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The Centenary of the Con

It's been at the heart of Sydney's cultural life, home to leading musicians and the first full-time orchestra in the country. Perched on the shore above the harbour, its distinctive turrets have welcomed generations of music lovers arriving at dusk for a concert. The Sydney Conservatorium of Music celebrates its centenary in 2015. This lavishly illustrated history records its story, from its humble beginnings in the old Government House stables, to its current accommodation in facilities that are, by any measure, outstanding. Peter McCallum recounts the stories of renowned performances as well as the many colourful characters who have worked at the Con: Henri Verbrugghen, Eugene Goossens and Rex Hobcroft, innovative directors who shaped the institution; great musicians Florence Austral, Roger Woodward, Joan Sutherland, Richard Bonynge, Charles Mackerras, Malcolm Williamson, Peter Sculthorpe and Don Burrows; the teachers and the students. Behind the scenes, there was always the need to accommodate changes in musical style, secure funding and navigate relationships with government, the University of Sydney and the other musical institutions.
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Preface 1 Carmichael's folly 2 'Amazing revelations' 3 The regular dynamo 4 Cross rhythms 5 Thinking of England 6 The advent of Aunty 7 Conductor and director 8 Apogee and apocalypse 9 Local talent 10 The Age of Aquarius 11 All that jazz 12 Distant spires and antique towers 13 The last night of the con 14 From the New World Notes Index

About the Author

PETER McCALLUM is Associate Professor at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Chair of the Academic Board of the University of Sydney. He has published on the music of Beethoven, Boulez and the classical era, and also reviews classical music for The Sydney Morning Herald. He has had a long association with the Conservatorium, as both a student (1972-75) and staff member (since 1985), and was Assistant Principal and Head of School from 1996 to 2003. JULIE SIMONDS is a music editor, broadcaster, composer and music arranger. She was the music editor of the ABC and Symphony Australia, President of the Fellowship of Australian Composers and Special Projects Administrator at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Julie is a breakfast radio presenter with Fine Music 102.5. Her current position in the Conservatorium is Assistant Manager (Music Program), Conservatorium High School.

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