Gifford, Helen (Margaret)
- Thérèse Radic
(b Melbourne, Australia, Sept 5, 1935). Australian composer. Educated at Tintern Junior School and Melbourne Girls Grammar, she studied with the pianist Roy Shepherd and the composer Dorian Le Gallienne at the Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne, with the assistance of a Commonwealth Scholarship, graduating BMus in 1958. In that year her second work, Fantasy for flute and piano, had its first performance and broadcast, in the Netherlands. In 1964 her Phantasma for string orchestra was chosen by the Australian jury for submission to the ISCM Festival, Copenhagen. She won the Dorian Le Gallienne Award for composition in 1965, writing a string quartet performed at the 1966 Adelaide Festival as her first commission. Two large-scale orchestral works, Chimaera (1967) and Imperium (1969), were recorded by the ABC. The latter work was performed by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra conducted by the composer Keith Humble in November that year. In ...