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Hello Stacey Supporter

YAY! We made it... well almost, here we are in our very final year of the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust, the 20th anniversary of the passing of Brian Stacey. 2016 is our biggest, most exciting year ever!

Firstly it is with great pleasure we announce our 21st and final winner. TOBY THATCHER is the recipient of the 2016 BRIAN STACEY AWARD for emerging Australian Conductors. Chair of Trustees, Kate Sadler, announced at the Helpmann Awards Nominations Media Launch at the Arts Centre in Melbourne on the 20 June, that Toby is our very last Stacey Award recipient. Toby was in London at the time, so Kate delivered Toby's acceptance speech (see below). Fortunately Toby will be in Sydney for his appearance as a Presenter at the Helpmann Awards Ceremony on Monday 25 July and we look forward to sharing this exciting night with him and some of our previous winners very soon.

The Trustees and Musical Advisary Panel aim to select a winner that is 'emerging' in their Conducting career and is ready to seize new opportunities to broaden their music making horizons in a 'Stacey-like' fashion. Toby received a $10,000 prize, which he will use to implement his plans to establish regular projects in Australia to enable collaboration between the current and next generation of orchestral musicians. (see page 4 for Biography)

Words from our winner:
Upon hearing that I had been awarded the final Brian Stacey Award I was both thrilled and honored. The list of previous winners contains many friends, colleagues and inspirations from my childhood and to join this group, and to be recognized in my home country, gives me immense pleasure. Since graduating from the Royal Academy of Music in 2014 I have been on a rollercoaster of opportunities, allowing me to begin realizing my dream to work alongside some of the world's foremost musicians. The Stacey Award enables me to continue this journey, and to greatly develop upon my passion for creating opportunities for the next generation of orchestral musicians. My sincere thanks to the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust and Live Performance Australia for seeing fit to select me as the 2016 recipient.

Big congratulations Toby Thatcher, you now play an important part in making our Australian musical garden grow. We look forward to watching that garden flourish in your capable hands along with the extraordinary Stacey Award Alumni.

The Stacey Trust has been loyally supported by Live Performance Australia since 2002 right through to our closing year in 2016. Being part of the Helpmann Awards has given us the best national platform for our annual Brian Stacey Award, we will be forever grateful to Evelyn Richardson and her wonderful staff at Live Performance Australia, as well as the Producers and Staff of the Helpmann Awards.

A special thank you to our generous and legendary 2016 Musical Advisory Panel; Guy Noble, Brett Kelly and Lindy Hume, as well as past panelists, who willingly give their time to go through all Award entries and whittle down the pool to a candidate worthy of recommendation for the Trustees' consideration. All are consummate respected professionals in the Australian live music & theatre industry and we have valued their diverse feedback and advice. It's also worth noting that every Stacey Award recipient is still working as a Conductor and Musical Director around the globe today, we proudly congratulate them all and feel great confidence that the 21 strong Alumni have been well selected and have each taken up the Stacey baton and legacy in their own outstanding & brilliant way.

It's very satisfying to announce all our 2016 plans are falling into place and we are excited to include you in the culmination of our final projects and events to go out on a high. Kate, the Trustees and I have delighted in imagining just how thrilled Stace would be to see this all unfolding and coming together in his honor.

Stacey Documentary - It's been incredible putting the Stacey Story together in the first half of 2016. We are in the final stages of completing this project and we look forward to sharing it with you in October this year. Special thanks to all who have helped this documentary become a reality and especially to Stanton Sharman, Opus50 Charitable Trust and the 10 Stacey Angels whose support have made it possible. We thank and acknowledge Dave Collins, our Film Producer and his Assistant Carla from Angry Chair who collaborated with us to make the Documentary. Amazingly a key player in so many aspects of the Stacey Trust, including being our first Stacey Award recipient as well as becoming one of our Musical Advisary Panel for several years, Guy Noble happily took on the appropriate role of narrator and musical director for the Documentary. Guy was flown to Melbourne after Easter for our main intensive production week when he, Kate and myself came together to film new footage and interviews to complement and pull together the archival footage and memorabilia we had collected from the past 20 years. We look forward to the release of the Stacey Documentary that will co-incide with our very final celebration event, The Stacey Night on Monday 24 October.

We hope this unashamedly, sentimental record of Stacey, the man, the Stacey Trust, Stacey events and his 20 year namesake award, will keep the unique Stacey legacy alive and burning so brightly, that even when we say goodbye, there is an indelible impression of Stace and his impact on our world. A tribute to this unique and special part of Australian musical history that will be available online to the world.

THE STACEY NIGHT - yes the last one EVER! On the eve of the date 20 years since Brian Stacey's passing, the final celebration will mark the wrapping up of the Stacey Trust. After 10 years, the Stacey Big Band will be re-formed by the one and only Reuben Zylberszpic and a line up of stars rarely brought together (except at a Stacey Night) will perform at this not to be missed event! Monday 24 October 2016 at Max Watt's in Melbourne (formerly the Hifi Bar & Ballroom our original venue) – it's going to be a night to remember.

Tickets available on www.maxwatts.com.au (go to Melbourne)

NB. To keep in touch with all things Stacey, you can join the Stacey Angels Facebook group by going to our website www.staceytrust.com.au. 

Thank You & Good Bye

I keep pinching myself as we progress hastily through 2016, the Stacey Trust has been a huge and important part of my life and it's hard to imagine the future, let alone 2017 without it. When I began as a member of the Events Committee in 1997 and then took on the role as Administrator in 1998, my sons were a toddler and a baby . . . during that time much has changed and transpired in my life and I now have 2 strapping young men of 19 and 22!!! However I am both honored and extremely proud of what we have achieved and the love and legacy that has been preserved and kept alive through the Brian Stacey Award.

The Stacey Trust will be wound up after the final Stacey Night in October 2016. From that time a wonderful story documented & released on film will enable future generations of Australian conductors and music lovers to know this unique story and confirm a significant piece of history in our ever developing Australian musical landscape. With the enormous progress in technology and the internet, the accessibility of this documentary in this day and age will be absolutely boundless. How exciting that the world can know this awesome, very Australian story, of a man who left a legacy that saw so many emerging Australian conductors gain momentum and flight; all with the intention of furthering excellence in the future music making for our country! How the 'Stacey baton' was passed on with pride and honour for 20 years!

Thank you for taking the time to read our last newsletter and thank you, thank you, thank you for your generous support. We look forward to seeing you at the Stacey Night on 24 October and raising a glass to our beloved 'Stace'.

As is tradition, in Stacey's words 'go well'
Andrea Gaze (Administrator & Director)

Farewell from The Chair

It doesn't seem possible, does it?

Twenty years since losing our beloved Stace and still we remember him so very fondly. All these years later, the thought brings a tear to many an eye, but also a smile to the lips, often accompanied by a little chuckle with the words, "good old Stace!"

