SYDNEY MOZART SOCIETY
The Sydney Mozart Society (www.sydneymozartsociety.com.au) was founded in 1950 by David Worobin for the purpose of presenting and fostering interest in the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and other composers of the Classical and Romantic eras. We do this by presenting an annual season of six chamber music concerts of the highest professional standard, with artists comprising international and Australian leading ensemble players and soloists. In addition, the Society offers prizes at the City of Ryde Eisteddfod and has sponsored a number of fine recordings. It is affiliated with the Mozarteum in Salzburg, the city of Mozart's birth.
The Society is a totally not-for-profit, member-funded, volunteer-operated organization. It is managed by an annually elected Committee of nine Members. The volunteer nature of the Society allows us to offer these high-class concerts at a relatively low cost, and, indeed, music critic Fred Blanks wrote in the Summer Herald "[ . . .] if I may nominate the best-value concert tickets from a major promoter, it would have to be the Sydney Mozart Society".
The Society’s first ventures were small concerts in private homes. When Sydney businessman, Vivian Chalwyn, converted part of his home in Cremorne into a small baroque theatre, the Society moved its operations there and offered more and more ambitious programmes. On two occasions, the Sydney Mozart Society collaborated with the Sydney Musica Viva Younger Group (which also used the Cremorne venue) to produce operas. Later, the Society collaborated with the Australia Ensemble resident at the University of New South Wales in the production of Mozart’s La finta giardiniera.
Music presented in Sydney (and in Australia generally) is abundant and of a very high quality. This is partly due to the impetus provided by Musica Viva Australia, established in the ‘forties by a group of Australians and European immigrants. The Sydney Mozart Society therefore has to match this quality in order to attract its Members and general members of the public. In general, the Society engages the leading musicians and ensembles in the country. Many of our groups are well known overseas and include the Goldner String Quartet, the Australian String Quartet, the former Tankstrteam Quartet (which performed in the Danish Royal wedding), the Flinders Quartet, the Australia Ensemble, TrioZ, the Seraphim Trio, a handful of duos and soloists, and a number of established ensembles made up of voice, strings, wind and keyboard.
In recent years, the Sydney Mozart Society has presented a number of overseas artists. These include the Canadian pianist Anton Kuerti, the Mozart Piano Quartet based in Berlin, the Herold Quartet from Prague, and Malcolm Bilson, the well known expert in the field of early keyboard instruments.
Our concerts are currently held in the attractive Gillian Moore Performing Arts Centre at Pymble Ladies' College, in northern Sydney. The College owns a Steinway grand, which we use in all our concerts requiring a piano.
The current membership of the Society is around four hundred and we attract roughly one hundred non-members to each of our concerts.
SYDNEY MOZART SOCIETY
Founder David Worobin, OAM.
Patrons Donald Hazelwood AO OBE, Lauris Elms AM OBE, Béla Síki
President: Martin Cooper OAM
Vice-President: Dilys Renham
Hon Secretary: Richard Coleman
Hon Treasurer: Dilys Renham
Membership Secretary: Jean Byrne
Artistic Director: Martin Cooper
Technical Officer: Chris Poll
Publicity Officer: Milton Renham
Keyboard Officer: Tony Recsei
Assistant Secretary: Charmain Boyakovsky
Member-at-large: Helen Marcionetti