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  From NECOM CEO, Russell Bauer
It would be predictable for a CEO to begin their end-of-year report with a line like "2018 was another amazing year"... and yet, I'm struggling to think of how else to commence this brief report. Perhaps my first duty is to replace "amazing" with "unbelievable", because NECOM teachers and students achieved some incredible results in the last 12 months. Outstanding exam results, record-numbers of students selected for next year's Gondwana Voices, and superlative performances at the Eisteddfod. 
The concerts this year were of such a professional standard that we still receive feedback months after they have finished   -   New England Sings! set new benchmarks in Junior and Senior Choral singing, while the children's chorus in Opera Australia's production of Madame Butterfly earned dozens of accolades from the professional cast in August. 
The "Chamber Music in Schools" program, managed by Deidre Rickards, travelled to several new schools this year, capping off ten years for this important and unique program which takes live classical music to small regional centres. 
Our Musica Viva concerts were almost all sell-out events, with workshops and masterclasses delivered by some of the country's most respected teachers and performers, for the benefit of New England's young emerging artists. 
The Armidale Youth Orchestra explored a wide range of repertoire from the early Classical Period through to the 20th Century, with select students from this group successfully auditioning for the Regional Youth Orchestra which performed as part of ArtState in Bathurst and Sydney.
This year, NECOM revived the percussion ensemble program which proved so popular that two groups were created; I look forward to seeing new faces lining up for this fun, vibrant endeavour in 2019. We commenced piano lessons at the Conservatorium for the first time, with Dr Brieley Cutting accepting the position of becoming our first Head of Piano. Speaking of piano, NECOM's first ever entry in the Autumn Festival Parade saw us take out "Grand Champion Float" with a large upright piano made entirely out of cardboard boxes!

I wish to thank all students for the respect and dedication you give to your art form, and for sharing your music-making with us. Thanks to your parents for the support and encouragement they continually offer to you. To our clients who are part of our Music Therapy Program or who enjoy concerts given in retirement homes and care centres, we are glad that the power of music is able to improve your quality of life   -   thank you for the great relationship we enjoy with you.

Armidale has a team of music teachers whose talent and teaching ability must surely be unmatched in any regional centre throughout the state. To the NECOM music staff, the entire community says thanks for the above-and-beyond approach you have to your work, and for keeping student outcomes at the heart of all that you do.

On a personal note, I really must thank the NECOM Admin team and Board members for supporting me in my simple visions for this incredible conservatorium. My wish is that NECOM would continue to promote the philosophies of the late Richard Gill, in finding ways to provide quality music education for all students regardless of their background. One of my other goals in the past 12 months has been to open our doors to a wider sector of the community so that more people might have a glimpse of what it is that we do. In 2019, we will endeavour to do this on a huge scale by hosting an Australian-first "Composition Conference" in October, immediately followed by an orchestral concert with a difference when Tom Burlinson and a 75-piece orchestra pay tribute to the music from The Man From Snowy River.

On behalf of NECOM I wish everyone a happy and safe holiday period, and ask you to mark in your diaries one of the key events which is taking place early in the new year, when the team of NECOM music teachers present a Chamber Music Concert of many of their favourite works on Sunday 17 February. I'd love to see hundreds of students and parents at this important concert where we showcase New South Wales' finest music teachers and show the community exactly why the results listed above don't happen by accident.

Russ Bauer
CEO
New England Conservatorium of Music

 
 
IN THIS EDITION - End of Year 2018
 
 
New England Sings! 2018 Report
Composition Conference
Man From Snowy River Concert Event
Charlie Chaplin Films
Australian Voices performance in Armidale with New England Singers
Goldner Quartet Masterclasses
Working With Backtrack
AYO's Trip to Bellingen
2018 Chamber Music in Schools Report
Term 1 2019 Early Bird Discount
NECOM Office Closure
Whats On
Instruments For Sale
NECOM Contact Numbers
 
 
New England Sings! 2018
 
Topping off NECOM’s fabulous year was the biennial choral project New England Sings!  that promoted singing, composition and Australian music in schools across the region.  It brought together 800+ school students and 40 teachers from over 30 schools, 80 instrumentalists and a galaxy of Australia’s most inspiring composers, poets and writers.​ Read more.
 
Composition Conference
 
Something of an Australian first will be held at NECOM from 9 – 11 October next year when the Conservatorium hosts a Composition Conference over two and a half days. Music teachers, music specialists, song-writers, amateur composers and tertiary students will be able to attend workshops and lectures by six internationally-published composers, with best-selling composer Christopher Norton headlining the field. 
Find out more
 
Man From Snowy River Concert Event
 
One of the largest orchestral events in years will take place at the Armidale Exhibition Centre when NECOM presents “The Man From Snowy River Concert” on Friday 11 October.​
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Charlie Chaplin Films
 

More than 100 people turned out to experience the 2nd of our “Chaplin Nights”, with the CEO Russ Bauer adding a live piano accompaniment to the 1918 war-era classic, “Shoulder Arms”.

