The first music filmclip in Australia, how is it relevant to me?

Virtuoso - A Homage to my Ancestors Album Cover

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The music film clip you just watched wasn’t made to be screened on television. This was years before. It was a little feature, screened before the main film for people going to ‘the pictures’. It was actually one of the first music films in Australia and was first screened in 1931 at the Regent Theatre […]

My Grandfather Milton Parkes – How I chose to play guitar

Milton at Piano with Brothers

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My grandfather Milton Parkes was born March 20, 1907, In Melbourne (Williamstown), Australia. He studied piano under Professor William Laver and Professor Holmwood. He was an extremely able pianist, in demand as a piano accompanist and as a soloist.   He also studied the violin which would have aided his sympathy as an accompanist.   Milton performed […]

My European Musical Heritage

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My European Music Heritage. My great Grandfather Albert Parkes and his three sons Cecil, Kingsley and Milton had a profound effect on the Australian musical scene between 1900 to 1940.  Cecil is the older brother of concert pianist Milton (My grandfather) and youngest brother Violinist Kingsley.   Albert took on the role as their guardian on […]