100th Anniversary Celebration of the Lyrebird Music Society

June 5th Sunday 2022 – Hanson-Dyer Hall, The Ian Potter Southbank Centre 

We are pleased to announce a concert and symposium celebrating the centenary of the Lyrebird Music Society (formerly British Music Society Victorian branch) founded by Louise Hanson-Dyer in 1921, and the unveiling of a new portrait of Hanson-Dyer by artist Andrew Mezei and bronze medallions relating to the history of the Conservatorium by Michael Meszaros, commissioned by the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.


The concert programme has been designed to honour the British Music Society’s programmes of the early twentieth-century century, including English madrigals, French 18th-century airs, and chamber music by Gustav Holst, Peggy Glanville-Hicks and César Franck. It also includes a newly commissioned work by Kate Tempany based on a text by Nettie Palmer, in the spirit of Hanson-Dyer’s support of new music and female composers. Performers include Caroline Almonte, Elizabeth Sellers, Merlyn Quaife, Emily Barber and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music madrigal singers.


The symposium will present Professor Rachel Cowgill (University of York) and Professor Barbara Kelly (Royal Northern College of Music) speaking of the broad reach of the British Music Society in the early twentieth century, and Dr Sarah Kirby focusing on the British Music Society in Australia and Hanson-Dyer’s important role in the Society.


To attend this event please register here.

Schedule and Details

2.00 – 3.30 Lyrebird Music Society (British Music Society) Centenary Concert

3.30 – 4.15 Portrait launch and refreshments 

4.15 – 6.15 Symposium on British Music Society and launch of the Louise Hanson-Dyer and Les Editions de l’Oiseau-Lyre International Research Network


Hanson Dyer Hall – Level 3

The Ian Potter Southbank Centre 

43 Sturt Street 

Southbank, VIC 3006