Bradman’s granddaughter keeping legend’s musical legacy alive

June 29th, 2010 - 2:23 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Jun 29 (ANI): Legendary Sir Donald Bradman, who left a great cricketing legacy behind him, was also a good musician and his musical prowess is now being kept alive by his granddaughter.

Greta Bradman has music in her genes and is more interested in keeping the legend’s legacy as a musician alive.

“He was an avid pianist who played Chopin and was a boy soprano in school. He also had a record collection that ABC Classics has used for the basis for an album of classics and show tunes called Music of the Don,” Greta said.

As one of eight finalists in next weekend’s Mietta Song Recital Award, she grew up in a musical environment. Her school where she learnt piano was in the same street as her grandparents’ home and she would visit them every day, The Age reports.

“I still miss them,” Greta said. Her grandfather’s tour diaries of England in 1930 contain lengthy entries of shows he saw, including a recital by Dame Nellie Melba.

But the soprano has only recently devoted herself to full-time singing, coinciding with a move from Adelaide to Melbourne with her husband and two sons.

“I always had the sense of needing to have a proper job,” Greta said. She is in the final stages of completing a joint master’s degree in clinical psychology and a research PhD in the area of human intelligence at Adelaide University. (ANI)

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