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Let’s give a round of applause to concert pianist and music educator Professor Geoffrey Lancaster, who has been appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) in this year’s Australia Day Honours for “distinguished service to the arts, particularly music, through education, performance, research and philanthropy”.

Professor Lancaster has had a long and illustrious career as both a concert pianist and as a master teacher of keyboard. He currently lectures at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Professor Lancaster has received a multitude of awards during a career that has spanned more than four decades. Of this latest accolade he says:

“This recognition affirms the role of teachers, and I am humbled by that.”

“It also validates the importance of the performing arts in the shaping of our national identity through protecting and telling important stories.”

It is heartening to see a musician and teacher of Professor Lancaster’s calibre and passion flying the flag for arts and culture in Western Australia. The work and advocacy of individuals like him are instrumental in enabling regional theatres, including our Cummins, to present musical experiences that bring joy to local audiences – and potentially inspire a new generation of musicians.

Thank you for your service to the arts industry, Professor Lancaster. Please take a bow.


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