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From NECOM Director, Russell Bauer

Welcome back to all NECOM families and friends! As you read this, 2018 is already one-sixth over. In fact, 2020 is barely 16,000 hours away (it’s true, do the sums). I point this out to emphasise the fact that time is passing by rapidly. Stepping into my time-machine, I can see that by the last day of 2018 NECOM will have again hosted the nationally-recognised “New England Sings” in October. Opera Australia will have completed a successful tour of Puccini’s incomparable “Madame Butterfly” in August. Armidale audiences will have delighted to the sounds of Karin Schaupp and Umberto Clerici in April (tickets selling fast), Richard Gill and the stunning Sydney Chamber Choir in May, and the wonderful Goldner Quartet in November. Eisteddfods will have come and gone; so too Winter Choral Concerts, Foundation Concerts, and the Junior Orchestra Workshop. The Armidale Youth Orchestra will have turned 50 in August, having presented another Garden Party in April. 2018 will also see the birth of our new Percussion Program, and a greater NECOM presence in the annual Autumn Festival…
 
…and here we are with the Ides of March fast approaching; there’s no time to waste! We look forward to having you join us on another wonderful musical journey, and we thank you in advance for your support of all that we do here at NECOM. Now, where did I leave that DeLorean?

Mr Russell Bauer
Director

 
 
IN THIS EDITION - February Newsletter
 
 
Vocal Masterclass with Hannah Fraser
Traditional Jazz at NECOM
Introducing NECOM's New Music Therapist
ABC Radio Broadcast
Autumn Festival
Introducing Jhana Allan
Percussion Classes at NECOM
Mini Bass Program
Masterclasses with Ben Castle at AYO Music Camp
Congratulations Annika
2018 Concert Series
What's On
Instruments for Sale
NECOM Contact Numbers
 
 
Vocal Masterclass with Hannah Fraser
 

Masterclasses offer regional students at NECOM the chance to learn from the most notable music professionals in Australia. As young musicians they can make connections and build networks with major leaders in the music industry through these masterclasses and this is invaluable for their future studies and opportunities. Read more.

 
Traditional Jazz at NECOM
 
Art-lovers were treated to an hour of traditional New Orleans-style jazz recently, courtesy of NECOM’s newest ensemble, “The Dixie Six”. The concert event was attended by almost 100 patrons at NERAM’s unveiling of the Howard Hinton Collection, and represents the first collaboration between NECOM and NERAM in terms of a combined “performance exhibition”. Read more
 
Introducing NECOM's New Music Therapist
 
I spent some time working as part of the medical staff in a pharmacy. While there I thought I would like to help people in a different way. I made the decision to change my career and came to Australia to study Music Therapy.​ Read more
 
ABC Radio Broadcast
 
NECOM recently welcomed Kelly Fuller and the team from ABC New England Northwest (Tamworth) as they set up a makeshift studio in NECOM on 22 February. Broadcasting live from one of our main performance rooms, listeners were able to hear live interviews and performances from many of NECOM’s students and teachers. Read more
 
Autumn Festival
 
In conjunction with the Armidale Regional Council, NECOM is proud to present an evening of entertainment on Friday 16 March to launch this year’s “Autumn Festival”. From 6 – 9pm patrons can enjoy a wide variety of musical styles performed in a large marquee set up in Curtis Park.  Read more
 
Introducing Jhana Allan
 

Originally hailing from Armidale, Jhana Allan studied a Bachelor of Music at the University of Tasmania, learning from TSO concert master Jun Yi Ma. She then went on to study Honours at Melbourne Conservatorium with Sarah Curro. She has played with the Australian Youth Orchestra, the ANAM Orchestra, the Tasmanian Discovery Orchestra, the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, and the Melbourne Metropolitan Sinfonietta.

Read more

 
Percussion Classes at NECOM
 

With the same fervour that usually greets the arrival of a new-born baby, we were thrilled to unpack a range of new percussion instruments at NECOM this week.

Read more
 
Mini Bass Program
 
The Mini Bass Program has kicked off to a great start with 8 brave new students learning not only how to play the Double Bass but learning how to pack it, carry it and move around it. The Mini Bass Ensemble has seen students learn the principles of bowing, plucking across a multitude of genres from classical, blues, jazz and salsa with the accompaniment skills and ensemble experience of Mr Warwick Dunham. Read more.
 
