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The Lodge of the Golden Fleece meets at East Melbourne on the second Friday of February, March, May, July, September and November.
Flute player and renowned flute teacher
Leslie Barklamb was described by many as "The Father of the Flute" in Australia. His life and work as performer, teacher and examiner spanned many decades, from his performances with Nellie Melba to his close association in recent decades with artists like Jean Pierre Rampal and James Galway.
As principal flute player with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, he established the Orchestra Committee, was Chairman for 25 years and totally committed to his vocation. He started the Provident Fund, was the Union Steward and was caring of his colleagues.
As Senior Tutor, Lecturer and Examiner of Flute at the Melbourne University Conservatorium of Music, he inspired a love of music in countless students and extolled the virtues of regular and frequent practise as well as dogged perseverance. He devised the first Flute Syllabus for the Australian Music Examinations Board. The Leslie Barklamb Flute Award for exceptional performance skills was established by a subscription appeal to acknowledge his contribution to the Australian Music Examinations Board.
Les was a man of vision, and the establishment of the Victorian Flute Guild in 1969 was the realisation of one of his visions. As a tribute to the skills and dedication of its founder, the Leslie Barklamb Scholarship was established in 1973.
His rich and fulfilling life included included appointment as a Life Elder of his Church, involvement in the Scouting Movement, membership of the Savage Club (66 years), and his long association with Freemasonry (63 years). He was a member of The Lodge of the Golden Fleece and conducted the supper orchestra on many occasions.
A Tribute, in Words and Music, to the life and work of Leslie Raymond Barklamb, took place at Melba Hall on Sunday, 10th October 1993 at 3.00 p.m. His many friends and colleagues paid a special tribute to the Founder and Life Governor of the Victorian Flute Guild, to one who was a consumate artist, teacher and friend to all.
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