Australian Music Foundation
The Australian Music Foundation UK is a charitable organisation based in London, which aims to promote and celebrate Australian musical life, by offering scholarships, performing opportunities and mentoring to young musicians who wish to pursue their post-graduate studies overseas. 2015 awardee, violinist Emily Sun, won the 2016 Royal Overseas League Gold Medal and the 2018 ABC Young Performer Award in Sydney, and soprano Lauren Fagan has recently appeared with Opera Holland Park as Violetta in La Traviata, and in Wagner’s Ring Cycle at the ROH,Covent Garden. Other distinguished Alumni include baritone Peter Coleman-Wright, pianist Jayson Gillham and guitarist Craig Ogden.
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Joe Chindamo - ‘This House’
22 November 2018
To celebrate the centenary of the opening of Australia House in London, TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall attended a reception at the Australian High Commission where HRH unveiled a wall plaque, mirroring the foundation stone laid by his great grandfather King George V in 1913, and also signed the same visitors’ book. The AMF commissioned Australian composer Joe Chindamo to write a piece to commemorate the occasion with the kind assistance of the High Commission. This House was performed at the event by a string ensemble of Australian and New Zealand musicians, including AMF awardees and alumni. The AMF was honoured to take part in the event, which also celebrated the 70th Birthday of our Patron in Chief (see below).
Portrait of HRH The Prince of Wales, Patron in Chief of the AMF
by Australian artist Ralph Heimans. Unveiled at a reception at Australia House on 22nd November by TRH The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to commemorate the 70th birthday of The Prince of Wales..
The event also commemorated 100 years since the building of Australia House on the Strand in London.
AMF Chairman Yvonne Kenny AM at Australia House 100
AMF Chairman Yvonne Kenny attended the reception at Australia House for the unveiling of the portrait of AMF Patron in Chief HRH The Prince of Wales and the performance of This House, composed by Joe Chindamo and played by musicians from Australia and New Zealand, including AMF alumni. Yvonne is pictured with Australian singers from Phantom of the Opera, Amy Manford and Paul Ettore Tabone, along with actor Brendan Cowell and Timothy Walker AM, Chief Executive of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.
the 2018 AMF Awards
Many thanks to all who attended the Finals of the AMF Awards on the afternoon of Sunday,14th October, in the Duke's Hall at the Royal Academy of Music, London. We are most grateful to the panel of distinguished judges, who generously gave up their time to help young Australian musicians studying overseas:
Yvonne Kenny AM - soprano, Chairman of the Panel (non-voting), Chairman AMF UK
Grant Doyle - baritone (Royal Opera House, Opera North, Garsington Opera)
Anthony Legge- conductor and vocal coach (Glyndebourne, ENO, Opera Australia)
Linnhe Robertson - AMF Trustee (Artistic and Research Consultant for Opera & Voice, GSMD)
Patrick Savage - violin (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Tippett String Quartet)
Stephen Savage- piano (Soloist, recording artist, piano tutor RNCM)
We are delighted to announce the names of the 2018 AMF AWARDEES
Samantha Clarke, soprano (GSMD) - AMF Nora Goodridge Emerging Artist Award
Rachel Siu, cello (Juilliard School) - AMF Nora Goodridge Young Artist Award
Victoria Wong, violin (Hans Eisler School, Berlin) - AMF Award
Waynne Kwon, cello (RNCM) - AMF Award and winner of the new AMF Audience Prize
David Soo, piano (GSMD) - AMF Award
Courtney Cleary, violin (Juilliard School) - AMF Guy Parsons Award, donated by the Portland House Foundation in honour of one of AMF’s founding Trustees
Zoe Drummond, soprano (GSMD) - AMF Award
Rohan Dasika, double bass (Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst, Frankfurt) - AMF Award
Robbin Reza, piano (Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Köln, Germany) - AMF UK Trustees Award
We are most grateful to all our AMF donors, particularly Nora Goodridge, the Portland House Foundation, David Constable and Ida Lichter, without whom these awards would not be possible.
AMF Alumna violinist Emily Sun wins the 2018 ABC Young Performers Award
Many congratulations to violinist Emily Sun (pictured), former AMF Guy Parsons and Nora Goodridge Awardee, who won the 2018 ABC Young Performers Award in the Finals at the Sydney Opera House on 14th July. Emily’s prize included $105,000 in cash, numerous professional engagements and the ABC Classic FM Artist in Residence Prize
Four recent AMF Awardees took part in the semi-finals of the ABC Young Performers Award in Sydney on16th and17th July: Waynne Kwon, cello (current AMF Guy Parsons Awardee), Andrey Lebedev, guitar, Emily Sun, violin and Victoria Wong, violin. Read the full story in the Limelight Magazine article below.
New AMF Patron in the UK announced
The AMF is honoured and delighted to announce that His Excellency the Hon George Brandis QC, High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, has accepted Chairman Yvonne Kenny's invitation to become AMF Patron in the UK. We wish him well during his tenure at Australia House and hope to see him at one of our musical events in the near future.
AMF attend HRH the Prince of Wales's 70th Birthday Patronage Celebration
at Buckingham palace
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