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Past Grainger Events

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Recollections of the house at 7 Cromwell Place: Barry Peter Ould's presentation provided a glimpse inside Percy Grainger's former residence.
10 September 2012
Photograph: Brian Allison

John Maidment guiding visitors through a tour of Trinity College Chapel, designed by Alexander North and adjacent to the Grainger Museum.
16 September 2012
Photograph: Brian Allison

Colin Offord plays the Great Island Mouthbow, an instrument of his own creation.
26 August 2012
Photograph: Brian Allison

Music in the museum:
Jenny Thomas' performance with Percy Grainger's Hardanger fiddle.
17 June 2012
Photographs: Brian Allison

Professor the Hon Barry Jones AO in conversation with Professor Barry Conyngham AM at the recent launch of Goodbye ‘til next time: A Critical Biography of A.E. Floyd (1877–1974) by Ian Burk, Lyrebird Press at the Grainger Museum.
5 June 2012
Photograph: Brian Allison

Dr Daniel Grimley lecture
3 April 2012
Photograph: Brian Allison

Professor Philip Goad opening of the exhibition 'Life Under a Shadow: John Harry Grainger Architect and Civil Engineer', 8 March 2012. Photograph: Brian Allison

Philip G. Kent, University Librarian addressing the opening of the exhibition' Life Under a Shadow: John Harry Grainger Architect and Civil Engineer' 8 March 2012. Photograph: Brian Allison

Alison Rabinovici, Stella Gray, Monica Syrette, Astrid Krautschneider and Philip Goad at the opening of the exhibition 'Life Under a Shadow: John Harry Grainger Architect and Civil Engineer', 8 March 2012. Photograph: Brian Allison

Ros Bandt and Johannes Sistermanns, 'Tracings' CD launch and performance
Photograph: Brian Allison

Suzanne Bravery, Belinda Dalton, Loclan Mackenzie –Spencer and Professor Kerry Murphy, Grainger Day, 19 October 2011. Photograph: Fotoholics - Melbourne University Photography Club.

Pianist Loclan Mackenzie-Spencer at Grainger Day, 19 October 2011. Photograph: Fotoholics - Melbourne University Photography Club.

University of Melbourne Saxophone Quartet at Grainger Day, 19 October 2011. Photograph: Fotoholics - Melbourne University Photography Club.

Singer Belinda Dalton at Grainger Day, 19 October 2011. Photograph: Fotoholics - Melbourne University Photography Club.

Exhibition 'A Colonial Song? Percy Grainger's London 1901-1914', Two Temple Place London. July 2011. Photograph: Robert Piwko/City of London Festival.

Malcolm Gillies addressing the re-opening of the Grainger Museum, 15 October 2010.
Photograph: Andrew Stephenson

Past Events

Air Force Jazz

The Air Force Jazz Group will present a performance of their own original compositions as part of the 75th birthday celebrations of the Grainger Museum. The program explores the diverse musical experience that the ensemble brings to each performance. Percy Grainger's musical connection to military bands is well known. This concert epitomises this connection, his interest in jazz and original composition.

With a history dating back to the early 1920s, the Air Force Jazz Group draws on Australia's rich and vibrant jazz culture, bringing together six musicians specifically recruited for their dedication to this art form.

  • Greg Gear – Piano
  • Ralph Whiteoak – Alto Saxophone
  • Jeff Vague – Tenor/Soprano saxophone
  • Andrew Hammon – Trombone
  • Ben van den Akker – Drums
  • Barney Loveland – Double Bass

Sunday 10 August at 3:30pm

Grainger Museum, near Gate 13,
Royal Parade, University of Melbourne

Free admission but numbers are limited. Contact Brian Allison on (03) 8344 8822 or [email protected] to reserve a seat.

For further information please download the flyer.

Cultural Treasures Festival 2014

Sharing the weekend of Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July 2014 is the Cultural Treasures Festival 2014, where the University of Melbourne unlocks the doors to its extraordinary collection of treasures for two days only.

This unmissable program of exhibitions, guided tours, talks and seminars reveals the riches collected by one of Australia's oldest universities, dating from its first decades and paralleling the teaching and academic disciplines since that time. The depth, diversity and size of the University of Melbourne's museums and collections is unequalled by any other Australian university.

For more information about the Cultural Treasures Festival 2014, visit the website at []

Open House Melbourne 2014

We are absolutely delighted to let you all know that the Grainger Museum has again been invited to join this year's Open House Melbourne to be held over the weekend of Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July 2014.

The Grainger Museum 'a gift from Percy Grainger to the people of Melbourne' will feature in the popular Open House Melbourne weekend, where everyone who loves Melbourne is invited to explore great contemporary, historic and sustainable buildings and spaces. This free event offers a rare opportunity to discover the hidden wealth of design, architectural, engineering and historic gems nestled around the city. Most of these buildings are generally not open to the public but there are a few buildings, like the Grainger Museum, that have been classed as 'well kept' secrets and Open House Melbourne is giving them exposure.

So we will fling open our doors to the public from 10am-4pm on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July 2014! For more information about Open House Melbourne 2014, visit the website at []

Melbourne Rare Book Week, 17 to 27 July 2014

The Grainger Museum, in partnership with Melbourne Rare Book Week 2014, presents:

An artist's utopia Mortimer Menpes, printmaker, author, Japanophile

3:00pm-3:30pm, Friday 25 July 2014 at the Grainger Museum.

Join curators Brian Allison and Astrid Britt Krautschneider for a floor talk discussing the latest temporary exhibition at the Grainger Museum: An artist's utopia: Mortimer Menpes in Japan.

The presentation will highlight this little-known Australian artist's work, his enduring fascination with Japan, and his remarkable book publishing endeavours – including his role in the introduction of a new printing technique – the Hentschel Colourtype process.

Melbourne Rare Book Week commenced in 2012 as a partnership between ANZAAB, the University of Melbourne and eight other literary institutions. In 2013, over 30 free events were held at libraries, literary and historical societies and bookshops throughout Melbourne, attracting local, national and international visitors. Melbourne Rare Book Week is now well established in the City of Melbourne's event calendar. It is a major attraction for book collectors, librarians and all who have a love of words, print on paper and literary heritage.

