Melbourne Recital Centre’s Stage Door Attendant Lowina Blackman is not only a music-lover, she also cares about her community.
“I give because I would like to help Melbourne Recital Centre maintain the highest standard of live music. Share the Music is my favourite program - it brings music to people and brightens up their day. I contribute to this meaningful program to spread the love!
I played classical piano for about seven years when I was a kid, and then in bands during university until about the age of 25, including pop, rock, metal and ska punk. I’m also a big karaoke fan – I could go to karaoke by myself and sing for eight hours! My husband is into garage bands and electronic music. He was a DJ and in bands (on saxophone and bass guitar) when he was at university in London. I’m excited to surprise him with my seat plaque at our next concert!
I’ve pretty much worked in the creative arts my whole life, with 10 years in fashion (from fashion designer to production manager in Hong Kong, Shanghai, the UK and Melbourne). I’ve been a wedding photographer since 2016, and own Black Avenue Productions (blackavenueproductions.com.au). My next project is to create a guided meditation YouTube channel with a pianist friend from university, who will make the healing background music.
I started working at Melbourne Recital Centre in 2014 (because it’s a great place to work)! During one of our staff meetings I learned that the Centre’s income comes from government funding, box office sales and donations, and that a large part of the program running costs are covered by donors (I thought ticket sales covered these costs). This motivated me to donate and help a little bit.”