MR. LEWIS PLUMRIDGE B.Mus., B. Ed. (Melb.)
Lewis Plumridge was born in Melbourne. He attended Mentone and Trinity Grammar Schools and the Conservatorium of Music, University of Melbourne, where, as part of his degree, he studied piano with the late Roy Shepherd.
As a National Serviceman he played clarinet for two years in the Band of the Royal Military College, Duntroon, Canberra and was Organist in the Chapel, frequently playing for the funerals of servicemen killed in Vietnam.
Upon completion of Military Service, Lewis became Director of Music at Trinity Grammar School, Kew, for 4 years.
He has been pianist for his wife, soprano Carole McKenzie and together they moved to London where they lived and worked for five years. Lewis became Head of Music at Whitmore High School in Harrow, teaching music, putting on musicals and conducting the Choir, Orchestra and a fine Brass Band. He toured Southern England and Denmark with the band, playing a memorable concert at Legoland in Denmark. He was also Organist and Choirmaster at St. Gabriel’s Church of England, Cricklewood.
Upon returning to Australia in 1982 Lewis became Director of Music at Mentone Grammar School, where he remained for 27 years. He ran a large Music Department of Instrumental Staff, taught Music to VCE level, trained the Choir, Orchestra and various ensembles and put on many musicals, concerts and Carols Services (at St. Paul’s Cathedral).
Concurrently, he was (and is) a Piano Examiner for the AMEB and Organist and Choirmaster at St. Peter’s Anglican Church, Box Hill.
Since retiring from MGS he has adjudicated many Eisteddfods and Piano Competitions and examines in Metropolitan and Country areas for the AMEB.
He is often invited to adjudicate schools’ Scholarship candidates and music competitions.
Lewis loves hearing and encouraging young people who share with him the joy of music.