Masterclasses with Ben Castle at AYO Music Camp
 

NECOM in conjunction with the Armidale Youth Orchestra hosted workshops for some of our scholarship students with violinist Ben Castle whilst he was in Sawtell for the AYO camp on the weekend of the 23rd-25th February. Read more.

 
Congratulations Annika
 
Congratulations to Annika McGushin-Deak on receiving her AMusA in piano with Distinction!A result such as this for someone so young is extremely rare, and speaks to both Annika's musical maturity and the exemplary preparation from her teacher, Mrs Robyn Driscoll. The diploma is awarded by examination to outstanding candidates in the fields of musical performance and music theory by the AMEB. The examiners commented on Annika's engaging performance and her clear understanding of the different styles of piano playing from Baroque to Twentieth century. Well done on your distinction and outstanding achievement, Annika!
 
 
2018 Concert Series
 
Whats on
Karin Schaupp & Umbert Clerici
 
Where: Armidale Town Hall
When: Thursday 5 April 7:00 pm
Tickets: Adults $45, Pensioners $35, Students $25
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/TDGU
In 2018 they continue their critically acclaimed collaboration with a programme exploring song throughout the ages. From gentle Spanish lullabies to fiery contemporary works, from Schubert to De Falla, Clerici and Schaupp reinvent beautiful melodies with lush accompaniments for the unique and intoxicating combination of cello and guitar.
 
Richard Gill & Sydney Chamber Choir
 
Where: Lazenby Hall, UNE
When: Thursday 3 May 7:00pm
Cost: Adults $45, Pensioners $35, Students $25
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/TDGY
Join Sydney Chamber Choir on a musical journey into the heart of beauty. The human voice is the most expressive of all instruments, and this concert features some of the great masters of choral writing
 
Goldner Quartet
 
Where: Armidale Town Hall
When: Thursday 8 November 7:00pm
Cost: Adults $45, Pensioners $35, Students $25
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/TDHC
Approaching their 25th anniversary in 2020, Australia’s premier string quartet remain in demand internationally as performers and recording artists. With no changes to their line-up since their inception in 1995, the Goldners bring unmatched musical intuition to every phrase. It’s this closeness that makes them so appealing to watch in performance – every motion and every glance appears in the music as well.
 
 
Whats On
 
Whats on
William Yang: The Story Only I Can Tell 
 
Where: TAS Memorial Hall 
When: Friday 16 March 7:00pm
Cost: Adults $25, Concession $20, Student $15
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/TZZC
The Story Only I Can Tell is the auto-biographical story of William Yang’s life. William is an iconic Australian photographer, internationally renowned for his performances that fuse warm family stories. William grew up in North Queensland on a tobacco farm, and has made his way in the world as an architect, playwright, photographer, visual artist, film-maker, and now a story-teller.
 
 
Instruments for Sale
 
Whats on
15-Inch Viola
 
Only slightly larger than a full-size violin, Gliga instrument built in 2012. Lovely tone, excellent condition, comes with full set up: Viola, bow, shoulder rest, rosin, dust jacket
$400.00
Please contact Laura@necom.org.au to try out this excellent instrument.
 
14-Inch Gliga Viola
 
Gliga Viola in excellent condition. Comes with bow and case. 
$490.00
Please contact Einar on 0456 600 591
 
 
Full Size Violin
 
Ragetti RV4 in excellent condition
Comes with bow and case
$500 
Contact Wylie on 5713 6781
 
3/4 Size Cello
 
Comes with case and bow.
$500
Contact Danielle at 0468950635.
 
 
 
NECOM - CONTACT NUMBERS
 
Rec‌eption, Fee payments
Nicky Price
02 6788‌ 2135
admin@necom.org.au
Accounts & Queries
Sop‌hie Willi‌ams
02 678‌8 2138
accounts@necom.org.au
 
Marketing and Adminis‌tration
Kate Thomas
02 678‌8 2137
marketing@necom.org.au
Program Management
Cor‌inne Ar‌ter
02 67‌88 2139
corinne@necom.org.au
 
Dire‌ctor
Russell Bauer
02 678‌8 2140
director@necom.org.au
 
 
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