For more information about Melbourne Rare Book Week, visit the website at []

Nite Art 2014

Across the city of Melbourne, Wednesday 23 July 2014, 6pm – late

The Grainger Museum will feature a work by renowned sound and video artist Roger Alsop. Roger's work for NiteArt In and Out, Over and Under (an interactive audio –visual installation) was inspired by an evocative quote from composer Percy Grainger:

"Life is very much like Bach's polyphonic music – themes, beautiful themes, trying themes, difficult themes – other answering themes working in and out, over, about and under to form the whole – the rich masterpiece... I firmly believe that music will someday become a 'universal language'.... The first step in the right direction is to view the music of all peoples and periods without prejudice of any kind..."

Nite Art 2014 highlights Melbourne's architectural and cultural assets through the lens of artistic responses. With 8 precincts, 28 art sites, 35 exhibitions, 80+ artists and growing, Nite Art 2014 lets Melburnians explore sites across the city including commercial galleries, artist–run spaces, museums and unusual architectural spaces.

For this and other programs visit the NiteArt 2014 website []


Musical performance by Nick Tsiavos (double bass), Deborah Kayser (soprano), Adam Simmons (saxophone), Peter Neville and Eugene Ughetti (percussion)

Photograph: Performance of Liminal, at fortyfivedownstairs, 2010

Nick Tsiavos is a very active double bassist and composer. His music is a fusion of ancient Byzantine chant, European jazz, minimalism and free form exuberance 70's rock. The ancient becomes modern as the languages and energies of Modernism mix freely with the rapture and danger of Sacred Text. LIMINAL is the point of distillation for Nick Tsiavos in his 20 year old exploration of these ideas.

In LIMINAL, Tsiavos brings together a group of brilliantly creative and intuitively aware musicians that have worked throughout the world across a multitude of styles and genre.

Sunday 15 June at 3:30pm

Grainger Museum, near Gate 13,
Royal Parade, University of Melbourne

Adults $20, Concession $15. Payment is required on the day at the door.

Please book ahead as numbers are limited. Contact Brian Allison on (03) 8344 8822 or [email protected] to reserve a seat.

For further information please download the flyer.

From Gallia to Grainger: the Period Room in Australia

Lecture by Associate Professor Alison Inglis

London Room display, Grainger Museum, 1988 (photographer unknown)

The "Period Room" is a form of museum interpretation that seeks to present works of art (fine and decorative) within an appropriate architectural setting. The heyday of this innovative display technique was the early 20th century, but it retains its popularity even today in American art museums (such as the Metropolitan in New York or the Getty Museum in Los Angeles). This lecture will outline the history of the Period Room in Australia, through a series of case studies ranging from the famous Gallia apartment in the National Gallery of Victoria to the "London Room" in the Grainger Museum.

Alison Inglis is an Associate Professor in the Art History program at the University of Melbourne. Her special research interests are 19th century British art and museum studies.

Thursday 29 May at 5:30pm

Grainger Museum, near Gate 13,
Royal Parade, University of Melbourne

Admission is free.

For further information please download the flyer.

Henri Kowalski, a Frenchman in Colonial Australia and issues of cultural transfer

Lecture by Professor Kerry Murphy

Of Polish origin, virtuoso pianist and composer Henri Kowalski (1841–1916) was born and raised in France, chiefly Brittany, but spent an extraordinary amount of his adult life crossing the seas. He visited Australia twice, once in 1880 and from 1885, he settled in Sydney for thirteen years from 1885 to 1898. Although a serious musician and respected as such, Kowalski was also an adventurer, with a vagabond if not larrikin spirit that endeared him to Australians. His two visits raise different issues of cultural transfer which are as significant from the European as from the Australian side of the exchange.

Kerry Murphy is Head of Musicology at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music at the University of Melbourne. Her research interests focus chiefly on 19th century French music and music criticism and Colonial Australian music history and she has published widely in these areas. She is currently researching the impact of travelling virtuosi to Australia.

Thursday 1 May at 5:30pm

Grainger Museum, near Gate 13,
Royal Parade, University of Melbourne

Admission is free.

For further information please download the flyer.

Dolmetsch's delight

Vivien Hamilton - voice
Rosemary Hodgson - lute and chittarone
Ruth Wilkinson - viola da gamba and recorder

In the 1930s Percy Grainger visited the great early music advocate Arnold Dolmetsch in England, attending his Haslemere Festival of Early Music. Through this meeting, Grainger came to admire the diverse and colourful musical styles of the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque periods. He put his arranging skills to work in revoicing past masterpieces for modern instruments.

This recital brings together gems from the repertoire of the Elizabethan English Lute Song, the French air de cour, the Italian madrigal and virtuoso early Baroque Italian monody.

Sunday 13 April at 2:30pm

Grainger Museum, near Gate 13,
Royal Parade, University of Melbourne

Adults $20, Concession $15. Payment is required on the day at the door.

Please book ahead as numbers are limited. Contact Brian Allison on (03) 8344 8822 or [email protected] to reserve a seat.

For further information please download the flyer

Anna May Wong's Lucky Shoes: 1939 Australia through the eyes of an Art Deco diva
An illustrated lecture by Dr Derham Groves

Thursday 14 November, 6.00pm

Anna May Wong was the world's first Chinese-American film star, who visited Australia for 107 days in 1939. Her stylish outfits delighted her fans. Wong was passionate about footwear and even kept a lucky shoe in her dressing room in Melbourne's Tivoli Theatre.

Derham Groves is an architect and pop culture historian. He was the founding Vice President of PopCAANZ (the Popular Culture Association of Australia and New Zealand), and for many years he has been the area chair of Popular Art, Architecture and Design for the Popular Culture Association in the USA. He is the author of several books, including Out of the ordinary, 2012, Anna May Wong's lucky shoes, 2011, There's no place like Holmes, 2008, and TV houses, 2004. He also teaches architecture at the University of Melbourne.

