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Composition Workshop with Richard Gill

  • Carinya Christian School 25 Boronia Drive Calala, NSW, 2340 Australia (map)

Yr 9 - 12 Elective Music Students in Tamworth and surrounding areas are invited to a rare, one day event with leading Australian Music Educator, Richard Gill. Students will be participating in 2 composition workshops and focus works performances throughout the day and will be given a kit including scores, analysis and suggested classroom activities based on the three focus works. 

COST: $45.00 per student

Morning tea and sausage sizzle lunch provided.

Students attending are invited to submit a one minute composition for String Quartet or a combination of instruments from String Quartet (i.e Violin duo, Viola Solo, Trio for 2 Violins and Cello etc.). Compositions need to be submitted by 20th June to

*A limited number of compositions will be selected for performance and analysis.


9:00am - Performance of Focus Works

10:20am - Morning Tea

10:35am - Composition Workshop Session 1

12:10pm - Lunch

12:45pm - Composition Workshop Session 2

1:30pm - Performance of Focus Works

2:10pm - Close


Richard Gill, AO, Founding Music Director and Conductor Emeritus of Victorian Opera, is one of Australia's pre-eminent and most admired conductors in opera, musical theatre and vocal and choral training and is internationally respected as a music educator. Richard's work in developing young musicians and creating opportunities for them is recognised world-wide. Richard has been Artistic Director of the Education Program for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Artistic Director of OzOpera, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and Artistic Advisor for the Musica Viva Education program. He is currently Music Director of Sydney Chamber Choir, Artistic Director of the Australian Romantic and Classical Orchestra (ARCO) and is the Founder and Director of the National Music Teacher Mentoring Program.

Most recently, Richard Gill has had the honour of being appointed to a personal chair. The International law firm, King & Wood Mallesons, has endowed a chair in music education at the Conservatorium High School, secondary arm of the Conservatorium of Music in Sydney. Richard is the inaugural King & Wood Mallesons Conservatorium Chair in Music Education.

This year Richard continues his associations with Melbourne Symphony Orchestra for Ears Wide Open, Sydney Chamber Choir, Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra for Unwrap the Music, Taipei American School as the Joanna Nichols Performing Artist in Residence, and the Australian National Academy of Music, Melbourne as well as continuing in his role as a mentor and music educator to young musicians, teachers and many community groups in Australia. 

Recent engagements have included the International Schools Choral Music Society (ISCMS) Festival in Beijing, Anzac Commemorative and Discovery concerts (Sydney Symphony); New Zealand Symphony Orchestra National Youth Orchestra; Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra for Festival of Voices, including St. Matthew Passion; Ears Wide Open and the Metropolis Festival (Melbourne Symphony); Unwrap the Music with Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra; Sydney Chamber Choir; director of the National Music Camp for the Australian Youth Orchestra in Canberra; Sleeping Beauty (Pantomime), Cinderella (Pantomime), The Rake’s Progress, The Marriage of Figaro, The Play of Daniel, the Viva Verdi Gala concerts, The Magic Flute, Sing Your Own Opera, How to Kill Your Husband and The Threepenny Opera (at Sydney Theatre Company) all for Victorian Opera; Family concerts, Meet the Music and Tea with Symphony for Sydney Symphony; Classic Kids concerts with Melbourne Symphony; New Zealand Symphony Orchestra; Sydney Youth Orchestra; Melbourne Youth Music and Young Symphonists (Australian Youth Orchestra).  In 2012 Richard’s memoirs “Give Me Excess of It”, described by Pan Macmillan as “warm, extremely funny, highly opinionated, occasionally rude (where warranted) and always sublimely full of the love of music”, were published.

Further works Richard has conducted for Victorian Opera include The Coronation of Poppea, Damnation of Faust, Julius Caesar, Don Giovanni, Duke Bluebeard’s Castle, Carmina Burana, Ariadne auf Naxos, Noyes Fludde, The Snow Queen, Così fan Tutte, Metamorphosis, Les Noces/Oedipus Rex, St John Passion, The Parrott Factory, The Cockatoos and the world premiere of Rembrandt’s Wife.

Richard Gill - credit Nick Gilbert
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