Stace, the man, the musician par excellence, a conductor of extraordinary stature, as meticulous as he was flamboyant, as caring as he was charismatic, father, friend, and loveable larrikin.

So long gone, yet so little forgotten, and recalled with such clarity that even those who did not know him, feel his presence and all he represented through the abundant stories so lovingly told, but also importantly, through the music making of the many wonderful conductors who have been chosen as worthy recipients of The Stacey Award.

Stacey's Stars!

It is with pride that we count some extraordinary talent in our line up of Stacey award recipients. Emerging into the spotlight, our Stacey Stars were awarded for their vision, their skill, and most importantly the Stacey like qualities that made that particular man so very wonderful.

Stace was equally at home on the podia of opera and musical theatre, the ballet, and concert and recital halls and flew all over the continent to lead musicians and singers to the finest music making imaginable. Our association with Live Performance Australia has therefore been particularly precious, as all that Stace held dear is represented in the hallowed halls of the Helpmann Awards.

For this reason it is especially wonderful that Evelyn Richardson and her team understood how important it has been for us to be given time and space in LPA's burgeoning Helpmann Awards schedule. We are deeply grateful for the commitment

Wherever Stace may be, he's saying, "wow!"

Thank YOU for supporting us so loyally all these years, with words of encouragement, practical assistance & your donations. There is no question that it is your support that has been the corner stone of The Stacey Trust.

Particular thanks go to Stephen Found and Opus 50 Charitable Trust, who made it possible for us to increase our award in line with its considerable prestige in recent years and the singers of The Sadler Studio who have kept The Stacey Trust afloat all these years.

And I hardly have words of gratitude enough for the tireless work of the Trust's administrator Andrea Gaze, who more than anyone has fanned the flames of our endeavour, realising our dream of reaching 20 years of support for emerging conductors and the icing on the cake, the Stacey doco due for release at our last ever Stacey Night on the 20th anniversary of his passing.

Do come and celebrate with us on Monday 24th October.

Finally, as Bernstein, Stacey's great hero put it in the closing moments of Candide, words that from the first were the theme for The Trust.

We're neither pure nor wise nor good,
We do the best we know,
We build our house and chop our wood
And make our garden grow.

And that garden will continue to grow and flourish well into the future in the hands of our Stacey Stars!
Thank you for making it possible.

Warmest wishes to you all.
Kathryn Sadler (Chair)



Press Release: THE BRIAN STACEY AWARD 2016 (for emerging Australian Conductors) as part of the Helpmann Awards presented by Live Performance Australia

The Brian Stacey Memorial Trusthas great pleasure in announcing Toby Thatcher is the winner of the Brian Stacey Award 2016. Currently Assistant Conductor to the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Toby at 27, displays outstanding conducting and musical skills. The Stacey Trust endorses Toby's desire to implement plans to establish regular projects in Australia to enable collaboration between the currant and next generation of orchestral musicians. The Trustees and Musical Advisory Panel aim to select a winner who is 'emerging' in their Conducting career and are well timed in their capacity to grow further and seize new opportunities to broaden their music making horizons in a 'Stacey-like' fashion. We congratulate Toby on receiving this $10,000 prize and wish him every success with both his future and making a worthwhile contribution to Australian music making. (see biog on page 2.)

2016 marks the very final year of the Brian Stacey Award for emerging Australian Conductors. The Brian Stacey Memorial Trust isvery proud it's namesake annual award, has survived to the 20-yearanniversary of the passing of Brian Stacey. It's a sad and special story held close to the hearts of those fortunate enough to have known and worked with Brian Stacey. Fondly known as 'Stace', the much-loved multi-talented musical director Brian Stacey, died tragically in a motorcycle accidentin 1996,the night before the Premier of the Really Useful Group's Australian production of Sunset Boulevard in Melbourne. Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber described "Stacey's" death as “a loss to the world of music theatre, not just Australia.” In establishing the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust in 1997, Stacey's family, friends and colleagues chose to honour his professional choices working in classical, ballet, opera, choral and music theatre genres. An award was created that would help to encourage emerging conductors to gain experience, in particular by crossing art-form barriers. In 2002 the Brian Stacey Award became part of the Helpmann Awardspresented by Live Performance Australia™.The StaceyTrust acknowledge and thank Live Performance Australia for this wonderful national platform that has supported and enabledthem to present this very unique award.

The 'Stacey Documentary' will soon be completed, an undertaking and goal made for the final and 20th Anniversary year. The Stacey Trust has worked closely with Melbourne company, Angry Chair, to piece together the story of Brian Stacey and the incredible legacy kept burning brightly by passing the baton each year to the 21 Stacey Award winners. This unashamedly sentimental record of the Stacey Story is a non-profit documentary, simply to remember a very special and loved figure in the Australian Music & Theatre Industry. It is hoped this documentary will serve as a frequently sourced record of the legacy he left behind through his namesake annual Award and some of the treasured moments of the Stacey fundraising events over the years. The premier of the Stacey Documentary will be in sync with the final wrap celebration, 'The Stacey Night' on Monday 24 October 2016 at Max Watt's in Melbourne (the day before the 20th Anniversary) and will then be accessible on line to anyone who is interested in Australia and anywhere in the world.

There will never again be an Australian Award quite like the unique multi music genre Stacey Award for an emerging Australian Conductor. However, after 20 years, the Stacey Trust believe that much of the Australian garden of music will continue to grow and flourish in the capable hands of this special Stacey Award Alumni of 21 recipients working all over the globe. The Brian Stacey Memorial Trust thank all the generous people who have given of their time, talent and funds to make this possible.

Winner Biography on following page – more Information contact Andrea Gaze 0412 585181 or staceytrust@iinet.net.au

Read Toby Thatcher's Biography


Press Release: THE BRIAN STACEY AWARD 2015 (for emerging Australian Conductors) as part of the Helpmann Awards presented by Live Performance Australia

The Brian Stacey Memorial Trust has great pleasure in announcing Jessica Gethin is the winner of the Brian Stacey Award 2015. Jessica's conducting skills and experience have grown considerably since she first entered the Stacey Award in 2008. The Trustees and Musical Advisory Panel aim to select a winner who is 'emerging' in their Conducting career and are well timed in their capacity to grow further and seize new opportunities to broaden their music making horizons in a 'Stacey-like' fashion. We congratulate Jessica and wish her every success with both her future and making a worthwhile contribution to Australian music making.

2015 is the 2nd last unique Brian Stacey Award, now nearly 19 years down the track, the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust is committed to achieving their goal to make it to the 20-year finish line in 2016. It's a sad and special story held close to the hearts of those fortunate enough to have known and worked with Brian Stacey. Fondly known as 'Stace', the much-loved multi-talented musical director Brian Stacey, died tragically in a motorcycle accident in 1996, the night before the Premier of the Really Useful Group's Australian production of Sunset Boulevard in Melbourne. Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber described "Stacey's" death as "a loss to the world of music theatre, not just Australia."

