Interview with Lois Simpson, cellist / interviewer, John Holmes

Simpson, Lois, 1927-


2 audiotape reels ; 10 in. +.
Simpson talks about her family background; musical upbringing and coming to Australia in 1938 to continue in music. She then discusses training at the Sydney Conservatorium; playing with the Conservatorium orchestra, ABC orcestra and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra. Simpson then talks about the influence of Robert Pikler and Eugene Ormandy and her memories of Suskind and Musica Viva. She then talks about being asked by Goossens to join the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and describes his influence and relationship with the orchestra and the nature of rehearsals as well as his musical strengths. She also describes the reactions she encountered as a woman cellist. Simpson then gives her views on Stravinsky as a conductor; Joe Post; Dean Dixon and his relationship with the orchestra.
Corrected transcript available (typescript, 40 leaves).
Working duplicate and cassette copies made.
Access open for research; written permission required for personal copies and public use during the lifetime of the interviewee.
Recorded on Mar. 23, 1990 in Canberra.

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