The wonderful Ken Tribe died in Sydney on 16 July at the age of 96. Ken was a Patron of Pinchgut as well as of most of the music organisations in Sydney. The vibrant and vast music scene here has benefited from his help and wisdom over the years. He was very encouraging of Pinchgut from the beginning and Ken & Liz Nielsen (founding folk of Pinchgut) met Ken regularly - we certainly benefited from his support and insight. And Ken & Liz will miss his friendship greatly.
One of my memories of Ken was when I was walking with him inside Paddington Town Hall at the Classical Music Awards about 8 years ago, and he told me about presenting the architecture drawings for the Town Hall to Council some decades before. I remember thinking at the time, that not only was this man involved with nearly every aspect of musical (and others industries’) life in Sydney – but their long histories as well.
We held our Pinchgut Fundraiser last week to great success, and we all had a moment for Ken Tribe on the evening - he attended last year Fundraiser at the Australian Museum, and here he is with Jill Wran at the time.
Ken Tribe was most closely associated with Musica Viva (since 1947), and this Sunday 8 August they are having a celebration of his life at the City Recital Hall Angel Place. I, and many others, are looking forward to helping to celebrate.
Everyone at Pinchgut remembers Ken with great affection and gratitude and we will dedicate this year's production of Haydn's L'anima del filosofo to him.
Photo of the wonderful Ken Tribe and Jill Wran at 2009 Pinchgut Fundraiser. Photo by Bridget Elliot.