In establishing the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust in 1997, Stacey's family, friends and colleagues chose to honour his professional choices working in classical, ballet, opera, choral and music theatre genres. An award was created that would help to encourage emerging conductors to gain experience, in particular by crossing art-form barriers. In 2002 the Stacey Award became part of the Helpmann Awards presented by Live Performance Australia™. The Stacey Trust continues to be most appreciative of this wonderful national platform allowing them to present this very unique award.

Many well-known Australian legends of music and the entertainment world worked with Brian Stacey, the Stacey Trust will finally embark on putting together sections of footage collected over the past 19 years to become what we now describe as an unashamedly sentimental record of the Stacey Story. This non-profit documentary will be made in 2016, simply to remember a very special and loved figure in the Australian Music & Theatre Industry, the legacy he left behind kept alive by the Stacey Trust passing the baton each year to a carefully selected emerging Australian Conductor and some of the treasured moments of our Stacey events.

The Stacey Trust has launched a little Facebook 'Selfie for Stacey' campaign to enable those who loved and worked with 'Stace' to do a short 60-second Selfie Story, with a chance snippets of these may also be included in the documentary. This can be done via the 'Stacey Angels' Facebook page and has a deadline of the 25 October 2015, the anniversary of his 19-year passing. A 5 minute teaser preview of a few highlights of this footage can be viewed via a link on the Stacey Angels Facebook. The Stacey Trust shared this link with loyal long time Stacey Supporters in 2014, but now feel it's time to launch it fully into cyber world, as will the documentary when it is made. The aim of the Stacey Trust is for this documentary to premier around the time of the final wrap celebration on 24 October 2016 (the day before the 20th Anniversary) and will then be accessible to anyone who is interested in Australia and anywhere in the world.

There is no other Award like the unique multi music genre Stacey Award for an emerging Australian Conductor and possibly there never will again. The Stacey legacy has been kept burning brightly, by passing the baton to 20 amazing Stacey Award recipients to date, who are working all over the world today. The final Stacey Award will run for the last time in 2016.

Winner Biography on following page – more Information contact Andrea Gaze 0412 585181 or staceytrust@iinet.net.au

Read Jessica Gethin's Biography


Press Release 14 July 2014

The Brian Stacey Memorial Trust has great pleasure in announcing Russell Ger is the winner of the Brian Stacey Award 2014. Russell Ger has been working at his chosen conducting career for many years now and first came to the attention of the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust 10 years ago. The Trustees and Musical Advisory Panel congratulate Russell and wish him every success with his future and making a worthwhile contribution to Australian music making. Russell is currently in New York, here is an excerpt from his acceptance speech:

"It is with gratitude and pride that I humbly accept this year's Brian Stacey Award. For me, this award represents a significant step toward being recognized as a professional Australian conductor, and in being able to contribute to the musical landscape of my much-loved home country . . ." "I believe the traditional classical model must be adapted, and that this adaptation does not compromise quality or meaning. More people today listen to classical music than ever before in its history, but we must become more adaptable in providing an experience that is relevant, accessible, and inviting. As I am so passionate about this, I fervently hope that one day soon I will curate and conduct an annual concert series across Australia based on the new models being tried here in the USA. It requires a leap of faith from orchestras and their management, but I believe it will secure the future of classical music. As Mr. Stacey himself so thoroughly embodied, diversity and flexibility are the key."

2014 is the 3rd last Brian Stacey Award and increasingly many of our younger generation don't know who Brian Stacey was. Now 18 years down the track, the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust is committed to achieving their goal to make it to the 20 year finish line. It's a sad and special story held close to the hearts of those fortunate enough to have known and worked with Brian Stacey. Fondly known as 'Stace', the much-loved multi-talented musical director Brian Stacey, died tragically in a motorcycle accident in 1996, the night before the Premier of the Really Useful Group's Australian production of Sunset Boulevard in Melbourne. Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber described "Stacey's" death as "a loss to the world of music theatre, not just Australia."

In establishing the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust in 1997, Stacey's family, friends and colleagues chose to honour his professional choices working in classical, ballet, opera, choral and music theatre genres. An award was created that would help to encourage emerging conductors to gain experience, in particular by crossing art-form barriers. In 2002 the Stacey Award became part of the Helpmann Awards presented by Live Performance Australia™. The Stacey Trust continues to be most appreciative of this wonderful national platform allowing them to present this very unique award.

Many well-known Australian legends of music and the entertainment world worked with Brian Stacey, the Stacey Trust has been collecting interviews over the past few years of prominent people touched by 'Stace'. Our archives have interviews with the likes of Sir Charles Mackerras (our Patron until his passing), Hugh Jackman (who was one of the stars of Sunset Boulevard) Marina Prior and well known author and illustrator Graeme Base, who dedicated his performances of 'Sign of the Seahorse' to the memory of Brian Stacey, who he was collaborating with prior to Stacey's passing. It is integral, with archival footage of our wonderful Stacey Nights and Morning Melodies events, footage of the man himself in action and these interviews, a documentary will be made. Funding is the stumbling block as is the reason for our 20 year wrap up. This year and the next two until 2016, are critical ones for the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust (a registered non-profit charity) to bring this documentary to life. To highlight the Stacey legacy that has been kept alive by passing the baton to 19 amazing Stacey Award recipients so far and celebrate the 20 years of wonderful support and opportunity the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust has created for emerging Australian conductors. A significant and precious part of Australian musical history.

Read Russell Ger's Biography


Press Release 14 July 2014

The Brian Stacey Memorial Trust has great pleasure in announcing Russell Ger is the winner of the Brian Stacey Award 2014. Russell Ger has been working at his chosen conducting career for many years now and first came to the attention of the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust 10 years ago. The Trustees and Musical Advisory Panel congratulate Russell and wish him every success with his future and making a worthwhile contribution to Australian music making. Russell is currently in New York, here is an excerpt from his acceptance speech:

"It is with gratitude and pride that I humbly accept this year's Brian Stacey Award. For me, this award represents a significant step toward being recognized as a professional Australian conductor, and in being able to contribute to the musical landscape of my much-loved home country . . ." "I believe the traditional classical model must be adapted, and that this adaptation does not compromise quality or meaning. More people today listen to classical music than ever before in its history, but we must become more adaptable in providing an experience that is relevant, accessible, and inviting. As I am so passionate about this, I fervently hope that one day soon I will curate and conduct an annual concert series across Australia based on the new models being tried here in the USA. It requires a leap of faith from orchestras and their management, but I believe it will secure the future of classical music. As Mr. Stacey himself so thoroughly embodied, diversity and flexibility are the key."

