Concert To Honour Peter Sculthorpe


The University of Sydney announces a special evening to celebrate the life and music of Peter Sculthorpe AO OBE, Australia’s most revered composer of the 20th century. The free public performance will be presented by Sydney Conservatorium of Music and its students. 

The gala event will be held in honour and celebration of the Emeritus Professor’s immense, life-long contribution to music in this country, and the 51 years of his life that he devoted to the University of Sydney. 

Performances of three signature works written by the composer: Kakadu (1988), the Burke & Wills Suite (1986) and Canticle V will be presented by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music’s Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony and Chamber Choir. 

Marking the celebration, four colleagues and former students of Sculthorpe, Professor Anne Boyd AM, Professor Matthew Hindson AM, Dr Ross Edwards AM and Kim Williams AM, will give personal reminiscences. 

Peter Sculthorpe first came to the University of Sydney in 1963 at the invitation of Professor Donald Peart to take up an appointment as Lecturer in Music in the Faculty of Arts’ Department of Music. His first teaching was in ethnomusicology, stimulating a lifelong interest in the musical traditions of Asia, of Japan and Bali in particular. He inflected all his teaching towards composition, nurturing generations of young composers. 

He was promoted to a personal Chair in Musical Composition within the Faculty of Arts in 1991 and played a significant role in bringing the Sydney Conservatorium of Music into the University. In 2005 he became an Emeritus Professor of Composition at the University of Sydney, and continued to support and inspire music students in the final years of his life. Peter Sculthorpe passed away earlier this month at the age of 85. 

Tickets: This is a free event, however tickets are required and registration is essential.

Register at  online at from Wednesday 1 October 2014. There is a limit of two tickets per person. 





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