Honours for international musicians
Former Invercargill man Murray Burns' work with Olivia Newton-John and his time as a producer at Abbey Road Studio in London have contributed to him receiving an award in his hometown for work in performing arts.
Also receiving an award yesterday was former Invercargill man Roger McLachlan, a musician and songwriter who played bass for Little River Band, toured South Africa with Cliff Richard and worked on soundtracks for movies such as Crocodile Dundee.
The Civic Theatre Artist's Court Performing Art Awards were presented to the pair in a ceremony at the Invercargill theatre.
Burns attended Southland Boys' High School and is a musician, composer and film score producer.
Receiving his award in front of dozens of people, Burns said he was enjoying visiting Invercargill.
"I'm enjoying coming back to where I started my life, and my musical career," he said.
Burns was involved in forming the band Mi-Sex and at the age of 20 moved to Sydney.
Mi-Sex had several platinum albums and singles that hit the charts. In 1980 Burns was named Rock Australia magazine's keyboard player of the year.
He also formed a production company, Twilight Productions, which specialised in composing music for television.
On regular trips to Invercargill he has held workshops and sits on the board for music and audio at the Southern Institute of Technology.
McLachlan was educated at Invercargill's St George School, Tweedsmuir Intermediate and Southland Boys' High School, but has lived in Melbourne since 1974.
He played with the Melbourne jazz/fusion band Pyramid, which included doing a European tour and appearing at the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1983.
McLachlan has worked with international musicians including Tina Arena, 5th Dimension and Shirley Bassey.
In 1998, he returned to Little River Band and toured America once more.
He has played to more than 100,000 people at numerous AFL finals at the MCG and last year released a solo album, Roger This Roger That.
He plays in a band called Geoff Achison and the Soul Diggers, which has played throughout Australia.
The Civic Theatre awards are held every three years.
Names of the recipients are on tiles that are inserted into the courtyard outside the theatre's east entrance.
ROLL OF HONOUR
2013 Civic Honours Awards Recipients
Thelma Buck: Retiring Invercargill City councillor, former ILT board member, Salvation Army volunteer and advocate for those on low incomes.
Sylvia Gillies: Southland Asthma Society volunteer.
Mick Hesselin: Champion for Invercargill's heritage buildings, president of Anderson Park Art Gallery and former board member of the Southland Museum and Art Gallery.
Tom Sawyer: Sailing mentor, Chamber of Commerce former president, Rotarian, and president of the Kumagaya Friendship Association.
Maureen Smith: Cancer Society volunteer and oncology unit hostess.
Alastair Tait: Rugby stalwart, Rotarian, Mason, president of Bowls Southland executive board, Deacon at First Church and Grey Power committee member.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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