Nationwide Academy of Song.

Leigh Gross sales

Australia has misplaced a in fact gorgeous human being this morning. You would be laborious pressed to name anybody who has done extra for public music education on this nation. A estimable teacher, scrumptious particular person, drive of nature, absolute memoir. Vale.

October 27, 2018

In 1994 Gill received an Utter of Australia Medal, and in August he become as soon as awarded the Arts Management Award at a ceremony held by Artistic Partnerships Australia on the Artwork Gallery of NSW. His final public efficiency become as soon as in July, when he led the Sydney Flash Mob Choir through The Beatles’ When I’m Sixty-4 on the City Recital Hall in Sydney.

Anne Knock

Vale Richard Gill.

Unhappy to study the lack of this helpful man. @DWS_80 & I met him for espresso in the lead up to the @LE_Aust conference in Can also fair. We were impressed by his ardour for music education & reaching out to younger folk on the perimeters, engaging a love of music.

October 27, 2018

In a tribute posted to Facebook, the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra wrote that Gill “spent a lifestyles systematically addressing the fashionable shortcomings and neglect of music in Australia’s education system”.

“He become as soon as convinced of the actual effects of music on younger folk,” the post talked about.

“Like the fading of an even wanting sustained present, or that magical silence following a unparalleled efficiency, a loss as predominant as Richard Gill can’t be adequately explained or understood.”