Life On The Job



Richard Gill  - Australian Music Director (4 November 1942 -  28 October 2018 )

Richard Gill
(Source: ABC)

Introduction:

Richard James Gill OAM (born 4 November 1941 in Sydney) was an Australian conductor who  earned awards for his work. He conducted choral, orchestral and operatic works, and has been involved in music training and education. (Source: Wikipedia)

Richard Gill was born in the Eastern Suburbs, but his family moved and he grew up in the northern districts of Sydney at Epping in post war Australia. (Source: Culture Concept)

Richard died of cancer on 28 October 2018.

TedX Sydney
Listen to Richard Gill's ideas on Music Education 

Did You Know?

20102014

Richard Gill [20 October 2014] said the program would identify strong teachers from state primary schools, provide them with more professional development from music experts, and use those high performing music teachers to train others.

Richard Gill was an internationally respected music educator and conductor. He was Founding Dean of the West Australian Conservatorium of Music, has been director of chorus and conductor for Opera Australia, has been artistic director of OzOpera, artistic director and chief conductor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and the Adviser for the Musica Viva in Schools program. He has conducted all the Symphony Australia Network Orchestras and was the founding music director of Victorian Opera. He was the conductor Emeritus of Victorian Opera, artistic director of the Sydney Symphony Education Program, a position he held for over twenty years, and artistic director of the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia, a special mentoring orchestra he co-founded in 1996. He has been awared two Honorary Doctorates and an OAM for services to music. (Source: Sydney Writers Festival)

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Richard Gill on Spicks and Specks
Richard Gill on the TV show "Spicks and Specks"

Education & Training:

Richard Gill went to Marist Brothers Eastwood for his school education.

Gill began music lessons quite late – at the age of 13 – while everyone else he would later study with at the Sydney Conservatorium probably started at four or five. (Source: The Weekly Review)

The Conservatorium of Music Sydney
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music

When he started at the Conservatorium of Music in 1959 his general knowledge was far from prodigious, something those around him made him acutely aware of. One teacher told him ‘his hands frightened her’ and she could not see him learning to play a piano. However he pushed on regardless and kept only looking forward at what he might achieve ahead and he made his own luck and fortune.  (Source: Culture Concept)

 
Employment:

Prior to becoming a professional conductor, Richard Gill was a music teacher at Marsden High School, West Ryde, in Sydney.

In 1969, he was the founding conductor of the Strathfield Symphony Orchestra in Sydney. He continued as conductor in 1973/74, and returned in 1979 to conduct the orchestra's 10th anniversary concert. (Source: Wikipedia)

Gill was a teacher in Sydney, then London, rose through the Sydney Conservatorium’s ranks to senior lecturer, taught in the US and was the University of Western Australia’s founding dean of music.  (Source: The Weekly Review)

In 1971 he studied at the Orff Institute of the Mozarteum in Salzburg. He was later invited to teach at the summer schools in Salzburg; on one occasion he was one of the pianists in the version of Carmina Burana for two pianos and percussion, conducted by Carl Orff himself.  (Source: Wikipedia)

Richard Gill was Founding Music Director and Conductor Emeritus of Victorian Opera [2005 - 2012] and was also Artistic Director of the Education Program for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. He has been Artistic Director of OzOpera, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, and the Adviser for the Musica Viva In Schools program. He has held several important posts including Dean of the West Australian Conservatorium of Music (1985-1990) and Director of Chorus at The Australian Opera (1990-1996)

2014: Richard was appointed musical director of the Sydney Chamber Choir
(Source: Arts Management)

YouTube: videos

The Power of Music with Richard Gill OAM, at Happiness and Its Causes 2016
(URL: https://youtu.be/uC_4gVzGvoc )

 

Spicks and Specks - Richard was a regular participant
Series 8, Episode 11

(URL: https://youtu.be/IDpqWMhaNHk )

 

 

Q&A 2011: YouTube (URL: https://youtu.be/pXbKIShvY_E )

 
Q&A Highlight – Bang On [National Curriculum] 20 October 2014
(URL: https://youtu.be/EjwlLlYdSpo )




The TSO in Your Classroom with Richard Gill AO, Beethoven Rocks
(URL: https://youtu.be/5Y3fFlapmNo )


Opportunities & Awards:

Richard Gill has received numerous accolades, including an Order of Australia Medal, the Bernard Heinze Award, honorary doctorates from the Edith Cowan University of Western Australia and the Australian Catholic University, the Australian Music Centre's award for Most Distinguished Contribution to the Presentation of Australian Composition by an individual, and the Australia Council's prestigious Don Banks Award. (Source: Sydney Symphony)

Don Banks Music Award

Richard Gill was named the Senior Australian of the Year [in 2005]. (Source: ABC) 

His Death

Musical send-off for beloved conductor

An impromptu orchestra plays outside the house of conductor Richard Gill in the last hours of his terminal illness.

