OUR CHOIR COMMUNITY
WE ARE HONOURED TO HAVE AS OUR PATRONS:
Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery - OAM
Born and raised in the country town of Tamworth, Gordon moved to Sydney when he was 10. He spent 14 years working for the Church as a Youth and Children's Welfare worker before being ordained in 1985.
Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery OAM comes to Wollongong City Council following 15 years as a Minister of The Church on the Mall, located in the centre of Wollongong. Lord Mayor Bradbery has also been a Chaplain to the New South Wales Police, Rural Fire Service, RSL Padre and Administrator of Wollongong Mission of the Uniting Church.
He was also Chairperson of the Lifeline South Coast, a Board member of the former Unanderra Care Services, and an advocate for homeless peoples and for mental health services. He has received a number of awards recognizing his work in the community.
He also holds Bachelor Degrees in Psychology, Sociology and Divinity (University of Sydney) and is a Justice of the Peace.
He is married to Pilar. He has two sons and a granddaughter and lives in Berkeley.
Nada Brissenden - DSCM., LMusA., LRSM. Patron , Collegiate of Specialist Music Educators Co-founder, Suzuki Talent Education Association of Australia
Nada Brissenden, a graduate of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Sydney Teachers' College, has had a most distinguished career as a music educator, pianist, accompanist, choral conductor and teacher.
Her accomplishments include a successful teaching career in NSW high schools, music columnist/critic for the Illawarra Daily Mercury and helping to establish the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music, before taking up a lectureship in Sydney in Special Music Education at Alexander Mackie Teachers' College and Sydney College of Advanced Education. With her husband, the late Harold Brissenden OAM, she was co-founder of Suzuki Talent Education in Australia.
In 1969 Nada met and studied with Dr Shinichi Suzuki and subsequently introduced his piano teaching method to Australia. She is a member of the Piano Committee of the International Suzuki Association, recently working on the new edition of the Suzuki piano teaching repertoire. In demand for master classes, workshops and teacher training here and overseas, she was recently honoured to be a guest lecturer at Shanghai University. Nada continues her work as a piano teacher in her private studio. Further testimony to her work is the number of her students now in successful musical careers in Australia and overseas.
Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Irene Tognetti arrived in Wollongong in 1969 with her husband Keith and three young sons. She found no art gallery, no conservatorium of music, no performing arts centre. Determined that her children would experience a good music education – in which she is still a passionate believer – she enrolled them in the nascent Conservatorium of Music (then a branch of the NSW Conservatorium) when it began operating in 1972 in the Wesley Youth Centre.
Irene became deeply involved in music education with other enthusiastic parents, and has watched her son Richard make music his career, as leader and artistic director of the world-acclaimed Australian Chamber Orchestra. She still follows Sydney Youth Orchestra and the Suzuki method as she is passionate about music education. "It enhances a child's learning," she says, "and it should be every child's right to experience the joy of music."
Besides music, she has been deeply involved in women's issues, in transport safety, in helping save Wollongong Town Hall from demolition, and in environmental issues such as protecting water catchments from CSG and longwall mining. She has recently nominated Dr Helen Caldicott for the Sydney Peace Prize, and is a member of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.
Professor Paul W. Wellings - Vice-Chancellor, University of Wollongong
Professor Wellings took up his position as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wollongong on 1 January 2012. Prior to this, Professor Wellings held the position of Vice-Chancellor at Lancaster University in the UK from 2002 to 2011.
Professor Wellings was born in Nottingham, UK, and educated at Lancaster Royal Grammar School and the universities of London, Durham and East Anglia. He began his career as a NERC Research Fellow and moved to Australia as a research ecologist at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), becoming Chief of the Entomology Division in 1995. From 1997 to 1999 he was Head of the Innovation and Science Division, Department of Industry, Science and Resources, Canberra, and in 1999 he became Deputy Chief Executive of CSIRO.
Professor Wellings has previously been a Director of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research (ACIAR) and the Cumbrian Rural Regeneration Company. In 2006 he was appointed to the board of UUK and Chair of UUK's International European Policy Committee, and a board member of HEFCE and Chair of HEFCE's Research and Innovation Committee. In December 2011 he was appointed to the Board of Trustees of Guangdong University of Foreign Studies (GDUFS), China.
LIFE MEMBERS OF THE ILLAWARRA CHORAL SOCIETY
Our venerable life-members are:
Life Members still singing with us
These members are asterisked on the above list and most are shown in the photograph.