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ECU remembers Dr Richard Gill

Monday, 29 October 2018

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Edith Cowan University today pays tribute to Dr Richard Gill AO (1942-2018), founding Dean of The Western Australian Conservatorium of Music (now The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts).

He passed away at his Sydney home following a year-long battle with cancer.

Dr Gill is widely acknowledged as the father figure of music education in Australia for his advocacy of the importance of music in the life of Australian children.

During his time at the Conservatorium from 1985 to 1990, Dr Gill assembled a team of talented staff who implemented and taught an innovative music curriculum.

His work contributed to the ongoing success of WAAPA, which became part of ECU with the establishment of the University in 1991.

In 1995 ECU recognised his many contributions to music education by conferring upon him the honorary award of Doctor of Music.

Dr Gill remained a key part of WAAPA, regularly returning as a visiting artist to impart his knowledge on new generations of music students.

WAAPA Coordinator of Classical Music Tim White described Dr Gill as an unstoppable avalanche of energy, joy, imagination, creativity and support.

“Richard touched the lives of every musician in Australia, and his unending advocacy of the value of music and music education is a gift to us all,” he said.

“Richard was the founding Dean of Classical Music at The Western Australian Conservatorium of Music and it’s impossible to thank him enough for the power of his vision and the strength of his legacy.

“His energy was legendary, his inspiration was endless, and his love, support and encouragement of every single student changed each of their lives.

“Richard radiated goodness and positivity. He transformed so many people’s lives, inspired so many people’s careers, broadened all of our horizons, challenged all of us to do our best, and changed our society for the better.

“His life and legacy is an unimaginably valuable gift to Australia."

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