Hugh Davidson Fund promotes Canadian orchestral music

Sean Bickerton BC Director, Canadian Music Centre and Tania Miller, Victoria Symphony Music Director, take to the stage with the Victoria Symphony.

The Victoria Foundation is honoured to hold the Hugh Davidson Fund, established through the will of the late Mr. Hugh Hanson Davidson (May 27, 1930 – July 14, 2014).

Hugh Davidson’s passion for music and his support of contemporary composers and composition has been felt in our community through the private commissions of new works by the Victoria Symphony. This legacy continues through the establishment of the Hugh Davidson Fund. The purpose of this fund is to promote the wide knowledge of, and education in, newly composed Canadian orchestral music – music commissioned or written by Canadian citizens to be performed by an orchestra.

It was Hugh’s vision to aid the public rehearsal, performance and recording of this music by the Victoria Symphony and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.

Mr. Hugh Hanson Davidson (May 27, 1930 – July 14, 2014).

His vision came to light in January and February with performances by both orchestras. Sara Neely, Director of Philanthropic Services, joined Mr. Davidson’s family and friends at each performance.

“It was remarkable to be part of the audience experiencing these two new Canadian works in the presence of the composers and Hugh’s family,” said Neely.

Sean Bickerton, BC Director of the Canadian Music Centre acknowledged the extraordinary contribution to Canadian music by both orchestras through the presentation of an award of Excellence.

The Vancouver Symphony receives an Award of Excellence. In photo: Jeffrey Ryan, Sean Bickerton, Jocelyn Morlock, Bramwell Tovey, Marcus Goddard and Rodney Sharman. Photo by Tom Hudock.