Derham's fascinating publication focusing on Anna May Wong is part biographical history – Australia in 1939 as viewed by Anna May Wong, and part chronicles a project in which he set 52 architecture students the task of designing that lucky shoe.

Thursday 14 November 2013 at 6:00pm

Grainger Museum, near Gate 13,
Royal Parade, University of Melbourne

Admission is free.

A Day at the Fair
Andrew Robson Quintet

Sunday 20 October, 2.30pm

Andrew Robson is an award-winning alto saxophone player and composer. He will perform his arrangements of songs collected by Grainger from Lincolnshire folk singer, Joseph Taylor. His ensemble includes James Greening (trombone), Alister Spence (harmonium), Brett Hirst (double bass) and Toby Hal (drums).

Sunday 20 October at 2:30pm

Grainger Museum, near Gate 13,
Royal Parade, University of Melbourne

Adults $20, Concession $15. Payment is required on the day at the door.

Please book ahead as numbers are limited. Contact Brian Allison on (03) 8344 8822 or[email protected] to reserve a seat.

For further information please download the flyer

Miles Brown in concert

Thursday 17 October, 6.00pm

Miles is one of Australia’s leading Theremin players who also composes for the instrument. He has performed with internationally renowned artists such as Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Goblin, Hawkwind, and Black Mountain, and has played at Theremin symposiums in Europe. Best known as the leader of Melbourne instrumental heavyweights The Night Terrors, Brown's solo work explores the Theremin and analogue synthesiser in the realm of art sound and dark electronica. This performance will also include Miles talking about the history and technology of this unique instrument.

Thursday 17 October at 6:00pm

Grainger Museum, near Gate 13,
Royal Parade, University of Melbourne

Adults $15, Concession $10. Payment is required on the day at the door.

Please book ahead as numbers are limited. Contact Brian Allison (03) 8344 8822 [email protected] to reserve a seat.

For further information please download the flyer

Sugar to Porcelain
The story of the famous Meissen Monkey Band (Die Affenkapelle)
An illustrated lecture by Patricia Begg OAM

Tuesday 1 October, 11.00am

Patricia Begg is an internationally renowned scholar and collector of porcelain and glass who has studied many of the large collections in England, Europe and North America first hand. She has curated a number of acclaimed exhibitions for major galleries including the National Gallery of Victoria, and is a regular presenter of lectures in ceramics, glass, and social history.

Tuesday 1 October 2013

Grainger Museum, near Gate 13,
Royal Parade, University of Melbourne

Admission is free, but please book ahead as places are limited.

Contact Brian Allison (03) 8344 8822 [email protected]

For further information please download the flyer

Jenny M Thomas and The System

Sunday 29 September, 2.30pm

Jenny Thomas is a ‘fiddle singer’ – a fine violinist with a beautiful voice. She has created her own genre of music: part folk; part jazz and very Gothic. She has reworked colonial Australian folksongs, looking into the heart of our cultural origins with an intensity that is balanced by a beautiful lyricism. In her words: ‘Gothic tales of Australia’s dark history retold.’ Jenny is accompanied by Dan Wilton on double bass and Chris Wilson on drum kit. The System will perform in the Grainger Museum immediately following a national tour.

Sunday 29 September 2013
Museum opens at 1.00pm, concert begins at 3.30pm

Grainger Museum, near Gate 13,
Royal Parade, University of Melbourne

Adults $15, Concession $10. Payment is required on the day at the door.

Contact Symone Blake at [email protected] or 03 9035 4727 to reserve a seat.

For further information please download the flyer

Archiving Grainger; or Flaubert's parrot, memory death and mal d'archive
An illustrated lecture by Michael Piggott

Sunday 25 August

Formerly Manager, Cultural Collections and University Archivist at the University of Melbourne, Michael Piggott is now retired though remains engaged in professional and scholarly projects. He wrote for the inaugural issue of Grainger Studies; an Interdisciplinary Journal (2011) and recently published Australia's first archives monograph Archives and Societal Provenance: Australian Essays (Chandos, 2012) which included chapters on "An archival afterlife" and "Recordkeeping and recordari: listening to Percy Grainger". Drawing on these themes, the lecture will share reflections prompted by Grainger's obsessive self-documenting, its meanings and multiple repercussions.

Sunday 25 August 2013
Museum opens at 1.00pm, lecture from 2.00pm

Grainger Museum, near Gate 13,
Royal Parade, University of Melbourne

Free admission.
Please book ahead as numbers are limited.
To make a booking please visit:

For further information, please download the flyer.

Colin Offord, live in concert

Sunday 30 June 2013

Returning to the Grainger Museum after a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging performance in 2012, Colin is set to warm up a Melbourne winter afternoon with new compositions, pieces from his recordings and free improvisations.

Grainger Museum, near Gate 13, Royal Parade, University of Melbourne
Concert begins at 3:30pm
Adults $15, Concession $10. Payment is required on the day at the door.

Contact Symone Blake at [email protected] or 03 9035 4727 to reserve a seat.

For further information please download the flyer

'A Wayward Girl': The early life of Ella Grainger
An illustrated lecture by Monica Syrette.

Sunday 2 June 2013, 2.30pm

Ella Viola Ström, Percy Grainger's future wife was born outside Stockholm in 1889 and left Sweden in 1907, seeking a life of adventure. She attended Slade Art School and ateliers in Paris, and was to move in a social circle that included leading artists, literary figures and bohemian members of the aristocracy. She also had two very influential lovers.

Grainger Museum, Gate 13, University of Melbourne
Admission is free.
For further information, please download the flyer.

Sidelights and cross-references: 75 years of the Grainger Museum
A floor talk presented by curators Brian Allison and Astrid Krautschneider

Monday 20 May 2013

Grainger Museum curators Brian Allison and Astrid Krautschneider discuss how this landmark exhibition was developed conceptually and highlight some of the stories behind the collection items on display.

Grainger Museum, Gate 13, University of Melbourne
Talk commences at 2:15pm. Admission is free.

