Willgoss Instrumental Prizes

The Willgoss Instrumental Prizes in 2019 awarded a $1000 prize to the best student instrumentalist in each of the UNSW Wind Symphony and the UNSW Orchestra, selected through demonstration of a high level of commitment, performance and ensemble contribution, and being a current student of UNSW. In addition, a further prize of $250 was awarded to a member of each ensemble in 2019, with the same criteria but without the requirement of being a current UNSW student. This provided the opportunity to acknowledge the considerable contribution of those in the instrumental program of UNSW who are from the broader UNSW community as well as those who are current students.

In 2018, Richard and Sue Willgoss extended their support of prizes in the Music Performance Unit to establish the Willgoss Instrumental Prizes. These prizes were again awarded in 2019, including a primary prize and a highly commended prize for each of the UNSW Wind Symphony and UNSW Orchestra.

2019 Awards

Willgoss Instrumental Prize | UNSW Orchestra - To Fan

Willgoss Instrumental Prize | UNSW Wind Symphony - Ben Curry-Hyde

Highly Commended | UNSW Orchestra - Gabrielle Lee

Highly Commended | UNSW Wind Symphony - Ryan Shofner


2018 Awards

Willgoss Instrumental Prize | UNSW Orchestra - Jason Kong

Willgoss Instrumental Prize | UNSW Wind Symphony - Alexander Woof

Highly Commended | UNSW Orchestra - Sarah Wang

Highly Commended | UNSW Wind Symphony - Christian Sherlock


Richard Willgoss was a member of staff of the School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at UNSW for thirty years, and continued on as a Visiting Fellow for several years while undertaking a Bachelor of Music at UNSW. As an undergraduate music student, Richard joined the chamber choir, the Burgundian Consort, and has remained a member for over ten years. During his time with the Burgundian Consort, Richard has specially written some delightful and comedic works for inclusion in the choir’s annual evening recital, and has shown great fondness for his fellow singers. He continued with postgraduate music studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, but has remained a most loyal member of the Burgundian Consort at UNSW.

Richard Willgoss


The thanks of all involved in the UNSW Instrumental Program are extended to Sue and Richard Willgoss for their support and generosity, and acknowledgement of the value of music to the UNSW campus community.