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Learning & Access Monthly Update

Learning & Access Monthly Update

June was a busy month for a number of young musicians participating in our Artist Development programs as part of the learning stream. We also facilitated some well-received 'Beyond the Centre' events in regional performance venues and Aged Care facilities.   

Share the Music

42 Music Lovers joined us as part of Share the Music

We welcomed several clients from community organisations like the Father Bob Foundation, Wintringham Housing, and Calvary Care.

Supported by Share the Music donors

Charity Tickets

2 Not-for-profit organisations were supported through Charity Tickets

The Centre was able to support both the Cerebral Palsy Education Centre and the Living Support Fund that assists recent refugees.

Master Classes

3 Young Artists participated in a Vadim Gluzman Master Class

On Wednesday 26 June we welcomed some promising young musicians to Primrose Potter Salon for a Master Class with Vadim Gluzman;

  • Leanne McGowan, Australian National Academy of Music 
  • Aidan Filshie, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music
  • Aziel Verner, Australian National Academy of Music

‘It’s a valuable experience both knowledge and performance wise. It’s a stage where we as budding musicians can present a movement of a work and gain an insightful view and opinion from an already well established artist. I will take this experience and learn from it and hopefully have the opportunity to pass on the knowledge to others.’ Master Class participant

Supported by Ensemble Giovane


Artist Development program for selected Government school students in Years 10-12 

Our Accelerando musicians attended their third industry workshop for the year on Saturday 22 June. The workshop was titled 'Kneading the Dough' and focused on getting a musical project off the ground with the right financial support. Joining University of Melbourne's Susan de Weger and Melbourne Recital Centre's Director of Development Sandra Robertson was independent artist Matt Sheers, the musician behind Orcha. 

Supported by The Peggy and Leslie Cranbourne Foundation 

Bach Competition Finalists

Bach Competition

Celebrating 10 years of supporting young artists

It was a close competition on Sunday 16 June in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall where 10 finalists battled it out. 

The award winners on the day were;

  • Dindin Wang - Richard Mills Prize
  • Ji Woo Yoon - Encouragement Award
  • Leanne McGowan - Encouragement Award
  • Meng Xia - Young Bach Scholar Encouragement Award 

First prize winner Dindin, joins her twin sister Dandan, who won the same Bach Competition prize in 2018, as a Kohl scholar at the prestigious Colburn Music Academy on the West Coast of the US in August this year. Congratulations to Dindin and Dandan Wang!

Supported by Richard Mills AM, Martine Letts, Vivienne Ritchie, Newsboys Foundation, and Maria Johnson on behalf of The Late Harry Johnson

Saray Illuminado at the Bendigo Capital Theatre

Regional Touring & Music Always

Delivering world-class musicians to all Victorians

During the first weekend of June, our Artistic Planning Coordinator Sarah Wade facilitated a performance for ensemble Saray Illuminado at the Bendigo Capital Theatre as part of our Regional Touring program. The staff commented that the music was great, steeped in history, and the variety of songs and interactions with the audience were spot on. The next morning the musicians visited Bentleys Aged Care in Bendigo as part of the Music Always program. 

‘I had an amazing experience (at Bentleys) with an elderly Scottish-Australian lady who was married to a Bosnian gentleman for 50 years, and knew the repertoire we play quite intimately. 

We ended up having morning tea with the residents and it was an incredible experience - I cried for much of the drive back home. 
Thank you so much for making these community outreach events happen. We witnessed the power of them.’ Saray Iluminado member Nela

Regional Touring Program supported by Dr Geraldine Lazarus & Mr Greig Gailey 
Music Always supported by Graeme & Angelina Wise and the Hansen-Little Foundation

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