Father Ivan's influence felt through music festival

IN Father Ivan Page’s last months, he worked with the Early Arts Guild of Victoria to develop a concert series devoted to early historic music.

The Quarry Hill priest in the Sandhurst Diocese died suddenly on September 7, but not before he had planted the seed of the Autumn Early Music in Sacred Heart Cathedral music festival.

Sacred Heart Cathedral and the Early Arts Guild have continued to develop the project and will host three concerts of baroque and medieval music over three months starting from March 3 this year.

To further mark his influence on the beginnings of the festival, the Autumn Early Music series will became an annual event staged to honour the memory of Fr Page.

Early Music Consort of Melbourne leader Helga Hill has taken on the role as artistic director for the series, which has been funded by the J. J. Gardiner Trust.

Early Arts Guild of Victoria Mark Hill said Fr Page’s influence on the festival was still strongly felt.

“He was involved in all the planning up to the choice of artist, dates; the whole thing,” he said.

“It’s really as he planned it.”

Mr Hill said Fr Page was a passionate lover of music, especially from the medieval and renaissance period.

“He was certainly very interested in classical music and early music, which is defined as Bach and before.

“He had wide experience of music and was very happy about what we had planned.”

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