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Geoffrey Parsons
, 1972

by Michael Shannon

pastel on paper (image: 69.5 cm x 52.0 cm)

Geoffrey Parsons AO (1930-1999) was a concert accompanist. He studied at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music, settled in London in 1950 and was invited to accompany the lieder singer Gerhard Hüsch in 1955. He soon became known internationally as the accompanist par excellence. Singers with whom he worked include Peter Dawson, Victoria de los Angeles, Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Ruggiero Ricci and Jessye Norman. Parsons made a great number of recordings, and numerous concert tours of Australia for the ABC.

Michael Shannon tended to produce works in series. A collection of his early portrait drawings was amongst the first acquisitions of the National Portrait Gallery.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of Les Rowe 1998
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Accession number: 1998.4