EVENT: BOOK TALK Madame Mallalieu: An inspiring Musician and her legacy for queensland by Peter Roennfeldt

Queer Readers is proud to have Peter Roennfeldt speak at our November Meeting, on Monday 16th at 6.30 pm. This will be held at our regular venue in the New Farm Library Meeting Room.

Wine and cheese. Please RSVP TO Robert by the 12th of November to qreaders@gmail.com

Henrietta née Percival (1842-1938), known in her adopted home of Brisbane firstly as Madame Mallalieu, and later as Mrs Willmore, was one of Queensland’s greatest musicians. Well known for her chamber music and solo piano performances across a 60-year career, she was also ‘undeterred by popular prejudice’ in becoming the colony’s leading female organist, and was closely associated with the Willis pipe organ which is now the cultural showpiece of Brisbane City Hall. In recognition of her advocacy for women’s political and social rights, the Willmore Discussion Club, which was formed in her honour, commissioned the Willmore Memorial Chair for Women’s College at the University of Queensland. Her wartime charitable work was also recognised by the King of Belgium. Henrietta’s legacy lived on, notably through her family’s bequest of their Toowong home as a female music students’ hostel, known as QCWA’s Mallalieu Home. This book celebrates Madame Mallalieu’s family, career, home and legacy.

Published in Brisbane in 2015 by CopyRight Publishing – www.copyright.net.au

ISBN 978-1921452253 310 pages, 153mm X 235 mm Hard cover, over 50 full gloss illustrations, fully indexed

Order online from the publisher$44 (GST inclusive) plus $5.50 handling & postage within Australia

Professor Peter Roennfeldt is a true champion of Queensland’s musical heritage. His passion for research into aspects of local cultural history commenced while completing his Honours thesis at the University of Queensland in the late 1970s. In recent years he has published and lectured on the contributions of various eminent Queensland musicians, the development of local chamber music and composition, and also the historical significance of several cultural buildings.

Peter’s book on the history of Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University, Northern Lyrebird, appeared in 2012 following his 7-year tenure as its Director. Since the mid-1980s has been a staff member of the Conservatorium, teaching courses in music history and related areas. As a pianist Peter performs regularly in chamber music ensembles, particularly with period instruments of the 18th and 19th centuries, while in the past he has been soloist and principal player with various Queensland orchestras. For many years he was also active as a choral director. Peter’s latest book combines his broad interest in local cultural history with a particular focus upon the careers and families of significant earlier musicians, the buildings in which they lived and worked, and the performance traditions they helped to create.


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