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VALE Prof. John HOPKINS OBE R.I.P.
THE AUSTRALIAN MUSIC INDUSTRY OWES HIM MORE THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE!

Yesterday I received the very sad news of his passing away. The Australian Music Industry owes him much more than it gave him credit for especially in the last few years! He helped launch many successful careers and for me personally he was the maker of my success as flute teacher and performer and ultimately responsible for the success of my own students and "grand-students" many of whom are now in leading positions in Australia and in many other countries. He started a brilliant institution from scratch (The Victorian College of the Arts) which has produced a very large proportion of the musicians of several generations. It was his great talent to allow his staff to do what they were best at and used this with great wisdom to the ultimate success of all involved. It is a great pity that those who succeeded him did not have any such wisdom and managed (with the help of the politicians and musically illiterate papershufflers) to practically destroy the brick and mortar part of his achievement. Yet the effects of his educational genius are all around us in those who were lucky enough to have worked with him or studied under his guidance. We, who lovingly call him "Hopi", are mourning one the most important drivers of Australias musical culture since Nelly Melba. Let us try to save as much of his legacy as possible and make Australia a nation of culture with more great music, less noise but full of artistic excellence and innovation!

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