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Honouring Glen Coulton with the gift of music

The late Glen Coulton

When gifted mathematics teacher and passionate music lover Glendon ‘Glen’ Coulton passed away last year, aged 80, friends and colleagues whose lives Glen had touched decided to honour him in a very special way.

A long time Musica Viva subscriber and supporter, Glen had moved from Sydney to Newcastle in the early 2000s and furthered his passion for education through involvement in the local branches of the University of the Third Age. He became a popular musical director, as displayed in his work with a variety of recorder groups and community choirs around Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. Glen was interested in all ‘things’ and would sit listening and talking, believing that one can always learn something from another, and that all people are entitled to contribute to the conversation.

Above all else, Glen valued the importance of sharing music within a community, and it is this passion and belief that we celebrate.

“Glen (Dad) loved music as a way of bringing everyone together, independent of their background, social status or level of education. Despite a lack of formal training, his inherent musicality enabled him to influence and enrich the lives of many people via his various musical pursuits, particularly in his retirement,” says his daughter, Marnie.

When Glen passed away suddenly in 2016, around 35 people, from Sydney to Port Macquarie, who had learnt from and been inspired by his passion for music decided that a gift to the Musica Viva In Schools program was an appropriate memorial for him. In 2017, this gift will be used to support the delivery of our music education programs to schools in the Newcastle region – a fitting tribute that Glen would be proud to be a part of.


Through its renowned national education program, Musica Viva aims to foster an increased enjoyment and understanding of music, provide support for teachers to deliver music education in the classroom, and engage children in live music making – an aspect that is particularly important for students who face barriers to engagement in school life.

With the help of generous individuals such as Glen’s friends, and the support of Port Waratah Coal Services, in 2017, over 3,800 primary school students in the Newcastle region will have access to high quality music education through Musica Viva in Schools.


If you, too, are interested in gifting music to young people and/or honouring a special person through music, please contact Alice Enari 1300 786 186 or aenari@musicaviva.com.au