2014 is the 3rd last Brian Stacey Award and increasingly many of our younger generation don't know who Brian Stacey was. Now 18 years down the track, the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust is committed to achieving their goal to make it to the 20 year finish line. It's a sad and special story held close to the hearts of those fortunate enough to have known and worked with Brian Stacey. Fondly known as 'Stace', the much-loved multi-talented musical director Brian Stacey, died tragically in a motorcycle accident in 1996, the night before the Premier of the Really Useful Group's Australian production of Sunset Boulevard in Melbourne. Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber described "Stacey's" death as "a loss to the world of music theatre, not just Australia."

In establishing the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust in 1997, Stacey's family, friends and colleagues chose to honour his professional choices working in classical, ballet, opera, choral and music theatre genres. An award was created that would help to encourage emerging conductors to gain experience, in particular by crossing art-form barriers. In 2002 the Stacey Award became part of the Helpmann Awards presented by Live Performance Australia™. The Stacey Trust continues to be most appreciative of this wonderful national platform allowing them to present this very unique award.

Many well-known Australian legends of music and the entertainment world worked with Brian Stacey, the Stacey Trust has been collecting interviews over the past few years of prominent people touched by 'Stace'. Our archives have interviews with the likes of Sir Charles Mackerras (our Patron until his passing), Hugh Jackman (who was one of the stars of Sunset Boulevard) Marina Prior and well known author and illustrator Graeme Base, who dedicated his performances of 'Sign of the Seahorse' to the memory of Brian Stacey, who he was collaborating with prior to Stacey's passing. It is integral, with archival footage of our wonderful Stacey Nights and Morning Melodies events, footage of the man himself in action and these interviews, a documentary will be made. Funding is the stumbling block as is the reason for our 20 year wrap up. This year and the next two until 2016, are critical ones for the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust (a registered non-profit charity) to bring this documentary to life. To highlight the Stacey legacy that has been kept alive by passing the baton to 19 amazing Stacey Award recipients so far and celebrate the 20 years of wonderful support and opportunity the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust has created for emerging Australian conductors. A significant and precious part of Australian musical history.

Read Russell Ger's Biography


29 August 2013

Hello Stacey Supporter

In 2013 we now have 18 fabulous Brian Stacey Award winners! It is with great pleasure we announce that our winner of the 2013 BRIAN STACEY AWARD for emerging Australian Conductors is CAROLYN WATSON.

At the Helpmann Awards Nominations Media Launch at the Arts Centre on Monday 24 June, our esteemed Trustee and legend of the Australian theatre industry, Sue Nattrass AO, spoke from the heart about Brian Stacey and the Stacey Trust and announced Carolyn as our 2013 Brian Stacey Award Winner.

We were fortunate to receive some financial assistance towards this year's award from Opus 50 Charitable Trust. We thank them for their generosity and belief in the unique support the Brian Stacey Award offers to emerging Australian Conductors; conductors who have the courage in a Stacey-like way, to explore, enlarge and enhance their skills by engaging in a cross-genre experience of music.

We are also truly thankful to Live Performance Australia for giving us the best national platform, loyally supporting our annual Award and the count-down to our 20 year goal in 2016. We are ever hopeful the examples of Stephen Found in 2012 and Opus 50 this year, will be keenly followed in these final three years by supportive Australian producers, theatre owners and philanthropic organisations, who recognize the vital role the recipients of the Brian Stacey Award are playing in so many fields of the musical community and who are passionate about the future of live music and theatre in our country.

Here's an extract from the words of our esteemed and stalwart Trustee, Sue Nattrass AO when she announced this year's Stacey Award winner:

"Brian Stacey was a wonderful conductor and Musical Director and a wonderful mentor. He excelled in all genres of music – orchestral, opera, ballet, choral and music theatre. And he was a wonderful bloke! He had skill, integrity, enjoyed a challenge, and he cared about the future of music in Australia. He had a great sense of humour and great style, and he worked hard to make sure the performers he conducted were equipped with the knowledge and support they needed to perform at their best.

This is the 17th year of our presentation of the Brian Stacey Award and the Trust has decided that the last Award will be given in 2016 after twenty years of celebrating "Stace's" contribution and legacy to music in Australia. We are also hoping by then to bring to fruition a documentary on Stace, as a final, fitting tribute. We have some wonderful archival footage of musical events and interviews with many people including Sir Charles Mackerras, who was Stacey's mentor and Hugh Jackman who was helped by Stace in the early part of his now stellar career."

A special mention and heartfelt thanks to our willing and legendary Musical Advisory Panel, Guy Noble, Brett Kelly and Lindy Hume, who generously give their time to go through all Award entries and whittle down the pool to a candidate worthy of recommendation for the Trustees' consideration. All are highly successful professionals, well respected in the Australian live music & theatre industry and we value their diverse feedback and advice.

NOTHING STAYS THE SAME

Something really resonated with me recently: "It's nothing new but... nothing stays the same." As the Administrator for the Stacey Trust from the very first Brian Stacey Award given in 1998, I had almost come to believe we would always be here and the process to find a worthy recipient would continue to happen every single year into the distant future. (My 2 teenage sons don't remember a time Mum wasn't doing her Stacey Trust work – my youngest was only a few months old when the Stacey Trust was launched in 1997)

Although this is not to be the case, we are proud of what has been achieved and aim to end on a high note and treasure the wonderful memories of this extraordinary time. Preserving this treasure trove is what is now taking place with the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust and the Brian Stacey Award.

The next three years are critical ones for us, because we must make the documentary telling the Stacey Story and honour the wonderful work and support of the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust and we must find 3 more incredibly deserving and talented conductors to whom we can pass on the Stacey baton. Through these final 3 years we hope to keep the awesome Stacey legacy alive and burning so brightly, that even when we say goodbye, there is an indelible impression of Stace and his impact on our world and a fitting documented tribute to this unique and special part of Australian musical history.

Not to sound too soppy or schmaltzy, one of the things that has held us together and been a through-line to our survival, is the 'love' and 'nurturing' nature of the Stacey legacy. Those of us who knew and worked with this man, cannot put into words the care and love that flowed through his work, music and those he cared for. Somehow we all feel blessed to have been part of the Stacey fold and carry this proudly in our hearts.

Today the Stacey Trust prides itself on personal connection and interaction and the small group of Trustees and Events Committee, all of whose lives have moved on and changed considerably since we began, still enjoy meeting regularly and sharing this very rare and profound bond.

A section from Carolyn Watson's Stacey Award Acceptance Speech
24 June 2013 Media Launch:

"As an emerging conductor, I return to the advice given to me, 'everyone has a time in their life to learn something'.

