Make Music Day for hero

INNER West Council is calling on local schools to join Make Music Day to honour legendary Inner West conductor, teacher and Stanmore resident Richard Gill who passed away last November.

The Make Music Day celebration of music has grown from the Fête de la Musique, originally held in France. It is now held in more than 750 cities and 120 countries around the world.

Inner West Mayor Darcey Byrne said that the ethos of Make Music Day epitomised Mr Gill’s approach to making music accessible for everyone.

“We’ve had such an outpouring of support for a festival to honour Richard Gill since his passing last year, and this is the perfect opportunity for the Inner West to show how much the appreciated him,” Mr Byrne said.

“We want to invite all schools in the Inner West to put on a musical performance on Friday, June 21, record it and post it online as a tribute to Richard Gill. We’d like to use Make Music Day to build to a bigger music festival in Stanmore to honour Richard as part of EDGE Newtown in November.”

Richard was the Director of Chorus at Opera Australia and the Musical Director of the Sydney Chamber Choir. He also conducted the Sydney Youth Orchestra, taught at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, worked as the dean of the West Australian Conservatorium of Music and was the founding conductor of the Strathfield Symphony Orchestra.