Paul Goodchild said The Dam Busters March was Mr Gill's favourite song from his favourite movie.

Dozens gathered outside his home in Stanmore in Sydney's inner west on Saturday to play his favourite song, The Dam Busters March [as Richard was dying]

The tribute was organised by Gill's longtime colleague and friend Paul Goodchild, the associate principal trumpet of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

"This was the perfect way of saying thank you, goodbye and a great tribute to somebody who has made so much of a difference, to not only the lives of musicians, but to everybody who really listens to music," Goodchild said.

"I expected maybe 15, 20 people to turn up and we had over 70 there, and even the police band turned up as well." (Source: SMH)

YouTube: Rendition of Dambusters for Richard Gill (URL: https://youtu.be/hd8sZDqrCFk )

 

 

Links:

bullet.gif (981 bytes)Give Me Excess of It

Give Me Excess of It

Give Me Excess of It is Richard's memoir, tracing his life from school days to the highs (and lows) of conducting and directing an opera company.

bullet.gif (981 bytes)Sydney Symphony Orchestra: Richard Gill biography

SSO


bullet.gif (981 bytes)DEC - Richard Gill

DEC
bullet.gif (981 bytes)Limelight: Every child needs music

Limelight


bullet.gif (981 bytes)ABC - Saturday Extra: Richard Gill: If I were PM....

Saturday Extra


Audio of interview with Geraldine Doogue

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SMH


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SSO Message


bullet.gif (981 bytes)Richard Gill - Conducting Unbecoming & Igniting Imagination

Richard Gill
bullet.gif (981 bytes)Richard Gill - Conductor [Mashpedia - a video site]

Mashpedia
bullet.gif (981 bytes) Richard Gill - Life Matters

Life Matters
bullet.gif (981 bytes)Sydney Morning Herald 28 October 2018

SMH 28 October 2018
bullet.gif (981 bytes)Arts Hub: Vale Richard Gill

Arts Hub
bullet.gif (981 bytes)Business Insider 29 October 2018

Business Insider
bullet.gif (981 bytes)ABC Drive: Audio file
Legendary conductor, teacher and music educator Richard Gill, who died over the weekend, gave several Self Improvement lessons on Drive. Take a listen to this one from 2013 on The Marriage of Figaro. Richard will be greatly missed.

Duration: 16min 50sec
Broadcast: Wed 31 Oct 2018, 4:00pm

ABC Drive
 

 

 Activities 

Your ideas for a Youth Chamber Choir..... 

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Critical & Creative ThinkingAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical & Creative Thinking

1. Read the following article (March 2014)

Richard Gill

 

"He says he wants to start an additional youth chamber choir and not all of its music will be classical. "There's a whole world of music out there - contemporary popular music, for example," Gill says."

2. What music would you recommend?

Make a list of contemporary popular music and send to "On the Job".

3. Read the following article....

Richard Gill

4. Design a program for the current year of Classical Music.

Why did you select certain pieces? Give your reasons.

 

5. Reflection: How could you contribute to make Richard Gill's vision live on?

 

What are your views on Music Education?

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ICT
Australian Curriculum General Capability: Information and Communication Technology 

Critical & Creative ThinkingAustralian Curriculum General Capability: Critical & Creative Thinking

1. Look at the following video of Richard and his views on Music Education:

TEDxSydney - Richard Gill - The Value of Music Education:
https://youtu.be/HeRus3NVbwE

 

2. Richard Gill believed.... "Music learning should be taught to ALL children from the a very early age (3 years of age)!"

Every child needs music

 3. Give your opinion. Agree? Not Sure? Disagree?

4. Give your reasoning and examples to back up your opinion.

5. Publish using Scoop it

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