2015 marks the centenary of Nancy Weir’s birth, one of the most prolific and extraordinary musicians of the last century, and a beloved teacher at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. Over her illustrious career, and for almost twenty years, Nancy guided the musical journey of hundreds of students at the Conservatorium.
About Nancy Weir
Nancy Weir’s musical legend began at the age of only 13 when she quickly rose to international prominence. She was described as having the best musical ear since Mozart. Not only was Nancy a musical prodigy, she also served in World War Two as a British spy.
Nancy Weir’s life and accomplishments are as legendary as they are important to the world of classical music. As brilliant as she was brave, she remains an inspiration and a national treasure.
To mark the centenary of her birth QCGU has recognised Nancy through a special performance featuring her former students and naming a studio on the South Bank campus in her honour.
The Nancy Weir Appeal
Nancy was a brilliant and brave individual, with an astonishing lived story. This story was recorded and documented in 1990 through a short documentary on her life. This documentary, and a large amount of audio and video recordings collected for the project are currently housed at the Griffith Archive.
The Queensland Conservatorium intends to build on this documentary work, begun almost 25 years ago. It is our plan to digitise the previously recorded content so that it is compatible with today’s presentation technology and to produce a new full-length documentary.
This project will not only pay tribute to Nancy Weir today, but will also provide rich new content for the Griffith Archive Collection and website for the enjoyment of future generations.
The cost of digitising this collection is $25,000. Griffith University has committed to match dollar for dollar all funds raised to reach our target.
Please donate to this very special legacy project. Every donation of $2.00 and over is tax deductible and will help honour Nancy Weir’s amazing contribution to classical music and keep her memory alive for future generations.
The Promoter of this Appeal is the Director, Development and Alumni Office, Griffith University pursuant to Sanction Number CP5701.