Introducing the June 2021 issue of Limelight
The June issue also includes a trio of articles on female composition. Only a handful of composers were regularly programmed by Australian symphony orchestras during the 20th century. However, as Yvonne Frindle investigates in her feature film A note to remarkable women, this is slowly starting to change. She explores initiatives launched by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in 2021 to help restore balance, including the She Speaks mini festival and the Miriam Hyde Circle.
On that note, in Complete the circle, Miriam Hyde’s daughter, Christine Edwards, answers a few questions about her mother’s love for music, her dedication to her family, and the surprise and humility she might have had that the Symphony Orchestra of Adelaide named the Miriam Hyde Circle in her honor.
Hyde received an honorary doctorate from Macquarie University on the same day as her friend and colleague Dulcie Holland. In Travel with my grandmother, Holland’s granddaughter, Julie Ihle, shares information from Holland’s travel diary, which she discovered after her death in 2000. Rereading her grandmother’s diary – which describes the composer’s years in London on the eve of WWII – Ihle was struck by the similarities to COVID, and how Holland’s heartbreaking decision to drop out of school and return home affected her music career.
Continuing the theme of Australian music, pianist Tonya Lemoh takes a look at the life and work of Raymond Hanson in A lost and found genius. When she first saw the score for Hanson’s Piano Sonata Opus 12, she was hooked. Who was this Australian composer? What else had he written? Why was he so little known? It was the start of a fascinating journey that culminated in a thesis and the recording of all of his piano works.
Also in this issue, Jo Litson speaks with choreographer Amy Campbell ahead of her new production of A choir line, Clive Paget brings together the best of this month’s new recordings, Gordon Hamilton tells us about his “psychedelic violin concerto” composed in Berlin, star soprano Sonya Yoncheva tells us about her new album, Christopher Latham writes on his Vietnam Requiem and Lynden Barber reviews the film My name is Gulpilil.
And there’s plenty more, including the latest column from Guy Noble, a new cartoon from Peter Berner, Diana Simmonds asks wrinkling viewers to rest, Hamed Sadeghi tells us about Tar in Playing Up, founder and Australian World Orchestra CEO Gabrielle Thompson answers 5 questions and producer Lisa Campbell talks about the role of music in her life in My Music this month.