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CSO News – Richard Gill AO

Richard Gill appointed Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the CSO in 2001. Photo from Play On by Max Booth.

The Canberra Symphony Orchestra echoes the deep sadness felt by Australia’s music community at the loss of Richard Gill AO, one of the nation’s most admired conductors and music educators.

Richard was the inaugural Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra and held the position from 2001 until 2005. He made his first appearance at a fundraising concert in September of 2001 at which he and the orchestra’s musicians donated their services. He played a significant role in the development and growth of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, bringing strong artistic leadership and vibrant passion to the orchestra.

“The Canberra Symphony Orchestra family deeply mourns the passing of one of Australia’s greatest musicians, Richard Gill AO. Richard was beloved by musicians and public alike. His irrepressible energy, passion for music education, and undying belief in the power of music as a force for enrichment in society will be sorely missed but never forgotten. The flame of his inimitable enthusiasm and love of music burns on in all of us who were privileged enough to work with him and to share in his profound knowledge and unassailable artistic integrity.” – Nicholas Milton AM, Chief Conductor and Artistic Director

“At this unbearably sad time, the loving thoughts and prayers of the CSO family – musicians, management, board, and his eternally loving audience, are with Richard’s family.” – Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) Chair, Canberra Symphony Orchestra

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