The Australian cultural landscape is less vibrant without the amazing Richard Gill, whose great loss the arts and broader community are grieving. I was lucky enough to have been taught music by a young Richard at Camperdown Primary School, and to work with him later in life on many, many occasions. It was always such a life-affirming and potent experience to be in a room with him, to watch him inspire people of all ages and backgrounds from raw beginners to the greatest artists, individually and en masse, to fall about laughing with him, to make wonderful opera with him. His exuberance and profound passion for music are unforgettable, and the flame he lit for so many people burns bright.
Like many others this week, my vivid and joyful personal memories of Richard are both comforting and compound a sense of his absence. On behalf of Ten Days on the Island, I express my gratitude for Richard Gill’s genius and honour his extraordinary life.