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
Photo shows L to R: Prof Peter Tregear (Chair AMF Australia Foundation), AMF donor Dr Ida Lichter, Yvonne Kenny AM (Chair AMF UK), AMF donor Mrs Nora Goodridge, AMF Trustee James Pitman
AMF Awardee, pianist Oscar Jiang, gave a recital of Chopin, Schubert, Szymanowski and Liszt for the Austral Salon of Music on 27th August, at St. Peters Church, East Melbourne. Photo shows Oscar after the concert with AMF Trustee Damien Boyle from Monash Academy of Performing Arts, and Prof Peter Tregear, Chairman of AMF Australia Foundation. Over the summer break, Oscar took part in the Hanoi International Piano Festival in Vietnam, and he will shortly return to New York to begin the third year of his BMus at the Juilliard School, where he has been supported by AMF for the past 2 years.
The AMF is honoured and delighted to announce that His Excellency the Hon George Brandis QC, High Commissioner for Australia, 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.
The AMF is very sad to hear the news of the death of long-serving Life President, Lord Carrington KG, on 9th July 2018, at the age of 99. We have been most grateful for his unwavering support over many years, and send our condolences to his family.
Many congratulations to current AMF Guy Parsons Awardee, cellist Waynne Kwon, who is one of the winners of this year's RNCM Gold Medal.
RNCM Principal, Professor Linda Merrick, said: "The RNCM’s much-coveted Gold Medal celebrates exceptional performance and composition by students at the College. Each year the competition is extremely high and 2018 was no exception. The overall standard was absolutely exceptional and everyone who competed, especially the four winners, should be very proud of their achievement."
Waynne has been supported by the AMF for the last two years of his BMus, and will return to the RNCM as a postgraduate in September.
AMF donors Mrs Nora Goodridge and Dr Ida Lichter flew in from Australia to join AMF Trustee James Pitman and the Chairs of AMF UK (Yvonne Kenny AM) and the AMF Australia Foundation (Prof Peter Tregear), at Buckingham Palace, to celebrate HRH the Prince of Wales's Patronages on his 70th Birthday. The AMF is honoured to have the Prince of Wales as Patron in Chief.
Many thanks to all who attended the AMF Spring Showcase on Wednesday 14th March in the Downer Room at Australia House, and to our awardees Samantha Clarke (soprano), Eilidh Young (snare drum), Victoria Wong (violin), Oscar Jiang (piano) and Waynne Kwon (cello) for their wonderful performances. We are also very grateful to our sponsors McGuigan Wines, and to the office of the Agent General for Western Australia for providing Little Creatures pale ale. Catering was by Standby Chef.
Photo by Matthew Murphy shows AMF Life President Richard Bonynge with AMF Awardees after the performance.
Composer Chris Williams is an AMF Alumnus from 2011 and recently moved back to London. In 2017 he composed the music for the critically acclaimed Sydney Theatre Company production of 'Cloud Nine' and won the Composition Prize of the Australian International Chopin Competition with his piece 'Toccare'. Chris has also recently been invited to write a new work for the Gaudeamus Music Week in the Netherlands.
Photo credit: Hayden Shepherd
Bass-baritone, Paull-Anthony Keightley, one of our 2013 Awardees, completed his studies at Manhattan School of Music and then returned to Perth to take up a Young Artists position at West Australian Opera. He has recently been named the winner of the Opera Foundation for Young Australians Deutsche Oper Berlin Award, and will take up a 12 month contract in Berlin in August this year. In 2017 he was awarded the Royal Over-Seas League Arts scholarship in the finals of the IFAC Handa Australian Singing Competition, which will enable him to travel to the UK to present recitals and take voice lessons and coaching. CLICK for video