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Close to the Flame

The life of Stuart Challender

Richard Davis

Close to the Flame
Stuart Challender was the most talented Australian conductor of his generation, acclaimed in his homeland and beginning to build an international career in Europe and America when he died at the age of forty-four.
After twelve years of study and work in European opera houses, he returned home to join Opera Australia. He was taken up by the ABC and appointed artistic director and chief conductor of our leading orchestra, the Sydney Symphony. He was also a great champion of the music of contemporary Australian composers and responsible for the premieres of many important Australian works. Just as invitations to conduct renowned international orchestras began to flow in, Stuart was diagnosed with AIDS.
His final years, as he struggled to continue to make glorious music while disease ravaged his body, and his decision to become Australiaís first celebrity to go public about his condition bring Stuartís story to a moving conclusion. It is an inspiring story of courage in adversity.

Richard Davis is an internationally acclaimed writer specialising in biographies. Close to the Flame: The life of Stuart Challender is the latest in a series devoted to the lives of famous Australian musicians. Previous titles include Wotanís Daughter: The life of Marjorie Lawrence, published by Wakefield Press, and biographies of pianists Geoffrey Parsons and Eileen Joyce. These have enjoyed international critical success and earned Richard the Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge Award for the Arts. Richard is also the author of some lighter books including the popular Great Australian Ghost Stories. He also teaches creative writing.
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Category Arts, Architecture and Design
Format Jacketed hardback
Size 234 x 156 mm
ISBN 9781743054567
Extent 264 pages
Price: AU$45.00 including GST
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