Grainger, Melbourne, and the 1890s - Tuesday, 27 November 2012

A free public lecture by Redmond Barry Fellow, Dr David Pear

Collins Street, Melbourne 1890s (photographer unknown)

Percy Grainger always promoted himself as an Australian. But what did he understand that term to mean? He didn’t live in Australia for very long, only from his birth until he was nearly thirteen. While there is little doubt that those years left their impress on the young composer, they were not necessarily formative or definitive. Or were they? What, indeed, were the broader characteristics of Percy Grainger’s life during the early 1890s? How were they—if at all—uniquely Australian? And to what extent do the ambitions of the young Percy harmonize with the reality of the elderly American who died in White Plains Hospital in 1961?

Dr David Pear is the 2012 recipient of the Redmond Barry Fellowship. He is an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Musical Research, School of Advanced Studies, University of London. His research interests and publications mainly address biographical aspects of Percy Grainger, with subsidiary interests in the Edwardian era and its culture, Edvard Grieg, and issues in the education and training of potential orchestral players.

Leigh Scott Room, 1st floor, Baillieu library, University of Melbourne
Lecture begins at 6:00pm

Scotch Strathspey and Reel: the songs and music of Percy Grainger, Edvard Grieg and Frederick Delius
Sunday, 25 November 2012

Featuring Glenn Riddle, piano and Vivien Hamilton, soprano. Photo: Brian Allison

The Grainger Museum's final concert for the year, this program is designed around the musical relationship between three composers: Grainger, Grieg and Delius, who shared a passion for folk music and for the feelings associated with nature – Grieg in particular had a love of mountains, perhaps inspired by his Scottish ancestry. His grandfather Mr Greig (original spelling) left Scotland for Norway after the Battle of Culloden in 1746. This recital features pieces such as Grainger's Scotch Strathspey and Reel, Grieg's Solveig's Song, and Delius's To Daffodils which explore themes of longing, yearning and the adoration of beauty.

For further information about the program and the work of Vivien Hamilton and Glenn Riddle, please download the brochure.

Grainger Museum, near Gate 13 Royal Parade, University of Melbourne
Concert starts at 3.30pm
Adults: $25 Concession: $20

Percy Grainger: Australian Genius of the American Wind Band
Wednesday 14 November 2012

The 15th Band, Coast Artillery Corps, 1918 (Grainger, front row, fifth from right). Click to enlarge.

A Presentation in Words and Music by Chalon L. Ragsdale, Professor of Music The University of Arkansas Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Percy Grainger's enthusiasm for unusual sound sources led him to create unique combinations of instruments for his "large room music" pieces of the early part of the twentieth century. His experiments with the medium of the wind band began in Great Britain in the early years of the 20th century, and continued through the mid 1950s.

What were the characteristics of the American wind band that attracted Percy Grainger to that medium? Did his experiences as a U.S. Army bandsman in 1917 and 1918 shape his attitude and inclination toward the medium? How was he able to maintain a fresh approach to his use of this under-valued sound resource over a fifty-year career as a composer in the wind band medium?

Chalon Ragsdale is an experienced wind band conductor, having rehearsed and conducted much of Percy Grainger's music for the instrumentation of the American wind band. He has also spent the past twenty years arranging the piano and choral music of Grainger for the American wind band.

The presentation will examine Percy Grainger's general thoughts and philosophy regarding orchestration techniques in a broad context, and will examine the progress of Percy Grainger's manipulation and mastery of the wind band medium.

Grainger Museum, near Gate 13, Royal Parade, University of Melbourne
Lecture begins at 6:00pm
Free admission

FREE MUSIC: NOW - Sunday 11 November 2012

FREE MUSIC: NOW will feature Australian visual artists working in a crossover between art and music. Each artist will perform using instruments that they have themselves made. The event will include a performance by The Donkey's Tail of Piece for two music boxes, as well as performances on homemade instruments by Dylan Martorell, Victor Meertens, Rod Cooper and Dale Gorfinkel.

Grainger Museum, near Gate 13, Royal Parade, University of Melbourne
Performances begin at 3:00pm sharp
Adults: $10 Concession: $6

For further program details, please download the brochure

Brigid Burke in Concert - Thursday 25 October 2012

Photo: Brian Allison

Brigid Burke is an Australian clarinetist, composer, video and visual artist who will be performing a program of her compositions that combine Bass and B♭ clarinets, prerecorded sound, video images and manipulated projected images. A highlight of her performance will be Grainger's Bridge, a work that references John H Grainger's bridge over the Yarra River and is a fusion of silent film footage, projected images, musical sampling and improvisations on Bass clarinet.

Brigid has had works performed extensively both nationally and internationally, most recently in the: MONA FOMA Festival, Asian Music Festival, Generative Arts Festivals in Rome and Milan, The Melbourne International Arts Festival, Futura Music Festival in Paris France, the International clarinet festivals in Japan and Canada and Seoul and Australian international computer music festivals.

Grainger Museum, near Gate 13, Royal Parade, University of Melbourne
Concert starts at 7.30pm
Adults: $15; Concession: $10

Please book ahead as numbers are limited.

Please contact Yana Poulos, email [email protected] or telephone 8344 3964 to make a booking.
Payment is required on the day at the door.

Bent Leather Band and the Children of Grainger - Sunday 14 October 2012

Photo: Brian Allison

The Bent Leather Band presents the concert Children of Grainger - a work exploring Percy Grainger’s free music, life and legacy. Grainger’s free music; i.e. ‘music using gliding tones, very small intervals and irregular rhythms’ [Grainger, 1951] is juxtaposed within the context of 21st Century music making. Children of Grainger features solo and duo performances by the Bent Leather Band showcasing their incredible electronic leather instruments including the Light-harp, Serpentine-bassoon and Contra-monster.

