Conductor John Hopkins, considered a giant in Australian classical music, dies age 86 - Tue, 01 Oct 2013
Hopkins was born in Britain, where he became one of the youngest ever conductors of a BBC orchestra, and later conducted with New Zealand's national orchestra.
He moved to Australia in the 1960s and became the director of music at the ABC.
He then moved on to the school of music at what is now the University of Melbourne Faculty of VCA and MCM.
One of his students, Benjamin Northey, who is now the associate conductor of the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, said Hopkins leaves five daughters and a huge legacy behind.
"He did an enormous amount for community music - the Darwin Symphony Orchestra was started by John and that still exists to this day," Mr Northey said.
"He started an orchestra (at the) Great Barrier Reef, he took orchestral music to parts of South Africa - he just...wanted to make the world a better place through music."
Hopkins was named an Officer of the British Empire in 1970 and this year was made a Member of the Order of Australia.
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