Along with a number of Club members and their husbands I have recently returned from the 2019 IALC Congress hosted by the Stockholm Lyceum Club. Our hosts had arranged an excellent variety of speakers who covered topics from the built heritage of Stockholm to the selection of the Nobel Laureate in Literature. Our opening and closing evenings were hosted in the spectacular surrounds of the House of Nobility and the Vasa Museum respectively and, as always, the home hospitality provided by members of the Stockholm Lyceum Club was an absolute highlight. We also thoroughly enjoyed well-planned tours
of Dalarna and Gotland pre and post Congress.
We have some most enjoyable Club events coming up this month, including our annual children’s party. I would particularly like to commend the Cocktail Party on Tuesday, 30 July to celebrate the Shirley Roberts-Nelson Bequest which was a significant contributor to the building of our new Dining Floor. The Members’ dining section is to be named in her honour and Dr Harold Fabrikant, an associate of Shirley’s, as well as Club member Judith Harley, will be speaking about Shirley’s life and work.
Annita Robson has generously agreed to assume the role of Co-ordinator of the Reading Circles and we thank her for undertaking this important role. We currently have 15 Reading Circles and that number continues to grow.
Our Artist in Residence, Deborah Cheetham AO, had a huge month in June. Along with the highly successful premiere of her moving and beautiful Requiem for Peace Eumeralla, performed with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music,
the Melbourne Youth Orchestra, Melbourne Symphony Chorus and the Dhungala Children’s Choir, Deborah received the prestigious Sir Bernard Heinze Memorial Award which is awarded annually by The University of Melbourne and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra to recognize outstanding contributions to Australian music. To round off an outstanding month, Deborah’s partner, and General Manager of Short Black Opera, Toni Lalich, was awarded a Medal (OAM) in the General Division for service to the performing arts, particularly music.
As the cold of winter settles over Melbourne the Club continues to offer warm and generous hospitality to members and guests and I hope you will take full advantage of all we have to offer.