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Farewell Dr Robert Boughen




The End of an Era.

The evening of 24 February last, marked the end of an era with the passing of Dr Boughen. The world has lost a man of immense talent, unique personality, and whose achievements could be equalled by very few.

As a musician he was extraordinarily talented, a high profile organist both as a very long standing cathedral organist and also as a concert organist who could draw a full house to be entertained by his talent and wit. he was also a teacher, composer and arranger, university lecturer, television presenter, musical examiner, consultant, and a fine jazz pianist.

As the St Johns Cathedral organist and the Brisbane City Organist for many years, he leaves an indelible memory in the musical world of the city of Brisbane. This was indeed recognised many times in his regular organ recitals in the Cathedral and the Brisbane City Hall, and a tribute was paid to his service in the award of City Organist Emeritus by the Lord Mayor in 2010. See photograph.

Then there was Robert Boughen's love of aviation, a passion that never diminished, after he qualified as an RAAF pilot. Even years later when he took a flight in an old Tiger Moth biplane, the pilot in command hardly touched the controls as Dr Boughen relived his flying experiences. His smile afterwards also confirmed how much he enjoyed it.

Your President has written to the Boughen family on behalf of the OSQ extending our condolences, This communication was warmly and gratefully received.

On Saturday 20 April 2024 a Boughen Memorial Concert will take place in St Stephens Cathedral in Brisbane to celebrate the lives of Dr Boughen (OSQ co-founder in 1951, and Life Member) and his wife Christina Boughen, who also had a sterling musical career). Further details in this website's Events Calendar.

Robert Boughen has left many legacies, had prescient ideas over many decades, and was forthright in communicating his knowledge and ideas, as his many audience members will attest. As co-founder of the OSQ his passing has a special poignance for us, and it is the intention of the OSQ Committee to mark his musical life in some significant way. Please put your thoughts and suggestions to the committee so that we may celebrate his legacy.

Vale Dr Robert Keith Boughen. May you rest in peace and enjoy the music and the skies.

Peter Robinson

OSQ President.


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