Something for Everyone
Robert Dawe lives at Crafers in the Adelaide Hills with his wife Ann and their cocker spaniel "Molly".
Robert Dawe's affiliations with :
Wesley Uniting Church Kent Town
This is the church where his grandfather, Rev. W.A. Dunn was minister from 1900 to 1903 when President of the Methodist Conference. It was the venue for his first professional concert in 1957, Bach's St. Matthew Passion, performing the roles of Peter, Judas, Pilate and the High Priest, conducted by his father, the late Lewis Dawe. The St. Matthew Passion became one of his favourite oratorios there after and he subsequently became well regarded around Australia singing the role of Christus. He now takes his Prince Alfred College Chapel Choir to Wesley for the two main School services each year - the family service and the carols. The Chapel Choir also performs there frequently at wedding ceremonies It was therefore an obvious choice to record there with the church's organist Mark Symons.
Mark Symons and Robert Dawe attended Prince Alfred College together as students and Mark plays the organ for any school services which are held at Wesley. Mark Symons is Adjunct Associate Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of South Australia. He has been organist and choir master of the Wesley Uniting Church since 1957. He began his organ studies with the late Rolland May and the late James Govenlock, continuing when overseas with Thomas Gascoigne in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire UK. Mark is an associate of the Royal College of Organists.
Wesley Uniting Church Pipe Organ
The present organ, installed in 1898, was built in South Australia by J. E. Dodd and Sons. In 1964 rebuilding was carried out by the Gunstar Organ Works, successor to J. E. Dodd and Sons. It was originally intended that the pipe organ should be completed as a three manual instrument. In order to add the third manual for the centenary of the organ in 1998, a sum of $50,000 has to be raised through donations. The proposed additions will enhance the range of tonal qualities of this very fine organ, one of the best examples of the high quality of organ building achieved in this State almost a century ago.
Prince Alfred College Chapel
Robert Dawe was a student at Prince Alfred College in the early 1950's, following his father, uncles, brother and together with several cousins. He has been voice teacher and choir master since 1991, so it was nice to record in the school chapel.
Anne Adamek - pianist, repetiteur and vocal coach- is a lecturer in vocal repertoire at the Elder Conservatorium of Music and also lectures to accompanists at the Flinders Street School of Music. She has been associated with the ABC since 1960 and performs regularly as an associate artist in broadcasts and recitals for Australian and International singers and instrumentalists. Anne Adamek and Robert Dawe have been associates since the late 1950's. She accompanied many of his voice lessons at the conservatorium when they were both students there. They have appeared together on several occasions including the Barossa Music Festival and the Elder Hall lunch hour concert series.
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