Richard Mason has agreed to take on the post of Music Director. Our current Director, Stephen Deakes, will be retiring from the role after the May Concert. (We are very lucky, however, that he will be staying on with the band).
Richard Mason is an accomplished and versatile artist who has extensive professional performing experience in both Australia and Europe. He graduated from The Victorian College of the Arts in 1995, later returning to complete a Master’s degree in both clarinet and bass clarinet. Richard also holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne and a Graduate Diploma of Education from Monash University. He has won numerous scholarships and awards including the Willem van Otterloo Scholarship that enabled him to study in Amsterdam with the renowned bass clarinet virtuoso Harry Sparnaay.
Richard’s professional performing experience encompasses orchestral and chamber music; music theatre; broadcasts on radio including ABC and 3 MBS radio; recording for film scores; and performances in festivals including the Melbourne International Festival. His interest in New Music, has led to him premiering new works by leading Australian composers. Richard is a sessional Lecturer at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music and his expertise as an educator sees him in demand as a facilitator of secondary and tertiary performance masterclasses, as well as a conductor and chamber ensemble coach.