Sunday, November 15, 2009


Members of the Critics’ Circle who participated in sponsoring a concert at the 2009 Canberra International Music Festival in memory of the late Bernadette Cruise will be pleased to hear that the excess funds raised for this sponsorship have been used to purchase her musical book collection for presentation to a library in Canberra in her name.

Cruise, a long-time music writer and former member of the Canberra Critics’ Circle, died early this year after a lifetime of dedication to music, seen in her 10 volumes of musical vignettes about Canberra musicians and published by Ginninderra Press.

On Sunday November 15 I visited the Collector Gallery and Bookshop with Jill Downer from Early Music Enterprises and Professor and Mrs Doug Kelly to make the selection of works acquired by the bookshop at auction. We were able to purchase most of her considerable reference collection and are now seeking a library that will accept this collection under her name.

Helen Musa