The Organ Historical Trust of Australia has instituted the 'Christopher Dearnley Award' to serve as a fitting memorial to its Patron Dr Christopher Dearnley, LVO, who served in the position from 1990 until his death in December 2000. Dr Dearnley strongly supported OHTA's aims and objectives, was a frequent visitor to its annual conferences with his wife Bridget, and made a number of important recordings during his time of retirement in Australia. This followed a distinguished career in England, most notably at St Paul's and Salisbury Cathedrals.
The terms of the award are as follows:
"The 'Christopher Dearnley Award' will be made on a periodic basis for new recordings or the re-release of archival recordings made on Australian pipe organs, or Australian recordings involving a significant local pipe organ component. The Award will be managed by the Council of the Organ Historical Trust of Australia, through its Trust Fund. The Award will be made at the discretion of the Council on the basis of merit and for an amount to be determined by the Council. Prospective applicants will be invited to apply following the placement of advertisements in the Trust's journal and the Award will be announced after a period of deliberation by the Council. Tax-deductible donations to assist in building reserves for the Award can be made through the OHTA Trust Fund."
Donations to The Christopher Dearnley Award can be made as follows:
By cheque made out to The Organ Historical Trust of Australia
By credit card, as follows:
Please print clearly and check legibility and accuracy before sending
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Cheques or credit card details should be sent to:
Organ Historical Trust of Australia
GPO Box 676
Sydney NSW 2001
Please direct all telephone enquiries to Dr Kelvin Hastie (02) 9525 2638.