At each step along the path that has been my own musical development, I have sought to 'fill a gap' as it were, supplementing the knowledge I had with that I wanted to attain. My wish, my vision if you like, is to work in an environment where the honesty, sincerity, dedication and persistence of this 'old-fashioned' approach to musical scholarship is valued. It is the fundamental importance of these traditional values I would like to inculcate in the greater musical environment that is the Australian scene. 'Old fashioned' was in fact Sir Charles Mackerras' descriptor as he lamented that such fundamentals increasingly do not form the focus of the profession. I responded by telling him everything old will be new again!

As such, I feel confident that this approach, in the long term, is one which will continue to reap benefits. Being able to conduct The Magic Flute at one day's notice (Tasmania, July 2011), standing in front of the Sydney Symphony (August 2011), working with the Staatsorchester Hannover (May 2012), performing at the Staatsoper Berlin (July 2012) and being fortunate to be among the prizewinners of the Kálmán Competition (October 2012) were pivotal and thrilling experiences which have confirmed the belief and strengthened my conviction that I am indeed on the right track. These events have also shown me just how far I have come. The road to becoming a professional conductor is a long and winding one, and one not always paved with bright and colourful yellow bricks. It is, however, the road I am taking."
NEWSFLASH:

Very exciting news, straight after Carolyn Watson was announced as the recipient of the Brian Stacey Award 2013, she was also celebrating her appointment as Orchestra Director at the renowned Interlochen Arts Academy in the USA, a position Carolyn will commence this month, August 2013.
Click here for Carolyn Watson's biography

A word from the Chair

I have lately been wandering down memory lane with a bunch of old pals by way of Facebook. For many who loved Stace, that era is linked very much to the heady days of The Victoria State Opera. Of course Stace went off and did his own thing too, but the last show he conducted (bearing in mind that he died before Sunset Boulevard opened) was actually that grandest of all grand operas, Aida with the VSO at the State Theatre. 

On 21st October 1996 the VSO was merged with The Australian Opera, and on 25th October, (sadly, also his daughter, Mindy's birthday) our beloved Stace was taken from us. It was also in the middle of the Melbourne International Festival (with whom Stace had had much association over the years) and the VSO chorus were singing the Glagolitic Mass with conductor Mark Elder for that prestigious event. 

What sad days they were on so many levels.

But the new VSO Facebook page (thanks to James Hancock who's putting together a VSO wiki page and there are now many contributors of stories and old photos to that end) has reminded me that we were all so lucky to have enjoyed that amazing time and to have known and loved Stace. 

All part of who we are. Life's rich tapestry and all that.

I had a lovely letter from Robbo (John Robertson became a director of Cameron Mackintosh's Australian company in 1986 and was Executive Producer for the original Australian production of The Phantom of the Opera) returning a note he had received from Stace for our archives. He closed with the words "alas, they only made one Stace". Indeed. 

But oh my! how fine it is that we knew him and that he lives on through the batons of so many who have been given a bit of a step up by our little efforts.

Alongside these musings, I'm thinking it would be a fine thing if our 'Stacey Angels' facebook page had your stories and snaps of Stace. (If you are not on the page, please make a request to join) So many of you have great stories to share well beyond the scope of the doco on which we are working. Your yarns are valuable assets to the Stacey story.

Do take a moment to tell yours.
Kathryn Sadler (Chair of Stacey Trust)

Past Stacey Award recipient news

Daniel Smith – Stacey Award 2009 (Email 14.8.13)
I am very happy to share some news with you from the past 12 months. After winning First Prize at the Mancinelli International Opera Conducting Competition (Italy), I was deeply honoured to win Second Prize at the Sir Georg Solti International Conducting Competition (Germany) and First Prize at the Fitelberg International Conducting Competition (Poland), as well as the Orchestra's Choice Prize, Golden Baton and Orpheus Prizes. I am also delighted to be the first Australian to receive an invitation from Maestro Gergiev, to conduct the Mariinsky Orchestra in Saint Petersburg this season in two gala concerts (Mozart & Ravel in October) and as Music Director for an opera in December.

  Currently, I am in Pesaro making my debut as Music Director for Rossini's Il viaggio a Reims at the Rossini Opera Festival. Other forthcoming engagements include my return to the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra and appearances at the MITO Festival, where I will conduct a rare performance of Cherubini's Missa Solemnis, two tours of Italy with the Haydn Orchestra and Orchestra della Toscana and to lead the spectacular Last Night of the Proms in Kraków. I will also make my debut with the London Philharmonic, Warsaw National Philharmonic, Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano "G. Verdi", Indianapolis Symphony and other orchestras touring North America, Asia and Europe.

Thank you again to all of you for your support in continuing the legacy of Maestro Stacey with this award. My journey would have been very different without your support. I've updated the website with performance details and now have a public page where you can follow the journey. Sending all my very best wishes back home, Daniel.
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Email from Burhan Gunner Aug 2012 - Stacey Award 2010
"……As for me - I'm currently the Chorus Master and Music Administrator at West Australian Opera (which is ostensibly the Head of Music position). Looking back and connecting the dots I can see that the Brian Stacey Award was an important and timely step in helping me further my career. I realise now that recognition from peers and colleagues in the profession lasts longer than any stipend.  

Now that I've been able to see the workings of the profession firsthand I would just like to again say thank you for helping me and others along the way. Giving an award that isn't necessarily contingent on direct outcomes is a rare thing in the arts, but in my situation it has worked out very well.

  Hanging right next to the Stage Door at His Majesty's is a Die Fledermaus poster that has been signed by Brian.  I walk past that poster every day… it's a timely reminder that the world is indeed a small and interconnected place..." Burhan

Kellie Dickerson – Stacey Award 2002 Kellie is currently Musical Director for Legally Blonde around Australia which won the Best Musical Award at the Helpmann Awards this year. Kellie is soon to be on the supervising team for Wicked in Auckland, Manilla and Seoul (Korean language production). She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2013 to study in New York and Boston with Broadway musical directors and composers, working with her on the role of musical director in original musical theatre works.

Staying in touch through our Database and Facebook:
Every year I write our annual newsletter which is still posted by snail mail but also put onto our website. That said, it is increasingly more difficult to keep track of supporters and so I invite you, if you are a Facebook user to PLEASE put a request in to be part of our Stacey Angels group Facebook page. This allows us to put out news of forthcoming winners, events and our countdown to our 20th year in 2016 when we hope to do a big celebration closing tribute event! We want you to be there and be involved (you can find a FB button on our website to get you there also)

It is our Annual Giving time and the smallest donation would be gratefully received – you can do this via the slip attached or details are on our website www.staceytrust.com.au. All donations above $2 are fully tax deductible and we happily supply a receipt for your donation. You can choose to donate specifically towards the documentary and be a Stacey Angel with a Halo or towards the Stacey Award (currently an $8,000 prize to the Stacey Award recipient each year) The Stacey Trust has survived solely by public donation for the past 7 years and we are eternally grateful for those who dig deep and realise the value of investing in Australia's musical future via our emerging conductors of today and tomorrow.

