Sunday, June 07, 2015

Congratulations Denis Walter

Queen’s Birthday Honours 2015: Denis Walter awarded a Medal of the Order of

·         ANDREW JEFFERSON   HERALD SUN   JUNE 08, 2015 12:00AM
AS one of regional Victoria’s most recognisable faces and now the voice of Melbourne’s afternoon airwaves, Denis Walter needs little introduction.
Walter has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for service to the performing arts as a singer and entertainer, and to the broadcast media. Host of 3AW Afternoons since 2008, Walter previously presented the regional news on WIN for 16 years and before that, the weather on Channel Nine.
Now aged 60, Walter shows no signs of slowing down after 45 years in the media business. “Retirement is not something I think about. My father was still working at 87,” he said. “I’ve always wanted to do my singing, talk radio and television news so those three have happened.’’

His music career has lasted more than 40 years and he has recorded 16 albums to date. Walter said he felt “humbled and reflective” by the award. “I’m not someone who thinks about the past, I’m constantly thinking about the future,” he said.

Two more honours for Geelong singers - Cheryl Barker and Peter Coleman-Wright
Peter is half of Geelong’s superstar operatic duo with his  wife, Cheryl Barker. She appears further along in our Hall of Fame. Peter’s the baritone of the pair. As a matter of fact, he’s one of the world’s leading baritones across all platforms,   opera, concert and recital. Peter and Cheryl have performed leading roles for the world’s  opera companies for more than 20 years, and just as Cheryl is regarded as the current definitive Madam Butterfly, Peter is the world’s first choice to play Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd. He was also an acclaimed  Figaro in the Jonathan Miller production of The Barber of Seville making him officially at the cutting edge of operatic singing.


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