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RICHARD GILL, Australian conductor, teacher and tireless advocate for music education (particularly for children), died on Sunday, 28 October 2018 at the age of 76, just a week before his 77th birthday. We are sad. Longtime colleague and friend Paul Goodchild, associate principal trumpet of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, organised a musical flash mob to play Gill’s favourite piece of music, ‘The Dambuster’s March’ (from the film of the same name), as a tribute outside his home during the last hours of his life. Paul expected about 20 musos to turn up, but in the end about 70 arrived, including a police band. Goodchild told ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’ that Richard was one of a kind who always remembered the name of everyone he met, including people he taught at school 40 years ago. We will miss him. (Photo montage by L.J. May)

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 VALE RICHARD GILL – CONDUCTOR, TEACHER, TIRELESS ADVOCATE FOR MUSIC EDUCATION, AND ALL-ROUND GOOD EGG!

 

 

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From November 2017 to May this year, cameras followed the journey of a group of Year 4 students at CHALLIS COMMUNITY PRIMARY SCHOOL in Perth, as they commenced their new music education program with instruments donated by the community. The first of three x one-hour episodes of ‘DON’T STOP THE MUSIC’ aired on ABC-TV on Sunday, 11 November 2018 at 7.40 p.m. – two more to go. Will the kids blossom? Tune in on Sundays at 7.40 p.m. to follow their progress. At bottom right, Samuel badly wanted to play a violin and was over the moon when he actually got given one. Go to the website at https://www.abc.net.au/events/dstm for more. (Photo montage by L.J. May)