ONLY THREE MORE YEARS OF THE STACEY TRUST BEFORE WE SAY GOOD BYE In 2013, let me remind you again 'nothing stays the same' and by that I mean the Stacey Trust will only be around for another 3 years – in that time a wonderful story must be documented on film to enable future generations of Australian conductors and music lovers to know this unique story and confirm a significant piece of history in our ever developing Australian musical landscape. With the enormous progress in technology and the internet, the accessibility of this documentary in this day and age will be absolutely boundless. How exciting that the world could know this awesome, very Australian story, of a man who left a legacy that saw so many emerging Australian conductors gain momentum and flight; all with the intention of furthering excellence in the future music making for our country!
In other words, how the 'Stacey baton' was passed on with pride and honour for 20 years!

Thank you for taking the time to read our news of 2013.

As is tradition, in Stacey's words 'go well'


 

Andrea Gaze
Administrator & Director


Press Release 24 June 2013

The Brian Stacey Memorial Trust has great pleasure in announcing Carolyn Watson is the winner of the Brian Stacey Award 2013.

A genuinely talented and dedicated emerging Australian Conductor, Carolyn Watson left behind her secure and stable career as a violinist and pedagogue in 2008 to throw herself head first into the precarious world of musical direction and conducting. Carolyn deserves not only recognition for her gutsy and diligent hard work to this point, but also to be applauded and exposed as a great talent to be utilised in the Australian music industry. The Trustees and Musical Advisory Panel for the Brian Stacey Award are thrilled and unanimously delighted that Carolyn was chosen as the 2013 winner. Her 6th entry for this Award, Carolyn's unswerving determination and development as a conductor are clearly apparent. Through those 6 years she has not wavered with her dedication and quest for continual musical knowledge and skills that have enabled her development as a Conductor with excellent cross genre musical expertise.

In 2013, many people don't know who Brian Stacey was. Time has marched on and 17 years down the track, the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust is hoping to achieve their goal to make it to the 20 year finish line. It's a sad and special story held close to the hearts of those fortunate enough to have known and worked with Brian Stacey. The much-loved multitalented musical director Brian Stacey, died tragically in a motorcycle accident in 1996, the night before the Premier of the Really Useful Group's Australian production of Sunset Boulevard in Melbourne. Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber described "Stacey's" death as "a loss to the world of music theatre, not just Australia."

In establishing the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust in 1997, Stacey's family, friends and colleagues chose to honour his professional choices working in classical, ballet, opera, choral and music theatre genres. An award was created that would help to encourage emerging conductors to gain experience, in particular by crossing art-form barriers. In 2002 the Stacey Award became part of the Helpmann Awards® presented by Live Performance Australia™. The Stacey Trust continues to be so very grateful for this wonderful national platform, that allows them to present this unique award.

Many well known Australian legends of music and the entertainment world worked with Brian Stacey, the Stacey Trust has quietly collected interviews over the past few years of prominent people touched by 'Stace'. Our archives have interviews with the likes of Sir Charles Mackerras (our Patron until his passing), Hugh Jackman (who was one of the stars of Sunset Boulevard) Marina Prior and well known author and illustrator Graeme Base, who dedicated his performances of 'Sign of the Seahorse' to the memory of Brian Stacey, who he was collaborating with prior to Stacey's passing. It is hoped with archival footage of our wonderful Stacey Nights and Morning Melodies events, footage of the man himself in action and these interviews, a documentary can be made. Funding is the stumbling block as is the reason for our 20 year wrap up goal. This year and the next three until 2016, are critical ones for the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust (a registered non-profit charity) to make this documentary a reality, highlight the Stacey legacy that has been kept alive by passing the baton to 18 amazing Stacey Award recipients (who we hope to gather and applaud in our 20th year by which time it should be 21) and celebrate the 20 years of wonderful support and opportunity the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust has created for emerging Australian conductors at the finish line in 2016. A significant and precious part of Australian musical history.

Each year the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust seeks from it's applications an emerging conductor who will not only benefit from this unique $8,000 Award but is ripe for some well deserved support, exposure and an opportunity to further transform their vision for future music making in Australia into a reality. Carolyn Watson is unreservedly the worthy 18th recipient of these benefits and the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust warmly congratulates her.

Read Carolyn Watson's biography


11 September 2012

Hello Stacey Supporter

It's 2012 and we now have 17 Brian Stacey Award winners!

I have great pleasure in announcing that our 17th BRIAN STACEY AWARD 2012 winner is DANIEL CARTER. Daniel, who is just 23, was selected from the largest number of entries we've ever received and faced stiff competition from more experienced entrants. The Trustees made the final decision, pondering in depth the basic philosophy of the Award selection criteria of Stacey like qualities of skill, integrity, aiming high no matter the task, and a vision for future music making in Australia and of course, a sense of humour & generosity of spirit, all of which Daniel has in bucket loads. Seeing Daniel live in action soon after the official presentation took place, was nothing short of sensational. More about that later.

At the Helpmann Awards Nominations Media Launch at the Arts Centre on Monday 6 August, our chair of Trustees, Kathryn Sadler, spoke briefly about Brian Stacey and the Trust and announced Daniel Carter as our 2012 Stacey Award Winner. Our wonderful supporter of this year's award, Stephen Found, then presented Daniel with his $8,000 cheque. We are truly thankful to Live Performance Australia for giving us the ultimate national platform, loyally supporting our annual Award and our count down to our 20 year goal in 2016. We are so very grateful to the Sydney Lyric and Capitol Theatres' support through their Director, Stephen Found, for providing this year's $8,000 prize. We hope this example will be keenly followed in our final four years by supportive Australian producers and theatre owners, who are passionate about the future of live music and recognize the vital role the recipients of the Brian Stacey Award play in our unfolding artistic landscape.

A special mention and heartfelt thanks to our willing and legendary Musical Advisory Panel, Guy Noble, Brett Kelly and Lyndon Terracini, who generously give their time to go through all Award entries and whittle down the pool to candidate worthy of recommendation for the Trustees' consideration. All are highly busy, successful professionals, well respected in the Australian live music & theatre industry and we value their diverse feedback and opinions.

Walking briskly along in the cold today, I had a thunderbolt thought that tied together my two jobs; why I love doing them and what makes them both valid. Walking and being active often allow my thoughts to flow and create connections (those a lot wiser than me probably won't think it's a revelation, but for me it was!) You see by day, for the past 4 and a half years (often from 5.30am . . .) I am a mobile Personal Trainer and Pilates Instructor for my own micro business APT Personal Training & Portable Pilates and around that I am the Stacey Trust Administrator and have run the Stacey Trust Office for 15 years now.

