In mid-February, we celebrated the first of three ‘Meet the Scholars’ occasions: a soirée in Dame Nellie Melba’s own music room at Coombe Cottage in Victoria’s Yarra Valley.

Below: scholars Zoe Drummond, Bronwyn Douglass and Daniel Carison joined together in song, accompanied by repetiteur scholar Jonathan Wilson.

Our host for the afternoon was Dame Nellie Melba’s great-great granddaughter and our Patron, The Hon. Saffron Foster, pictured here with our scholars. L-R: Damian Arnold, Meg Foster (Saffron’s daughter), Daniel Carison, Cleo Lee McGowan, Bronwyn Douglass, Zoe Drummond, Samuel Piper, The Hon. Saffron Foster, Georgia Hall, and Jonathan Wilson seated at the piano.

Scholar Georgia Hall, (recipient of the Harold Blair Opera Scholarship and Mel & Nina Waters Award), pictured below with Toni Lalich and Deborah Cheetham AO.

Scholar Daniel Carison pictured below with Melba Opera Trust Chair Roz Zalewski-Ruskin and her husband Jeremy Ruskin QC, representing the Ruskin Opera Award.

John & Elizabeth Wright-Smith Scholarship recipient, Samuel Piper, with John & Liz.

Our second ‘Meet the Scholars’ event was hosted by our Patrons-in-Chief The Hon. Linda Dessau, Governor of Victoria, and Judge Anthony Howard at Government House Melbourne – an auspicious occasion for our scholars.

Our next appearance was at Kirribilli House, Sydney. We were honoured to have been selected by the Prime Minister’s Office to be one of only fifteen events to be hosted between Kirribilli House and the Lodge this year, as part of the Official Establishments Charity Events Programme.

Scholars captured at Kirribilli House.