Dr Bill Brooks donates grand piano to Graduate House
Bill Brooks Grand Piano

Dr Bill Brooks donates grand piano to Graduate House

2 years ago

College alumnus Dr William Brooks has generously donated a new grand piano to the St Paul’s College Graduate House, for which the College is immensely grateful.

The new Yamaha C2X mid-sized grand piano will be used by generations of St Paul’s students.

Dr Brooks is an international authority on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and serves as Senior Research Officer at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA). He is also a senior lecturer at UNSW.

Bill Brooks, who was in College in 1974-75, is known in the College community for his love of music and masterly accompaniment of Victoriana! for many years.

Very grateful for the opportunities that College gave him, including in support for the performing arts, Bill’s gift reflects his commitment to hand these opportunities on even better to students of current and future generations.

The new piano will enable students to practise and host musical performances in the Middle Common Room and the Graduate House Refectory in the new McMillan Building, officially opened by the Chancellor of the University in March.

The College and its students are deeply grateful to Dr Brooks for his contribution to College life.

The College’s mid-year appeal will soon be mailed to parents, alumni, and friends of the College. The on-going needs of the College include the completion of the hexagonal multi-purpose performance space, and a new study centre and library under the Third Quadrangle.

With support and partnerships with its community, the College seeks to continue providing the best educational experience possible for its students, and provide opportunities for more students to take advantage of the benefits of collegiate education, including through musical and other cultural activities.


17 April 2019

Pictured: Dr Bill Brooks. Source: NeuRA.

Below: the College takes delivery of the new grand piano, the Dean of Graduate House inspects the piano, the piano in place.