Having recently been to Sydney earlier this year for the Fitness Professionals National Convention; aside from an important boost of enthusiasm, ideas and new knowledge, I discovered an amazing piece of brilliant mobile equipment fresh from the US! The Core Fitness Roller, invented by a wonderful visionary named Darya Bronston from Santa Barbara. I later met Darya when I flew back to Sydney for an intensive 20 hour 2 day course (could not miss this opportunity) to learn and formalise the amazing principals and capacity of the CFR during her only fleeting visit to Australia. Sure, I had bought one and began using it with my clients . . . but when I did the course, fully immersing myself in Darya's world and really understood through her eyes (which shone so brightly with excitement it was infectious!) this innovative and brilliant piece of equipment - my depth of understanding and therefore teaching my clients, really ignited and of course was much, much more beneficial and worthwhile!

Now bear with me, as this is not an excuse to rabbit on about myself or my business, it concerns the correlation between my 2 working worlds about which, I am hugely passionate. Both are not just jobs; they are what propels me along in my daily life... and I believe are 'making a difference to the quality of others' lives'. I am indeed so blessed to work in both the health & fitness industry as well as investing in the future of music making in Australia. What a combo!!

Kate and I were fortunate to see our newly announced winner of the Brian Stacey Award 2012, DANIEL CARTER, conducting his mainstage debut piece at the Melbourne Recital Centre a couple of weeks ago. Victorian Opera did a clever double bill; Master Peter's Puppet Show and Elliott Carter's only opera (written when he was 90 – he's now 103) 'What Next?' It was a thrill to see this 23 year old young Conductor, literally 'emerge' before our very eyes. What really struck us was that, apart from his unruffled and confident conducting, where he had full command of the complex score and his cast and orchestral forces, staged on various levels; he was completely involved, passionate and clearly connected on a deeper level to the Elliott Carter piece. This was due to a trip to New York earlier in 2012, when he studied with the composer himself and thus gained an intense and deeper understanding of the opera. How invaluable this experience was for him, his cast and musicians and ultimately, the audience; than if he'd simply obtained the score, learnt the piece and conducted the performances.

So where am I going with this????

The Brian Stacey Award is about providing a stepping stone to a higher level of support, enabling brilliant emerging conductors to have that extra depth of mentoring from the original source like Elliott Carter (as I had from Darya Bronston for my CFR and indeed, as Stacey did from the late, great Sir Charles Mackerras) This in turn gives true meaning and marks the leaders in their field. In the case of Daniel Carter, he is a visionary in the future of music making in Australia and will use his prize to return to New York to strengthen and develop the connections he made with New York's Metropolitan Opera.

An Inventor of an amazing piece of exercise equipment, or a Composer of contemporary music, are sources and breeding grounds for more new brilliant ideas, development and depth of understanding. . . This is where my 2 jobs/worlds collide and I am immensely proud and joyful about that! I invite you to embrace and celebrate the same through your ongoing interest and support of the Brian Stacey Memorial Trust and its annual Award.

Daniel Carter will appear as a Presenter at the 2012 Helpmann Awards Ceremony at the Sydney Opera House on Monday 24 September. You can see Daniel and the whole event on Tuesday 25 September at 8.30pm when the Helpmann Awards® will be broadcast exclusively the following night on Australia's arts and entertainment channel STUDIO – channel 132 on Foxtel. Watch this space, this young man is on his way and is a star in the making.

From our Chair: 'As Time Goes By' Kathryn Sadler (September 2012)

So here we are powering towards our goal of giving our Stacey Award for twenty years in 2016. At our last Trustees meeting we were remarking on how things have changed in the way we go about our task, much as every endeavour involving administration, no matter the purpose, has changed in the intervening years since Stacey's death in 1996.

In our first year we, the Trustees, viewed the applications from some high profile conductors. Then we handed over the award to Symphony Australia who was running its own competition & the Stacey Award was given as an encouragement prize, decided by Symphony Australia's adjudicators.

We were grateful to Symphony Australia, not least because this arrangement gave us some breathing space as we established our regular fund raising events, our Stacey Morning Melodies and The Stacey Night at the Festival.

However, it concerned us that in association with Symphony Australia, each year our award was necessarily being handed to a conductor of classical music and, as you are probably aware, Stace 's interests were about music making; period. He loved it all and brought his passion to whatever task was before him with equal attention to detail, authenticity, and his usual bonhomie with his crew, no matter the seas on which his ship was sailing.

So, when the Helpmann Awards presented by Live Performance Australia, a cross genre, national board game, agreed to include us under their umbrella, we were absolutely thrilled. It was a perfect partnership and we are so grateful to Evelyn Richardson, Jon Nichols, Anna Muscara and Nicole Benson for remaining committed to our cause until we celebrate our 20th and final year.

This meant we had to revisit our selection process, consider criteria and establish an advisory panel.
From the start of this period we all agreed that we were interested in emerging conductors who, like Stace, had a broader view of live performance and who also had an eye on what the future for live performance might hold and what their role in that future might be. So unlike other Helpmann recipients, our award was not about artists' achievements, but about their vision.

Support material wasn't as easily available in those early days & the decision was very much made on the strength of the applicant's Vision Statement and their references. Support material, such as it was, was usually in video tape or CD form & Andrea had to coordinate passing it round between our advisors. How quaint that seems now, yet it was only a few years ago!

In due time the hefty videos became DVDs and we were able to request multiple copies to save Andrea the leg work, though she still had to parcel up and snail mail. Naturally, submitted support material became a key element in our advisors' decision making and made the whole process a great deal easier. This will be easier still next year, when we move to entirely digitally submitted support material courtesy of Dropbox and links etc.

Our advisors have been valiant over the years dealing with due dates around their hectic schedules, never failing to complete their onerous task on time. Certainly, I think they're all looking forward to being able to sit with their laptops, iPads, tablets etc in their hotel rooms, airports lounges, or by their own fireside, dipping into the musical lives of the next generation of Australian musical leaders. We are so grateful to them all (past and present) & to Andrea who oversees the whole process with her meticulous professionalism.

If you're reading this with a good glass of red in your hand (Stacey style) do raise it to our advisors & to Andrea for a difficult job continually well done! (Or whip the top off a bottle now. I wonder what Stace would've made of the screw top? Probably would've harrumphed a bit and got stuck into it anyway. Ah, progress!)

