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Contribution to cultural life of the city through orchestra

Luka Kauzlaric

The 2016 Brisbane Lord Mayor's Australia Day Cultural/Arts Award honoured Denis Madigan.

DENIS Madigan has made an extraordinary contribution to the cultural life of Brisbane in his role as president of the Kelvin Grove Wind Orchestra (KGWO) for nearly 20 years. Having been President of KGWO for the entirety of its lifespan, Denis is literally the heart and soul of the group. As a result of his leadership, the KGWO has provided more than 240 amateur musicians with the opportunity to experience the sheer pleasure of playing in a community orchestra and forged lasting friendships with like-minded members of the community.

With his vast knowledge of music, Denis has produced a themed concert three times each year, not only selecting the works to be performed but also engaging concert guest artists from within the local area. These include up-and-coming singers and instrumentalists as well as community choirs and dance groups. In addition to his role as president, Denis volunteers his time building sets for performances, taking official photography and acting as the orchestra librarian.

Additionally, the KGWO Committee, under Denis' leadership, supports many organisations and music groups.

"There can be few volunteers who have had such a positive and quantifiable impact upon so many in the Brisbane arts/cultural scene as a result of Denis Madigan's guidance of the KGWO for nearly 20 years." - Nominator

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