Vale Anthony Briggs

Through an unexpected text from a friend, I learned that the funeral of Anthony Briggs (died 14/01/2022 at St Arnaud Hospital) was taking place online from Ballarat this morning. Anthony and I started in the Music Department at La Trobe University in 1978 and later he inspired me to sing in the Astra Choir from 1979-81. After we graduated, my contact with Anthony diminished but I always admired his musical enthusiasm and energy for performance and composition, which I learned today lasted his entire life. As someone who grew up in Melbourne, he seemed to have found his place in regional victoria. His passing brings into focus, a period of academic awakening that for many of us of that under-graduate cohort was life-changing. It is sad to hear that his life has been so unfairly cut short at 62 years due to cancer.