AWC Australia Day luncheon at Spring, Somerset House, London

Many thanks to the Australian Women's Club in London for inviting AMF Chairman Yvonne Kenny and alumni saxophonist Amy Dickson and soprano Samantha Clarke to their Australia Day luncheon at Skye Gyngell's restaurant, Spring, at Somerset House. The focus was on celebrating young Australian talent, and the AMF are most grateful for the generous donation presented by AWC President Helen Sargent.

L to R: Amy Dickson, Yvonne Kenny, Samantha Clarke

Photo credit: Louis Amore Photography

AMF partners with Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce

Many thanks to the Australia-United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce for inviting the AMF to be part of their Australia Day Gala at Simpsons at the Savoy on 29 January. The glamorous event included performances by three AMF alumni - soprano Samantha Clarke, pianist David Soo and violinist Emily Sun. We are immensely grateful for the donation from the Australia-United Kingdom Chamber, raised through a percentage of the ticket sales and the proceeds of the raffle. Thanks again for a fabulous evening.

Photo shows L to R: Dick Porter, Elizabeth Rossiter, Emily Sun, Yvonne Kenny, David Soo, Samantha Clarke, Elizabeth Ames and Lord Broers.

Photo credit: Peter Livingstone.

AMF Chairman Yvonne Kenny AM at Australia House Centenary

AMF Chairman Yvonne Kenny attended a reception at Australia House on 22 November for the unveiling of a new portrait of AMF Patron in Chief, HRH The Prince of Wales, and the performance of This House, commissioned by the AMF from Australian composer Joe Chindamo. The piece was 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.

AMF Commissions new piece to celebrate the Centenary of Australia House in London

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. The AMF’s musical contribution was organised by Trustee Dr Margaret Mayston AM and the event was also attended by Yvonne Kenny AM (Chairman AMF UK), Professor Peter Tregear (Chairman AMF Australia Foundation) and Trustee Dennis Muirhead.

Results of 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.