Past Stacey Award recipient news – straight from their own email updates last month:

Guy Noble 1997 (Aug 2012)

A few highlights: Wrote and directed an orchestral tribute to the Titanic on the 100th anniversary in 2012 - with the Adelaide Symphony and actors Paul Blackwell and Alexandra Rice.
Gala opening concert of The Noosa Food and Wine Festival with The Queensland Virtuosi and Maggie Beer, Simon Bryant and Jane Rutter.
Orchestral tours with Michael Bolton and Randy Newman
produced the orchestral component with the Metropolitan Chamber Orchestra for the NRL
Grand Final 2011 at ANZ Stadium
Last Night of the Proms with the Sydney Symphony and Adelaide Symphony
Currently scoring a feature film in LA

Benjamin Northey 2003 (Aug 2012)

I've been enjoying a busy period of work in the last 18 months including conducting seasons of Don Giovanni and Cosi for Opera Australia. Also concerts with MSO, SSO, QSO, TSO, ASO, Christchurch Symphony. Recently conducted a masters series concert of Mahler 4 and Shostakovich violin concerto with Julian Rachlin with MSO. Was MD for the re-opening concerts for Hamer Hall and successfully converted KD Lang into a Richmond Tigers supporter!  Busy 2013 including Hong Kong Philharmonic, Auckland Phil, SSO, TSO, ASO, QSO and continuing my busy role as Associate Conductor of the MSO.  (and . . . congratulations on your baby daughter Ben & Jo!)

Vanessa Scammell 2008 joint winner (20.8.12)

In 2011, I conducted 'La Traviata' with Opera Australia's Oz Opera tour and I am about to begin the Melbourne season of SOUTH PACIFIC with Opera Australia. Amongst that I have been freelancing and gigs include Lea Salonga in Concert,  The Helpmann Awards for the 5th year running, concert work with Orchestra Victoria and most recently a Production Company version of 'The Producers' with Orchestra Victoria.

Daniel Smith 2009 (22.8.12)

This month, Daniel Smith won first place in the 2012 Luigi Mancinelli Opera Conductors' International Competition, in Orvieto, Italy. Competing against 67 semi-finalists from around the world, Daniel surpassed six other grand-finalists to take home First Prize for Australia in this prestigious competition and will conduct the Spazio Musica 2012/13 performances of La Traviata at Teatro Mancinelli. Daniel also recently won the 'Orchestra's Choice Prize for Best Conductor' at the 2011 Lutoslawski International Conducting Competition. Following his debut with the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra in 2010, in 2011/12 Daniel conducted three programs with the Orchestre Philharmonique de Nice (including the New Year's Eve concert to a capacity audience of 2,500). He also debuted with the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (Canada) to critical and public acclaim, and returns for another Master Series concert with them in the 2012/13 season.

Trevor Jones 2011 joint winner (Aug 2012)

My news: I am one of the conductors in this year's Victorian State Schools Spectacular. I will also be conducting Opera in the Park for Stonnington City Council in early 2013. In other news, I will be working as a piano bar entertainer for Carnival Cruise Lines in Nov and Dec this year!

James Pratt 2011 joint winner (email letter sent - 16 July 2012)

Dear Andrea, Kate, Guy and Stacey-Trust Panel,

I just wanted to write to you to let you know what I'm up to. At this time last year, I had just found out that I was a fortunate recipient of the Stacey Award 2011. It was such an exciting time, followed by the pressure of living up to this recognition. I made a deal with myself, that I would be overseas in 12 months, learning and developing my conducting skills, and spending my award funds for maximum gain.
(Attached was a photograph from a concert in Barcelona with the Chamber Orchestra of Cattalonia, Mendelssohn Violin Concerto (James Pratt – Conductor) To view the concert click here.

I am so proud that I made it abroad within my 12 month deadline, and I am staying in Europe as long as I continue to work and develop. As you know, the Stacey Award does make a difference, it opens doors, and gives just the right kind of kick up the pants needed to start kicking goals after so many years as a student. I know this now too.

Becoming a conductor is a difficult path, and unique to each individual. I just wanted to say thanks again for selecting me, and I hope to continue to be a good ambassador for the Stacey Trust.

Sincerely James Pratt

It's really a testimony to our recipients they are all doing so well and such diverse and amazing things, can't help think what a great big grin this would bring to Stacey's face.

Our database & Facebook: Every year I write our annual newsletter which is still posted by snail mail but also put onto our website. That said it is increasingly more difficult to keep track of supporters and so I invite you if you are a Facebook user to PLEASE friend our STACEY ANGELS page. This allows us to put out news of forthcoming winners, events and our countdown to our 20th year in 2016 when we hope to do a big celebration event! We want you to be there and be involved.

It is our annual giving time and the smallest donation would be gratefully received – you can do this via the slip attached or again details are on our website and Stacey Angels FB page. The Stacey Trust has survived solely by public donation for the past 5 years and we are eternally grateful for those who dig deep and realise the value of investing in Australia's musical future via our emerging conductors of today and tomorrow.

I do pinch myself again in 2012 as I realise that the Stacey legacy is alive and well with the passing of the Stacey Award baton to Daniel Carter. Thank you for taking the time to read this newsletter and keeping the Stacey Trust and Award flame alight in 2012 and beyond.

As is tradition, in Stacey's words 'go well'


 

Andrea Gaze
Administrator & Director

 

For more information please contact Andrea Gaze  0412 585 181 or staceytrust@iinet.net.au




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The Brian Stacey Award 2012 - Winner

Daniel Carter Daniel Carter: (Born 1989). Graduate of Melbourne University with a Bachelor of Music (Honours) having studied composition and piano.  During 2010 and 2011 he was a Developing Artist Conductor/Repetiteur with Victorian Opera, working as the assistant conductor on more than a dozen operas, conducting youth opera performances and studying with Richard Gill. Daniel has been a member of the Symphony Services International Core Conductors Program since 2009, working with orchestras in Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Sydney and Auckland.

Daniel debuted with the Victorian Youth opera commission, a world premiere of Stuart Greenbaum's Parrot Factory and has since conducted education performances of Hansel and Gretel, La Cenerentola and The Magic Flute as well as conducting for the New Opera Ventures Program.

In 2011 Daniel conducted performances of Threepenny Opera at Sydney Theatre Company as well as preparing the chorus for the Australian Ballet's 'Elegy', working on 'Assembly' for the Melbourne Festival and presenting his first Sydney Symphony schools concert in Newcastle.

2012 sees Daniel working in various conducting capacities for Opera Australia, Sydney Symphony Education, the Melbourne and Sydney Festivals, The Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne Youth Music and Victorian Opera. Daniel was awarded a scholarship to study with Elliott Carter and conductors from The New York Metropolitan Opera in May 2012 in preparation for his main stage debut conducting a double bill of Manuel de Falla and the Australian Premiere of Elliott Carter's only opera.

Daniel's mainstage debut took place on 15 August at the Melbourne Recital Centre Master Peter's Puppet Show and What Next? (Elliot Carter)

"Conductor Daniel Carter makes an auspicious mainstage debut, leading the redoubtable Orchestra Victoria in a confident, unflustered manner. Carter's management of the orchestra, six singers and four percussionists on stage in 'What Next?" is quite extraordinary." Simon Parris: Man in Chair (Music Theatre and Opera Reviews, News and Views) 16 August 2012.


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