The music of Joanne Cannon and Stuart Favilla is unique and bizarre in its approach. Their desire to improvise a new and original music together has developed an approach that considers all aspects of music making. ‘We both play conventional instruments, improvise and compose. We realized early on that we didn't just want to push conventional instruments into new areas. We wanted to use technology, in its own right, not to synthesize existing sounds but to play new sounds. Carrying this approach over into live performance forced us to invent new instruments and this in turn put us in a completely new space within the Australian musical map.’ [Stuart Favilla, Contemporary Music Review, 2006]

Sunday 14 October
Grainger Museum, near Gate 13, Royal Parade, University of Melbourne
Museum opens at 1pm, artists' talk in the museum tutorial room at 2.00pm
Concert begins at 3.30pm

Adults: $15; Concession: $10

Barry Peter Ould: Recollections of the House at 7 Cromwell Place

Monday 10 September 2012

Unknown photographer, New York
Cromwell Place, White Plains in winter.

The house at 7 Cromwell Place, White Plains, NY is nearly 120 years old. Built in 1893 by a descendent of Oliver Cromwell, it became the permanent base for 40 years of the Australian/American composer/pianist Percy Aldridge Grainger. The house although beginning to show signs of aging, remains more or less exactly how it was during the years that Grainger and his Swedish wife, Ella Viola Strom were in residence. Over the years since Grainger's death, it has become the focal point of the International Percy Grainger Society and the Estates of both Percy and Ella Grainger. With photographs showing details of the interior, Barry Peter Ould will base his talk around various aspects of the house as well as introducing some important discoveries made in the house during his visits over the last 4 consecutive years.

For the last 25 years Barry Peter Ould has been Proprietor of Bardic Edition music publishers in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom. He has published extensive editions of Grainger's music. Barry has also had a long association with the International Percy Grainger Society in New York.

Grainger Museum
Gate 13, Royal Parade
University of Melbourne
Monday 10 September from 5:15pm - 6:45pm.
Free admission.

Alexander North: an architectural free spirit - Sunday 16 September 2012

Photograph: Brian Allison

An illustrated lecture by architectural historian, John Maidment.

Alexander North was a close contemporary of the architect and engineer, John Harry Grainger, Percy's father, who is the subject of the Museum's temporary exhibition. Both were born in England in the 1850s where they received their training and later worked in Victoria. North was a prolific and very gifted designer. John Maidment has been researching his work for many years. The presentation will be followed by a tour of Trinity College Chapel, adjacent to the Grainger Museum, which was designed by North and opened in 1916, a building at the pinnacle of the Australian Arts and Crafts movement.

For further details and booking information, please download the brochure

Colin Offord in concert - Sunday 26 August 2012

Known for his invention of musical instruments and his subtle hybridising of musical styles, Colin will be presenting a concert based around text by American/Australian avant-garde poet, Philip Hammial. Colin's singing will be interspersed by abstract vocalising and accompanied by his unique creation, the Great Island Mouthbow – the Museum has recently acquired one of these extraordinary instruments. He will also play wind instruments including windpipes and Chinese double flutes.

For further details and booking information, please download the concert brochure

Jenny Thomas in Concert with Iain Grandage - Sunday 17 June 2012

Photo: Brian Allison


Percy's Hardanger fiddle breathes again

This concert is a rare opportunity to see Jenny M. Thomas focus on the quiet beauty of Scandinavian music as she collaborates with pianist/composer Iain Grandage.

Australian composer Percy Grainger was given a stunning Norwegian Hardanger fiddle which is in the collection of the Grainger Museum at the University of Melbourne, but is rarely played. Melbourne fiddle-singer Jenny M. Thomas discovered this instrument when invited to play the Hardanger fiddle solo with the Auckland Symphony Orchestra for the 'Lord of the Rings' premiere. This traditional instrument has five extra sympathetic ringing strings and elaborate decoration. The sound is ethereal and haunting.

Jenny has performed with Circus Oz, as an Irish fiddle/Norwegian Hardanger soloist with the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, toured Europe giving solo recitals using Carnatic Indian violin techniques and won a Golden Fiddle Award. This will be her second concert at the museum.

For further details about Jenny's career and achievements, see this recent article in Voice, or visit Jenny's website:

Iain's concert schedule takes him from the Australian Art Orchestra to cabaret singer Meow Meow and then to the Black Arm Band project. A multi-award winner, he is currently Composer in Residence with the Youth Orchestra of Australia and is working with the Brodsky Quartet. Together they will perform traditional Norwegian folk pieces, improvisations and new works based on Scandinavian themes. In a nod toward Percy Grainger's own love of traditional music they will also perform works by Grainger on his own instruments. There is an opportunity to explore the dynamic and engaging Grainger collection before the performance.

Lecture: Percy Grainger and the Danish Landscape, Dr Daniel Grimley MA, PhD (Cantab), Tuesday 3 April 2012, Grainger Museum, 5.15p.m. - 6.15p.m.

Denmark had a formative influence on Percy Grainger, both through his sense of self-discovery and also through his growing interest in folk song (especially the work of Evald Tang Kristensen). Grainger's letters and diaries make frequent references to his impressions of the Danish landscape: for Grainger, music, landscape and environment were always closely interlinked. In this lecture, Dr Grimley discussed some of the ways in which Grainger drew on an established tradition of landscape representation in Danish art, literature, and music. Far from being a blank canvas, Denmark offered him a rich and stimulating site for reimagining ideas of music and community that were to become a persistent thread in his creative life.

Dan Grimley is a University Lecturer in Music, Oxford, Tutorial Fellow in Music, Merton College, and Senior Lecturer in Music, University College.

Dan's research interests include music, Landscape, and Cultural Geography; Scandinavian Music (Grieg, Sibelius, Nielsen); English Music (Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Delius); contemporary music and performance. His current research is on Delius and the Sound of Place (for Cambridge UP) and Music, Landscape, and Cultural Geography. He has published monographs on Carl Nielsen and the Idea of Modernism (Boydell, 2010) and Grieg: Landscape, Music and Norwegian Identity (Boydell, 2006), edited volumes on Sibelius and Elgar and presented at international conferences. Dan appears regularly on BBC Radio 3 Music Matters, writes program notes for Edinburgh Festival, Royal Opera House Covent Garden London, Barbican Centre London, Bard Festival and frequently presents pre-concert talks, e.g. BBC Promenade Concerts, Barbican Centre.

