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Adelaide Symphony Orchestra launches the Miriam Hyde Circle

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Board Chair Kate Gould has announced the launch of The Miriam Hyde Circle, an exciting new ASO initiative, committed to greater representation of female composers – past, present and future – on the stage.

South Australian, Miriam Hyde AO OBE (1913-2005) was one of Australia’s foremost pianists, composers and music educators of the twentieth century. She was a graduate of the Elder Conservatorium of Music, and also attended the Royal College of Music in London. In addition to her orchestral music, she composed over 150 works for piano and 50 songs.

The inaugural chair of The Miriam Hyde Circle is another distinguished South Australian, the Hon. Catherine Branson AC QC.

What is the Miriam Hyde Circle?

The ASO recognises the importance of female composers. The circle is part of the ASO’s inclusive cultural agenda and will celebrate the significant contributions made by women in music while supporting the future of Australian and international female composers.

During ASO’s 2021 Symphony Series, each concert will feature at least one work by a female composer, and Miriam Hyde’s Adelaide Overture will be performed at Symphony Series 3 in July.

Miriam Hyde was in her early 20s and not long back from her studies in London when, in 1936, she created this spirited overture to honour the centenary of the founding of Adelaide – a heart-warming musical celebration of home.

Who was Miriam Hyde?

Dr Miriam Hyde AO OBE, AMUA, LAB, MusBac (Hons), ARCM, LRAM, HonDLitt, HonFMusA, HonFIMT, FCompASMC, HonDipMus, (1913-2005) was one of Australia’s foremost pianists, composers and music educators of the twentieth century. Born in Adelaide, she attended the Elder Conservatorium of Music and the Royal College of Music in London. In 1981 she was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and in 1991 was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO). She was awarded an honorary doctorate by Macquarie University in 1993, and in 2004 received an award for Distinguished Services to Australian Music at the Australasian Performing Right Association and Australian Music Centre Classical Music Awards.

“I feel my music can be a refuge for what beauty and peace can still be omnipresent…the triumph of good over evil. I make no apologies for writing from the heart” – Dr Miriam Hyde. 

Miriam Hyde Circle membership:

An individual can become a member for a minimum of one year, joining a vibrant community committed to supporting the performance of works by female composers throughout history and the commissioning of new work by female composers.

Memberships can be started anytime throughout the year, and monthly payment options can be arranged by contacting ASO’s Senior Manager Development, Annemarie Kohn, on 08 8233 6263 or kohna@aso.com.au.

  • One-year Membership $2,000 (tax-deductible component of $1,850)
  • Two-year Membership $4,000 (tax-deductible component of $3,700)
  • Three-year Membership $6,000 (tax-deductible component of $5,550)

Miriam Hyde Circle Members are recognised on the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra website and in concert programs.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra website.

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