One hundred and ten singers from across the northern rivers will take the stage next month to perform Mozart’s powerful choral work about death, the Requiem, yet there will be one very notable absentee.
The man who was to conduct the performance, Richard Gill OAM, died on October 28 after a year-long battle with cancer.
To mark the loss of the legendary classical music figure, the organisers of the event, Byron Music Society, have elected to dedicate the performance to his memory.
Music society president Nicholas Routley said there, ‘couldn’t be a more appropriate work to serve as a memorial’.
‘Not only is the Requiem a work about death, but Richard also loved Mozart above all of the composers,’ said Dr Routley, who will conduct the performance in Richard’s stead.
Dr Gill forged a strong connection with the northern rivers during his illustrious career.
The choir will perform alongside the Amatori Orchestra on December 2 at the Lismore City Hall.