Life under a shadow: John Harry Grainger architect and civil engineer, Exhibition Launch, Thursday 8 March 2012, Grainger Museum, 5.00p.m. - 7.30p.m.

Guests at the opening of the exhibition 'Life Under a Shadow: John Harry Grainger Architect and Civil Engineer', 8 March 2012.
Photograph: Brian Allison

Life under a shadow was formally launched on Thursday, 8 March by Professor Philip Goad from the University of Melbourne's Department of Architecture, Building and Planning. Prof. Goad is a highly respected scholar and a prolific writer. He has recently co-edited the Encyclopedia of Australian Architecture (Cambridge University Press, 2011).

TRACINGS: Sound performance and CD launch, Friday 24 February 2012, Grainger Museum, 6.30p.m. - 7.30p.m.

Ros Bandt and Johannes Sistermanns, 'Tracings' CD launch and performance
Photograph: Brian Allison

International sound installation artists Ros Bandt and Johannes S. Sistermanns performed live an engaging dry paper piece and the bilingual duet of Whispering between stars [Melbourne/Frankfurt] 1997, an excerpt of ‘A Global Garden for Percy’ based on Percy Grainger’s free music statement of 1938 at the Grainger Museum. The CD, Tracings, on the German label, which contains the inter - continental satellite piece ‘A Global Garden for Percy’ recorded in 1997 from the Grainger Museum to the Hochschule in Frankfurt where Grainger studied, was launched on the night.

Ros Bandt is an award winning international Australian sound artist who has pioneered sound sculptures, interactive installations and site specific artworks since 1972. She is an electro acoustic composer, performer and improviser, sound installation artist, visual artist and sound culture researcher. Her commissions include the Paris Autumn Festival, International radio stations WDR and ORF and the Benjamin Cohen Prize for Innovation USA. In 2010-11 Ros toured Europe creating works in the Yerebatan cistern, Istanbul, the Venetian fort, Corfu, and performed and recorded with Sonic Blue Red tracings with Johannes.

Johannes S. Sistermanns stages his compositions as electro-acoustics, soundplastic, radiophonic sound play, music theatre and urban environment. Performances, exhibitions, teaching and fellowships take him to Japan, China, Australia, USA and France. Johannes is the 2010-11 Artistic Director of the Academy for Experimental Music Theatre at the European Centre for the Arts Hellerau/Dresden.

A Grainger Bouquet, Friday 21 October 2011, 7.30p.m., Melba Hall. Grainger Museum open late! 1 p.m. - 7 p.m.

On Friday 21 October, the special quality of the Grainger Museum was enjoyed by twilight as the Museum opened late before visitors listened to a concert celebrating the music of Percy Grainger: 

 Melbourne Wind Ensemble, Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Wind Symphony and Melbourne Youth Wind Symphony present A Grainger Bouquet.

Percy Grainger Day, Wednesday 19 October 2011, 11.30 a.m. - 7.00 p.m. (free event)

The Grainger Museum and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (Parkville) hosted an exciting free program of events in this 50th anniversary year (1882–1961), featuring leading Grainger exponent Penelope Thwaites.

Grainger Recital: Ramble on Love, at the Port Fairy Folk Festival, Sunday 16 October 2011, 10.00 a.m., Port Fairy Lecture Hall

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Percy Grainger's death, John Addison and Gabriella Smart celebrated his close friendship with Grieg in this enchanting program for cello and piano. For more information about this performance, please visit the Port Fairy Spring Music Festival’s website.

Perservering with Percy - An Evening with John Amis, Tuesday 11 October 2011, 6.00 - 7.00 p.m. (free event)

British broadcaster, author and critic John Amis presented a free anniversary lecture which drew on his own historic interview with Percy Grainger, on Tuesday 11 October, 6.00 - 7.00 p.m., Leigh Scott Room, First Floor, Baillieu Library.

The Grainger Museum – ‘at home’

The Grainger Museum was invited to join this year’s Melbourne Open House, held on 30 and 31 July 2011.

The program, similar to one developed in London, gives residents and visitors the chance to peek inside buildings of architectural design and interior design significance, or which have recently experienced significant change.

This year 75 buildings were open. Most of these buildings are generally not open to the public but there are a few buildings like the Grainger Museum that were classed as ‘well kept’ secrets: Melbourne Open House gives these buildings exposure.

The Grainger Museum was picked specifically because it was closed for seven years and reopened a little over six months ago, with a completely redesigned interior.

The University also ran tours of the ‘Spot’ building (Economics) and an architectural tour of the campus, the scope of which was developed by Architecture, Building & Planning’s Professor Philip Goad.

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Grainger at the City of London Festival 11-15 July 2011

This year’s City of London Festival (CoLF) was all about Australia and therefore featured plenty of events, lectures and perfomances relating to Percy Grainger!

Exhibition: A Colonial Song? Percy Grainger’s London 1901-1914

Monday 11 July to Friday 15 July 2011, 11:00-5:00

Two Temple Place, London

In 1901, after spending his very earliest years in Australia and Germany, Percy Grainger and his devoted mother, Rose, came to live in the exhilarating London of Edward VII. This boutique exhibition provided a glimpse of the young composer's life during these years and demonstrated just how central he was to the social and artistic life of the Capital.

This exhibition was curated by Dr David Pear with assistance from Grainger Museum Curators Astrid Krautschneider and Brian Allison and the support of the University of Melbourne Library. The works displayed were digitised copies made from original photographs, paintings and drawings selected from the collection of the Grainger Museum at the University of Melbourne.

Further information.

