Words of sadness and admiration are flowing for Ipswich music icon George Hogg OAM who has died aged 86.
He founded the city’s iconic Ipswich Orpheus Chorale in 1969, and served as conductor and musical director for 30 years.
The city’s auditorium in the Ipswich Civic Centre is named after him, as well as the chorale’s headquarters in East Ipswich.
He is being remembered as an incredible talent who made an enormous contribution to the Ipswich arts scene, having been involved in the chorale for more than 50 years.
Mr Hogg was named ‘The Ipswich Advertiser’ Australia Day Citizen of the Year in 1984 and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 1992 for his services to music.
Many of Ipswich singers who learnt under Mr Hogg have taken to social media to pay honour to the “amazing” and “witty” musical genius, and send condolences to his family.