The public outpouring of grief with the death of Richard Gill over the past week is unprecedented in Australia. Yes, perhaps for a politician or a sportsperson, but for a musician, unapologetically classically-oriented in an age when the demise of such music is regularly touted? This outpouring is evident that so many lives have been touched, so many eyes and ears opened, so much laughter and music has been shared with this great man. I find it fascinating how so many of us have been compelled to share our Richard story – with the sense that this is exactly what he would have wanted.
Richard Gill's legacy is those who glimpsed his vision.
I couldn’t wait to get into the conductor’s rehearsals, every one a masterclass, and I mourn that amazing mind.
James Valentine talks to composer Nigel Westlake and ABC Classic FM presenter Martin Buzacott about the late Richard Gill.
Richard Gill’s memoir was entitled Give Me Excess of It (2012).
The famous quote from Duke Orsino of Illyria in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night (If music be the food of love, play on, give me excess of it ... ) described Gill’s attitude to life – never give up, keep going, enjoy every second, make a difference; don’t die wondering.
Above all Gill, the original Australian ‘citizen of music’, was devoted to anything and everything about music and musicians from the trivial to the sublime. He was a teacher's teacher and a musician’s musician.
The classical music world is in mourning following the death of Richard Gill, the legendary conductor, teacher and tireless advocate for music education in Australia. Today on Legends we celebrate his life.
Conductor, music educator, composer, and media star, Richard Gill died on 28 October 2018, leaving behind a gaping chasm in Australian music.
Conductor and music educator Richard Gill died peacefully at his home in Sydney on Sunday morning 28 October, at the age of 76. His work will live on in all those musicians and students he inspired. One of these, as well as Richard's personal friend, is composer Nigel Westlake, who shares his memories in this article.
Richard Gill was able to convey to anyone a love of music that was infectious.
Conductor and Music Educator Richard Gill dies at 76
Richard Gill has died at the age of 76. Andrew Ford remembers his legacy as a conductor and music educator.
Richard Gill AO – Perspective & Celebration
We pay tribute to Richard Gill AO who was born on November 4, 1941 and died at his home on Sunday 28 October, 2018 after a year-long battle with cancer. Richard was a champion of Australian music with no equal. As a celebrated conductor, an educator of children, musicians and curious audience members, and most recently, a founder of the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra, he will be remembered for his contagious energy and flamboyant rhetoric. His passing is a profound loss for the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra and Australia alike.