Here to stay

A $12.5 million strategic investment is revitalising the ANU School of Music, says Professor MALCOLM GILLIES.

Canberra needs the ANU School of Music. And the School of Music needs the support of Canberra.

The School has rarely been out of the news since its inception in 1965. Andrew Podger’s recently finalised community consultation report on the School, commissioned by the University, has documented that loud past, with its stunning array of performances, illustrious graduates and scholarly achievements, as well as a lingering legacy of disputes, tensions and insecurities, particularly those associated with a major restructure of 2012.

Podger’s community consultation was extensive, his recommendations comprehensive, and his message clear: Canberra wants a strong, diverse and top-quality School of Music, as much as ever.

So, where now for what I affectionately remember as the Canberra School of Music? Part of a world-beating university, certainly, but equally a loyal partner in the vibrant arts community we all know Canberra to be.