Read more
 
Australian Voices performance in Armidale with New England Singers
 
The Australian Voices vocal ensemble began their Red Live Breath tour in Armidale on 25 November, presenting a program of Australian works, sacred classical music and Christmas songs.​
Read more
 
Goldner Quartet Masterclasses
 
After experiencing the wonderful  Musica Viva performance given by the Goldner Quartet on Thursday evening the  8th November, many of our talented scholarship students at  NECOM were privileged enough to perform the following day to the four master musicians in masterclass sessions.​ Read more
 
Working With Backtrack
 
NECOM has been exploring avenues for offering programs to Backtrack from 2019, with Music Therapist Fumie Takahashi demonstrating the versatility of instruments like guitar, ukulele, percussion, steel drums and (of course) the voice. Francesca from Backtrack has joined forces with Fumie to develop ideas for a possible weekly music class in the new year, and both organisations are excited about what this could mean in terms of student involvement at Backtrack. Read more
 
AYO's Trip to Bellingen
 
This year was momentous for the Armidale Youth Orchestra, 50 years!  It has been another busy year, with performances at the Garden party, Eisteddfod and a celebratory Gala concert and world premiere of “Where the Mountains Kiss the Sky” in August. Read more
 
2018 Chamber Music in Schools Report
 
This year, we have played Chamber Music to 2,300 students in the following schools in the North Western region of NSW:

Ashford Central, Bonshaw, St Marys Guyra, St Marys Armidale, Black Mountain, Uralla Central, St Josephs Uralla, Mungindi Central, Inverell Public, Bundarra Central, NEGS, Bingara Central, Ben Lomond, Calrossy, Newling, Kellys Plains, Drummond, St Pats Walcha, Rocky River, Ben Venue, Moonbi and Kootingal. Read more
 
Term 1 2019 Early Bird Discount
 
Don't forget to take advantage of our early bird discounts for term 1 fees. The discount will be applied to all accounts that are paid in full by 1 February. For more information, contact Nicky on 6788 2135. 
 
NECOM Office Closure
 
The NECOM office will be closed from Tuesday 18 December until Monday 14 January. On behalf of the team at NECOM, we would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holidays and best wishes for the New Year.
 
 
Whats On
 
Whats on
Idea of North
 
When: Thursday 4 April, 7pm
Where: Armidale Town Hall
Cost: Adult $45, Pensioner $35, Students $25
Tickets: www.trybooking.com/ZQSN
Presented by NECOM and Musica Viva Armidale
 
Flinders Quartet
 

When: Thursday 25 July, 7pm
Where: Armidale Town Hall
Cost: Adult $45, Pensioner $35, Students $25
Tickets: www.trybooking.com/ZQSN
Presented by NECOM and Musica Viva Armidale

 
John Bell & Simon Tedeschi
 
When: Saturday 31 August, 7pm
Where: Armidale Town Hall
Cost: Adult $45, Pensioner $35, Students $25
Tickets: www.trybooking.com/ZQSN
Presented by NECOM and Musica Viva Armidale
 
Composition Conference
 
When: October 9-11
Where: NECOM
Cost: Earlybird Special - $350
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/ZRHJ
Six internationally-published presenters will cover a wide range of composition topics, designed to help music teachers, music specialists, composers, song-writers and tertiary students to improve their understanding of both traditional and contemporary compositional techniques.
 
Man From Snowy River Concert Event
 
When: October 9-11
Where: Armidale Exhibition Centre
Cost: Adults $45, Students $20, Family (2 adults, 2 children) $110
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/ZVYV

A 75-piece orchestra will perform the entire soundtrack live with the classic Australian film.

Special guests will be Tom “The Man” Burlinson and award-winning composer, Bruce Rowland.

 
ACO Collective
 
When: Tuesday 29 October 7pm
Where: Armidale Town Hall
Cost: Adult $45, Pensioner $35, Students $25
Tickets: www.trybooking.com/ZYQF
NECOM in association with Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective present this stunning 17-piece string ensemble performance. Combining musicians of the ACO with Australia’s most talented young professional musicians at the outset of their careers, creating a combined ensemble with a fresh, energetic performance style. 
 
New England Ensemble
 
When: Sunday 24 November, 3pm
Where: Armidale Town Hall
Cost: Adult $45, Pensioner $35, Students $25
Tickets: www.trybooking.com/ZQSN
Presented by NECOM and Musica Viva Armidale
 
 
Instruments for Sale
 
3/4 Size Cello
 
Comes with case and bow.
$500
Contact Danielle at 0468950635​
 
Flute
 
Immaculate condition flute - silver plated
Blessings brand made in America
One owner​
$250 neg
Contact Bec 0402996072​
 
1/4 Size Violin
 
Very good second-hand condition.
Comes with case, bow, shoulder and chin rests.
$100
Contact Amy on 0429 029 162 or laytonfam5@gmail.com
 
1/2 Size Double Bass
 
Kreisler 100 model double bass. Purchased from Sydney String Centre three years ago. 
Excellent Condition
$2,400
Contact Madelon 6760 4228
 
Miyazawa Concert Flute
 
Miyazawa Concert Flute with Silver Head Joint purchased in 1979 from John Lehner (now ‘The Woodwind Group’)
Cost: $950
  • Good condition.
  • Serviced in July 2018 (see attached Invoice)
  • Cost of new flute of similar quality – around $3000
Contact:     Leontine Barnett
Mob: 0457 851 952
Email: kennleontine@bigpond.com
 
 
NECOM - Contact Numbers
 
Enrolments and Account Queries
Nicola Price
02 6788‌ 2135
admin@necom.org.au
Finance Manager
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
 
CEO
Russell Bauer
02 678‌8 2140
director@necom.org.au
 
 
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