Nigel Butterley honored posthumously at the Art Music Awards
Nigel Butterley will posthumously receive the Richard Gill Award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music at the 2022 Art Music Awards.
Butterley was a highly decorated composer, teacher, broadcaster, pianist and musician.
He died in February this year, aged 86, after a long illness.
During her career, Butterley has won awards such as the Albert H. Maggs Composition Award, Don Banks Music Award, Paul Lowin Orchestral Prize, an Art Music Award and an Order of Australia.
During his time as a host on ABC Radio, he was a strong advocate for new music never before heard in Australia.
In 1973 he had been commissioned to compose a work to celebrate the opening of the Sydney Opera House, creating “Fire in the Heavens”.
The Art Music Awards will also include five live performances, hosted by Music Director Barney McAll.
Performances include one by Gian Slater and Invenio Singers, another by Helen Svoboda with Erik Griswold, Joseph O’Connor, Audrey Powne and Andrew Saragossi. Violin and piano duo Andrew Haveron and Simon Tedeschi will also take the stage, as will baroque recorder and harpsichord duo Hannah Coleman and Donald Nicolson. Butchulla singer Fred Leone along with experimental bassist Samuel Pankhurst, Ritchie Daniell and Charlotte Jacke will round out the performances.
The awards will take place on Wednesday August 31 in Melbourne.
APRA AMCOS and the Australian Music Center said the organizations are looking forward to hosting the first live in-person ceremony in two years.