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
It is good to be able to start 2018 by congratulating one of our recent awardees, Victoria Wong, who has won first prize in the 25th Gyarfas Violin Competition, and was featured in the prize winners concert at the Joseph-Joachim Concert Hall in Berlin in December. Victoria, who is from Darlinghurst, NSW, is studying for a BMus at the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin.
Many thanks to Michael Whalley, Karen Goldie-Morrison and all who helped to make the Australian Charity Art Auction such a wonderful success. More than 60 Australian artworks were auctioned by a Christie’s auctioneer at Australia House in aid of a number of much loved UK-based charities with Australian connections, including the AMF. We are most grateful to Michael Whalley for this generous and inspiring initiative, and to all who donated artworks for the auction. Several AMF musicians performed in a short concert to showcase the wonderful Australian talent being supported by the auction. AMF Alumna, soprano Lauren Fagan and current Awardees, pianist James Guan and mezzo-soprano Jade Moffat were accompanied by AMF Trustee, Linnhe Robertson.
Photo shows Linnhe Robertson, Jade Moffat and Lauren Fagan
Following the Finals at Wigmore Hall on 4th October, the AMF is delighted to announce the names of the new Awardees:
Samantha Clarke, soprano, Perth - Opera Artist Diploma, GSMD
Connor D’Netto, composer, Queensland - Masters, RCM
Matan Franco, composer, Melbourne - Masters in Film Scoring, Pulse College, Dublin
Phoebe Gardner, violin, Sydney - BMus, Juilliard
Oscar Jiang, piano, Carlton - BMus, Juilliard (current awardee)
Waynne Kwon, cello, Sydney - BMusHONS, RNCM (current awardee)
Victoria Wong, violin, Darlinghurst - BMus, Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler, Berlin
Edith Yam, organ, Sydney - Masters, Conservatory of Amsterdam
Eilidh Young, snare drum, Gosford NSW - BMus, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
None of this would be possible without the generosity of our prize donors, particularly Mrs Nora Goodridge in Sydney, and the Portland House Foundation, to whom we are most grateful.
Many thanks also, to the distinguished panel of judges for devoting their time and expertise to this difficult task. Guest judges this year included Australian musicians Leslie Howard (international pianist and recording artist), mezzo-soprano Caitlin Hulcup (Wiener Staatsoper, ROH London, WNO) and violinist Jennifer Nickson (Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden).