Other Past Awards
Edith Harrhy Award
This award was created in 1979 by Alan Stone to honour the memory of Edith Harrhy, an eminent composer, lyricist, author, poet and pianist who devoted a great deal of her life to the non-professional musical theatre assisting the aspirations of many a budding artist – and hopeful ones too. Based in Melbourne, she devoted many years to the Lyric Light Opera Company as musical director and for which she was held in the highest esteem. A petite figure, she became endeared for her ever present supply of sweets for all and the constant application of the powder-puff both at rehearsal and during performances. She died in Queensland in 1975.
The Award is for outstanding service to the musical theatre, contributed in an honorary capacity.
From 1979 to 1986 this award was presented as part of Free Entertainment in the Park before becoming part of the Guild.
To date the recipients are as follows;
|1979||Val Pagram, Bruce McBrien|
|1986||Harold Burrows, Ernest Shade|
|1989||Nell Wynd, Grant Alley|
|1994||Rod Collier, Peter Torrens|
|2005||Vic Luke, Sue Dyer|
|2006||Bernie Tichbon, Allan Paul|
|2013||Lyn And Jim Muller|
|2017||Bernard & Gemma Hedger|
|2020/2021||Debbie Keyt, Peter Wills|
This award was instigated in 1991, and acknowledges the Musicians whose dedication is paramount and essential to the productions staged by music theatre companies. Whilst in the main their services do not come freely, they subscribe their talent and expertise without which companies virtually could not operate. The all-important rehearsal pianist is normally recruited from amongst their ranks. The award is not granted in recognition of a particular performance but acknowledges the recipient’s years of service or expertise.
|1993||Margaret Boyle, Marcella Peterson|
|1996||Justin Jacobs, Kellie Ryan|
|2002||Jean Arnott, Ian Norris|
|2016||Brian Davis, Sharon Leppard|
|2020||**No Awards run in 2020**|