Lecture: Percy Grainger: Musical Gigolo

Monday 11 July, 1:00

Presented by Dr David Pear
Two Temple Place, London

The Australian concert pianist Percy Grainger was popularly regarded as a very handsome man indeed. This, coupled with his virile personality and intimidatingly strong sense of identity, led the press often to dub him 'The Lion of the keyboard' – a not-unwelcome soubriquet. His charm and his good looks, along with his considerable musical talent, gave Grainger entry to the most charmed social circles of the period. Leading artist John Singer Sargent became a dear friend, while Baron Adolph de Meyer created photographic images that were surprisingly erotic for the twentieth century’s first decade. Rudyard Kipling enjoyed Grainger’s dinner conversation — as did Prime Minister Arthur Balfour.  But what else did these socialites — the ‘sparkle-host’ as Grainger called them — see in Percy Grainger? And perhaps more interestingly, what did he see in them? Referring to the exhibition at Two Temple Place (see above), Dr David Pear provided some possible answers to these questions.

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Lecture: Percy Grainger: Australia’s Greatest Composer?

Monday 11 July, 6:00

Presented by Professor Malcolm Gillies
Gresham College, London

We can think of world-leading Australians in sport (Don Bradman), media ownership (Rupert Murdoch) and film (Nicole Kidman). In music, some great performers come to mind, especially female singers (Nellie Melba, Joan Sutherland). But how many people can even name an Australian composer? In his Gresham Lecture, Professor Malcolm Gillies probed this elusive category of greatness. Percy Grainger (1882-1961), the composer of Country Gardens, is often mentioned as a contender. But, despite his birth, was he really Australian, was he primarily a composer, and what was so great about him, anyway?

Professor Malcolm Gillies' speech at Gresham College on Monday 11 July 2011

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Performance: A duo piano programme with Penelope Thwaites and John Lavender

Friday 15 July, 7:30

Two Temple Place, London

This musical odyssey mirrored Percy Grainger’s travels as a solo pianist, collector of folk-music and composer to northern Europe (he was Grieg’s favourite pianist), Britain and finally to the USA: a programme entirely made up of pieces for four hands and two pianos, including five original Grainger pieces and arrangements of works by his contemporaries Grieg and Delius.

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The Consort of Melbourne presents a Grainger Celebration

A concert directed by Peter Tregear with Timothy Young, Anna Carson, Ensemble Liaison, Monash String Sinfonia and musicians from the Australian National Academy of Music at 7:30 on Saturday 2 July at the Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, Melbourne Recital Centre.

The Consort of Melbourne has developed a enviable reputation as a champion of the music of Melbourne's own Percy Grainger. This performance provided a potpourri of Grainger's music in a variety of forms: unaccompanied choir (Australian Up-Country Song), solo viola (Arrival Platform Humlet), solo voice, flute, clarinet and bassoon (Died for Love), five solo voices, choir, two pianos and musical glasses (Tribute to Foster) and much more.  Last year's winner of the Sun Aria Opera competition, Lee Abrahmsen joined us to perform several solos including Shallow Brown and The Power of Love.

Grainger Display at the Melbourne Recital Centre

To parallel the Grainger Celebration concert, two show cases in the Melbourne Recital Centre foyer presented artefacts and documents on loan from the Grainger Museum collection at the University of Melbourne. Included was a manuscript in Grainger’s hand for Arrival Platform Humlet accompanied by a preparatory sketch for the finished work. A manuscript of Grainger’s arrangement of the traditional folksong Bold William Taylor, was displayed alongside an Edison wax cylinder recording of the song made by Grainger in the Lincolnshire countryside. Both compositions were included in the concert.

The Consort of Melbourne also performed Grainger’s Tribute to Foster in which the choristers played ‘water glasses’ – each singer held a drinking glass filled to a calculated level so that when a wet finger stroked the glass rim, a gentle humming was created at a specific pitch. The display included three of Grainger’s original glasses used in his first performance of Tribute to Foster. This was accompanied by a first published edition of the work, the cover of which was designed by Percy Grainger.

Tudor Choristers present Grainger & Friends

A concert directed by Andrew Blackburn at 8:00 on Friday 24 June at the Melbourne Recital Centre Salon.

The performance also included the music of some of Grainger’s contemporaries - Grieg, Vaughan Williams, Holst and Delius.

For more information please see the flyer, visit the Tudor Choristers' web site or find them on Facebook.

Percy Grainger - Warrior for Truth

Music Makers, ABC Classic FM, 12:00 on Sunday 20 and 27 February.

Produced by Peter Taplin, this two-part program included contributions from David Pear, Malcolm Gillies, Kay Dreyfus, Therese Radic, Penelope Thwaites, Barry Ould, Astrid Krautschneider, Brian Allison, John Hopkins, Alessandro Servadei and others.

The Grainger Wind Symphony, conducted by Roland Yeung, presents Australian Made

The Grainger Wind Symphony, conducted by Roland Yeung, presented Australian Made at 8:00 on Saturday 26 February at St Stephen's Anglican Church, Richmond Terrace, Richmond.

Grainger Museum on The Music Show

The Grainger Museum was featured on the ABC Radio National Music Show on Saturday 19 February. From the programme web site you can download a podcast of the programme and view videos of a walk around the Museum with Curator Brian Allison (part 1 and part 2) and a performance of In Dahomey - Cakewalk Smasher by pianist Glen Riddle.

Celebrating Grainger

London, 17-20 February. This festival featured performances of some 120 of Grainger's works over four days of concerts at Kings Place (90 York Way, London) and culminated with a full day seminar at the British Library on 20 February.

Made in Australia, a free concert conducted by Benjamin Northey

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra presented Made in Australia, a free concert conducted by Benjamin Northey at 7:00 on Saturday 19 February at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne.

University of Melbourne Cultural Treasures Day

Sunday 14 November 2010

The Grainger Museum was open all day, from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

The Consort of Melbourne presented To Rend the Heart with Chords: Choral Music by Percy Grainger

2:30–3:30 pm, Melba Hall, Conservatorium of Music, Royal Parade

Conducted by Peter Tregear, with guest artists the virtuoso piano duo of Timothy Young and Anna Carson.

