09 February 2016

Richard McIntyre Canberran of the Year, 1986

Richard McIntyre was already a well known and respected bassoonist  when he arrived in Canberra in 1978 to lecture in bassoon at the Canberra School of Music.

He had been involved in the establishment of Sydney Youth Orchestra, so it is understandable that he was soon appointed guest conductor of the Canberra Youth Orchestra (CYO) for their successful 1980 European tour, taking the position as conductor and director in 1981. Richard diversified the CY0's repertoire, focusing initially on late 19th and 20th century composers, particularly Russian, and the lighter classics before taking a bold step into the world of Beethoven and Mozart. The orchestra responded well, and in 1990 won the prestigious youth orchestra prize at the Vienna Festival of Youth and Music as well as the festival prize for the best radio performance. Richard retired as conductor at the end of the 1990 tour.

Further historical detail about the Richard McIntyre is available on our website, as is a history of the Canberra Citizen of the Year Award and a full list of awardees.

The 40th consecutive Canberra Citizen of the Year will be announced by the Chief Minister during Canberra Day Celebrations in March 2016.

Image Source: Source ACT Heritage Library image 006194 Canberra Times Collection.