About

Concerts

The purpose of the Lyrebird Music Society is to promote the playing, development and appreciation of fine music for its members, their guests and the public. We do this primarily by presenting monthly concerts.

These are held monthly on Sundays in the Wyselaskie Auditorium (29 College Crescent, Parkville) starting at 2pm. Our concerts are always of a high standard and feature professional artists, mostly from Melbourne. We serve light refreshments at the end of each concert to give our audience members the opportunity to meet the performers.

Individual concert tickets can be purchased online or at the concert door. We encourage interested concert goers to join the Society at anytime during the year. Membership entitles you to free entry to our regular concerts at an average cost of $10 each. Family and concession membership provide even better value. New members typically receive the benefit of 10 or more concerts for their first subscription. The Society emails concert information to members and other interested parties. 

The Society encourages composers by annually awarding the Lyrebird Commission to a Melbourne based composer. The commissioned work is later presented at a public concert. The commission is generously supported by the Robert Salzer Foundation.

History

The society’s founder, Louise Hanson-Dyer, was born into a wealthy Melbourne family and used her influence in a range of philanthropic causes, both in Australia and in Europe, and had a significant influence on the cultural life of Melbourne. Louise helped establish the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and arranged performances of early music and French baroque music when it was little known in Australia. She was also very active in Alliance Française.

Louise established the British Music Society of Victoria in 1921 as an autonomous local chapter of a parent society in the United Kingdom. This parent body dissolved in 1933 and since then the society has been completely independent. In 2008 the society chose to be known as the Lyrebird Music Society to properly reflect the diversity of music presented at its concerts. The society maintains a link with Louise through her niece, Marion Poynter, our patron.

In 2011, as part of the 90th anniversary year celebrations of the foundation of the Society, a booklet containing a brief history of the Society was produced. The history was written by Mr. John G. B. Perry, a long time committee member and the production was supported by the City of Melbourne through its Arts Grants Program.

Administration

The Society is “not-for-profit” and is registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria under the Associations Incorporation Reform Act 2012. It is administered by an executive Committee of members. Its annual meeting is usually held after the September concert.

If you have any questions about the Society or its concerts, please contact the Secretary.