BEGUILED and BEDAZZLED (An Australian Romance Classic)

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If you're not totally dedicated to music, then find something else to do with your life. My harmony homework was crap and Richard was pissed off, his face glowing red with indignation. He really cared about this stuff and by now he had my full attention. It scared the hell out of me and was the catalyst to reset my priorities and get down to work to see if I could realise my dream of becoming a full time professional muso.

I had spent the last few years under his spell where he conducted the conservatorium high school kids for choir and orchestra. Like generations before and after, he had the entire school in awe of his musical insights, enchanted by his love of the artform, and bedazzled by his seemingly bottomless boot-load of musical trivia, both profound and absurd.

There was even a rumour going around that he had played keyboard in a rock'n roll band. Here was a music teacher with real street cred. With every gesture and every word, at every minute of the night and day, Richard's message to the world was crystal-clear We were the disciples and Richard was part of the glue that brought all the pieces together and made it work.

One Saturday night a few of the high school kids secretly conspired with his wife Maureen to kidnap Richard and whisk him away to one of our class parties. A carload of us rocked up to the Stanmore house, threw a large sack over his head, bound his hands and feet and unceremoniously heaved him into the back of my old station wagon.

It was a long trip from Stanmore to my folks' house on the north side, but Richard entered into the spirit of the occasion like some gorky overgrown kid. Maureen dropped over later to take him home for dinner and we spent the rest of the night congratulating each other on the audacity and success of the operation.

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After leaving school at the end of year 10 to learn the clarinet from my dad, Richard agreed to teach me harmony. Like a caring father he would set me harmony exercises, help me to unpack Bach inventions, and reveal the genius of Stravinsky. With interminable patience he would steer my clumsy attempts to write short exercises emulating the style of particular composers and try his best to teach me ' how notes work'. I always left the room feeling desperately unworthy, yet never anything less than blessed that I had him to myself for a full 30 minutes each week.

He never accepted payment, so each lesson I would bake him a loaf of bread, a gesture he would fondly recall decades later. On the way home I frequently snuck into the back of his Dip.

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Delivered in the style of a condescending, slightly aberrant pre-school teacher, it was pure entertainment. Carl Orff meets Seinfeld on steroids. This was the genius of his teaching method in full flight, a heady performance of profound insights, rigorous discipline, outrageous hilarity and a juggernaut of indefatigable energy.

He should have had his own TV show. Yet for all the beratement of our inadequacies, everyone in the room was made to feel special in some way, like the prize of a fulfilling life in music was just within our grasp, if only we had the tenacity and drive to want it badly enough. His philosophy that music is at the top of the artistic food chain - 'because sound is the first sensation we experience as a baby in the womb' [apparently he had this on good authority….

In he invited me to compose a percussion concerto for the Sydney Symphony Orchestra's concert series 'Meet the Music'. By this stage Richard was hitting his stride as a conductor and forging his reputation as a champion of contemporary music, commissioning and conducting dozens of new concert works by many of Australia's leading composers.

Meet the Music was the centrepiece of the SSO's education program, and careful steps were taken to pre-empt these concert events with informative study guides, composer lectures, interviews and so forth. It was especially thrilling to be sitting in the audience amongst the thousands of kids who, having already studied these works at school, greeted the performances with the enthusiasm and hysteria of a rock concert.

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We had left the confines of the Con and were now out in the real world living the dream, Richard once again plotting a steady course from the wheelhouse, paving the way for local culture and offering us hope for a rich and promising future for music in Australia. Still very much in the throes of grief, social interaction was a huge challenge for us and something to avoid, yet we were both touched by the invitation and curious to see how we would handle a Sunday afternoon at the Gills'.

With the empathy and special understanding of a favoured grandparent, they took us into their home and surrounded us with their love and care. It was heart-warming and healing to be with them. Over the course of the lunch Richard told me that I must write a requiem for Eli. Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment.

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