Death of Australia’s go-to conductor, 85main
Patrick Thomas, who once held the title of conductor in residence for all the ABC orchestras, has died at 85.
A founder member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra, he conducted hundreds of times across the continent, possibly more than any conductor before or since. In addition to the radio orchestras, he conducted the Australian Opera, the Ballet and the Sydney and Melbourne symphony orchestras.
Abroad, he guested in Moscow, Manchester, Munich and many places beyond.