G. W. L. Marshall-Hall: A Symposium

Thursday 11 and Friday 12 November 2010

Further information

Among the collections of the Grainger Museum are the personal papers, scores and scrapbooks of G.W.L. Marshall-Hall (1862–1915), a conductor, composer, critic and the first Ormond Professor of Music at the University of Melbourne. These papers and a precious portrait by Tom Roberts were gathered up by Grainger himself in negotiations with Marshall-Hall’s widow in the 1930s and offer invaluable insights into music in Melbourne around the time of Federation.

On 11 and 12 November 2010 the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music convened a symposium at the Museum dedicated to studies of Marshall-Hall’s music, his conducting, his links with Melbourne bohemians and his association with friends and colleagues including Fritz Hart, Elise Wiedermann, Eduard Scharf, Ernest Moffitt and, of course, Percy Grainger. These provided an up-to-date portrait of the musician who dominated music in Melbourne for 20 years but whose career was continually dogged by controversy.

Thérèse Radic, G.W.L. Marshall-Hall: A biography and catalogue, Melbourne: The Marshall-Hall Trust, 2002, 2010 reprint. Available here for download (pdf 7 Mb) or for purchase from the Melbourne University Bookshop.

ABC Classic FM Breakfast Show at the Grainger Museum

Friday 12 November 2010

Emma Ayres broadcast her ABC Classic FM breakfast show live from the Grainger Museum on Friday 12 November The show featured live interviews and musical performances as well as an abundance of music by Percy Grainger.

The Grainger Museum opened its doors to the public from 7:45am until 9:30am.

Percy Grainger: In His Own Words

A Free Public Lecture presented by Professor Chalon Ragsdale

Thursday 28 October 2010, 5:30 pm, Leigh Scott Room, 1st floor, Baillieu Library

In 1955, Richard Franko Goldman, in an article for The Juilliard Review on Percy Grainger’s Free Music, described Percy Grainger’s dilemma as a composer:

People associate the name Percy Grainger with that appealing piece (Country Gardens). Grainger has a world wide reputation, rather like that of Sousa or of Johann Strauss; each is a genial composer of pleasant music in a specialized vein. To have such a reputation is, undeniably, no sad fate, but in Grainger’s case it is so partial a recognition of artistic accomplishment that one is forced to reflect on the obscurity created by the wrong kind of fame.

Was Percy Grainger simply the arranger of congenial folk tunes like Country Gardens? Percy came to see many topics in a way they had not been viewed previously: the nature of folk song; electronic music; his Free Music; the importance of expanding the concept of orchestration; music education; the importance of the Wind Band; the need to appreciate music of the pre- Bach era; the need to appreciate music of different cultures; and, above all, the need to see through the fallacies of ‘conventional wisdom’. Are these many interests simply the result of an unfocused and undisciplined mind? Or is there an overarching logic to their relationship? Percy Grainger: In his own words sought to put Percy Grainger’s genius into a context that provided a deeper understanding and appreciation of his music.

Visiting Scholar Professor Chalon Ragsdale is director of percussion studies at the University of Arkansas and director of the University of Arkansas Summer music camps.  He is a recipient of the 2003 Grainger Medallion.

Grainger Museum Re-opened Sunday 17 October

The long-anticipated reopening of the Grainger Museum to the public took place on Sunday 17 October at 1:00. Visitors can once again tour the rich and extensive collection that documents the life and times and interests of the remarkable Percy Grainger. The museum's curators have put together a compelling new suite of exhibits that promise to fascinate and intrigue. The Grainger Museum reopened following a period of major works to preserve the historic building and upgrade its facilities for visitors, staff and the collection.

Professor Malcolm Gillies' speech at the reopening ceremony on Friday 15 October 2010

‘Let us sit in wait no longer’: New Directions in Percy Grainger Scholarship, Performance and Interpretation

Saturday 16 October 2010
Tallis Wing, Conservatorium Building, University of Melbourne Parkville campus
Keynote speaker: Grainger scholar and Vice-Chancellor of London Metropolitan University, Professor Malcolm Gillies: 'Grainger: 50 Years On'.

Facing Percy Grainger - Public Programs and Events

A range of public programs accompanied the exhibition that was held at the National Library of Australia, 6 July to 15 October 2006, including a live radio broadcast on ABC Classic FM's breakfast show and a concert in Melbourne.

Facing Percy Grainger - Walk and Talk

From baby photos to Grainger's startling clothing; join Brian Allison co-curator and Astrid Krautschneider assistant curator on a 'walk and talk' through this fascinating exhibition.

Thursday 6 July, 12.30 pm,
National Library Exhibition Gallery

ABC Classic FM 102.3 Breakfast - Live Broadcast

Tune in to Paul Bevan for a special Classic Breakfast live from the National Library. Highlighting Facing Percy Grainger, the show features live music and special guest interviews. Enjoy refreshments in the Foyer at 7.30 am and meet Paul in the Theatre at 8 am.

Friday 21 July

Facing Percy Grainger - Walk and Talk

Learn more about the life of Percy Grainger in this 'walk and talk' led by co-curator Dr David Pear, Humanities Research Centre, ANU.

Wednesday 9 August 12.30 pm, National Library Exhibition Gallery

Grainger in Concert - Live Broadcast

Produced by ABC Classic FM, in association with the National Library of Australia, this Melbourne concert features some of Percy Grainger's popular works.

Saturday 12 August, 8 pm, free
Iwaki Auditorium, ABC Southbank, Melbourne

Concert by Royal Military College Band, Duntroon

Lincolnshire Posy
Room-music: Tit-bits and Beyond
Enjoy Grainger's wind music performed by the RMC Band.

Friday 15 September, 6 pm, National Library Foyer

Concert by Royal Military College Band, Duntroon

Over the Hills and Far Away
A light look at the music of Percy Grainger with the RMC Band, conducted by Major Geoff Grey, CSM.

Sunday 17 September, 3 pm ,
National Library Theatre

Concert - Tuneful Percussion

Explore the world of Percy Grainger with percussionists Gary France and the DRUMatix, from the School of Music , ANU, joined by Professor Malcolm Gillies, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) and exhibition co-curator Dr David Pear.

Sunday 15 October, 6 pm, National Library Foyer
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