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Meeting Miriam with Celia Craig

A sepia photograph of a woman wearing a pearl necklace.
A sepia photograph of a woman wearing a pearl necklace.

Overview

Join Celia Craig as she presents a lecture on her 2024 Creative Arts Fellowship research on the early life of teenage musical virtuoso and synesthete (seeing colour when playing music) Dr Miriam Hyde.

As a fellow synesthete and musician, Celia feels deeply connected to Miriam’s story and life. Investigating unpublished manuscripts and letters, Celia will use her own lively words to tell the remarkable story of the young woman who sailed halfway across the globe from Australia’s oldest music institution in South Australia on a major scholarship to the Royal College of Music in London.

This research aims to restore Miriam Hyde in public sight from an elderly lady who wrote much loved ‘easy’ exam piano music in Sydney, to the synesthetic virtuoso, visionary student from Adelaide who took London by storm. Celia’s Fellowship will also research manuscripts of arrangements that Hyde dedicated to a mysterious 'Cecelian Trio', for later performance with Craig’s own 'Trio Tarrawatta', whose pianist, Michael Ierace, retraced Miriam’s exact path as an Elder Overseas Scholar almost a century later.

An Associate of the Royal Academy of Music in London since 1997, awarded Exhibitions, Craxton Chamber Music Prize, Advanced and Licentiate Diploma by the UK’s oldest Music Conservatoire, Celia Craig is a neurodiverse classical artist with synesthesia (seeing colour when playing music).

Dates

25 Jul 2024
July 2024
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