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From NECOM CEO, Russell Bauer
 It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that Dr Brieley Cutting, an outstanding young concert pianist, will begin at NECOM from 15 October (start of Term Four) as the Conservatorium’s first teacher of piano. You can read about Brieley’s impressive background in this newsletter, and I would urge families who are considering piano lessons to enrol early as places are limited due to a waiting list that has already been compiled. Dr Cutting will come to us fresh from her Doctoral studies at the Queensland Conservatorium, where she learned with Senior Piano lecturers Natasha Vlassenko and Oleg Stepanov. We are proposing to hold a welcome function for Brieley in Week Two of Term Four on the evening of Thursday 25 October in G31 here at NECOM, where those in attendance will be able to meet her (and hear her play). Numbers for this short welcome evening will also be limited, so patrons should nominate their interest early with Nicky through or phone 6788 2135.
The reason we will be hosting the welcome function in Week Two is because Week One will be all about “New England Sings!”   -   I’ve heard some students saying recently that they can’t believe the two years has come around again so soon. I, for one, can’t wait to witness the culmination of so much planning and preparation! Choral groups have been learning their songs months in advance, but the actual logistics of putting this unique vocal festival together started more than a year ago with Corinne Arter, NECOM’s Program Manager laying the groundwork early and contacting composers for commissioned works. From what I know of past “New England Sings!” events, there really is no other showcase like this in the whole of Australia, where the focus is on inclusivity and providing a performance platform for schools both large and small spread right across New England.
While mentioning outstanding vocal work, we are now only days away from welcoming Opera Australia back to Armidale for their biennial presentation, which will again involve around 20 of our youngest choristers starring alongside this country’s finest operatic voices. Madame Butterfly promises to be an unforgettable concert event, directed by peerless Australian thespian, John Bell. Thank you to Leanne Roobol for once again teaching our young children’s chorus with such care and expertise.
Another prominent date to add to your social calendar is the 50th Anniversary of the Armidale Youth Orchestra. The young men and women who currently make up the AYO will be joined by alumni and staff to present an exciting afternoon of orchestral music at Lazenby Hall, UNE on Sunday 19 August. Amongst the celebratory repertoire that has been chosen will be a world premiere of an original composition by Mr Paul Marshall, NECOM’s woodwind specialist and himself a fine conductor.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish our hard-working students all the best in the final preparations for AMEB / Trinity exams and HSC trials. While our own in-house concerts affords me a constant reminder of the incredible standard of teaching and learning that happens here at NECOM, HSC performances really do reveal the breadth of dedicated work that is being carried out daily in the music classrooms in all schools across Armidale. This community is truly blessed with artisans who live, breathe and embody the finest traditions of music as one of the highest artforms, and there can surely be few communities in Australia that produce similar results as this region.

Mr Russell Bauer

IN THIS EDITION - July Newsletter
Introducing Dr Brieley Cutting, NECOM's First Teacher of Piano
New England Sings! Preparations
Junior Orchestra Workshop 
Armidale Youth Orchestra Turns 50!
Madame Butterfly - August 9
“A Dog’s Life” Silent Movie Night
July Strings Report
Chamber Music in Schools
Gondwana Audition Preparation Course
What's On
Instruments for Sale
NECOM Contact Numbers
Introducing Dr Brieley Cutting, NECOM's First Teacher of Piano
NECOM is delighted to announce that piano will now be offered as a musical discipline at the Conservatorium starting from Term Four 2018, and heading the new program will be Dr Brieley Cutting. Read more
New England Sings! Preparations

Preparations for the New England Sings! event are under way in earnest. Last week the first of the Primary choir mass rehearsals was held with composer Dan Walker leading the choirs through the commissioned work, Fire and Light. Read more

Junior Orchestra Workshop 
Over two days on July 4 and 5, more than 100 young musicians from Armidale and surrounds (including Coffs Harbour) came together in the Old Teachers College to form a Youth Orchestra of incredible size and sound. Read more
Armidale Youth Orchestra Turns 50!
One of regional Australia’s most successful Youth Orchestras is about to turn 50 in August, with a special celebratory concert in honour of all members both past and present.  ​Read more
Madame Butterfly - 9 August!
NECOM is proud to present Opera Australia’s newest touring production of Puccini’s much-loved masterpiece for a once-only performance in Armidale on Thursday 9 August. More premium tickets have just been release. Book them before they sell out at
Read more
“A Dog’s Life” Silent Movie Night
On Saturday evening, 21 July, more than 100 patrons were transported back exactly 100 years to enjoy a Charlie Chaplin classic, A Dog’s Life, in all of its black-and-white glory. 
Read more
July Strings Report
Towards the end of last term, NECOM String students had the opportunity to attend masterclasses, workshops and lessons with Tor Fromhyr (violin) and David Pereira (cello), both leading teachers from ANU, School of Music.   Read more
Chamber Music in Schools
Lots of children in North West regional schools have been exposed to the repertoire from the highly successful “Chamber Music in Schools” programme which is administered through NECOM. Read more
Gondwana Audition Preparation Course
This course is designed for choristers preparing for upcoming auditions for Gondwana Choirs and the 2018 National Choral School. The course is comprised of 3 x 1 hour sessions leading up to the Gondwana auditions on Saturday 1 September at NECOM. Read more
Whats On
Whats on
Gamelan Lessons with Dr Joko Susilo
Sign on session: Wednesday 1 August 5:30-7:30pm
Where: Wright Centre, UNE
Contact: 0439 248 958
Straight from his sold out performance at the
National Gallery of Australia, we are pleased to
announce that the renowned Javanese
puppeteer and gamelan master, Dr Joko Susilo
will be visiting Armidale to deliver a week-long
series of gamelan workshops at The Wright
Centre at the University of New England
starting on Wednesday, 1 August 2018.
Opera Australia Presents Madame Butterfly
When: Thursday 9 August, 7:30pm
Where: Lazenby Hall, UNE

One of Australia’s greatest theatrical minds, John Bell, directs this English-language production, complete with beautiful costumes and sets.

Hear Opera Australia’s wonderful singers perform with a chamber orchestra and NECOM's own children’s chorus.

AYO 50th Birthday Bash
When: Sunday 19 August, 3pm
Where: Lazenby Hall, UNE

It is AYO's 50th Birthday! A special celebratory concert with current players and alumni. Featuring a commissioned work "Where the Mountains Kiss the Sky" written for AYO by Paul Marshall.

Banquet - A Musical Feast
When and Where: 7:30pm 21 September Armidale Town Hall
7:30pm 22 September Inverell Town Hall
Internationally renowned bass baritone, Teddy Tahu Rhodes returns in a highly anticipated performance. Joined by lyric coloratura tenor, Henry Choo, rising star mezzo soprano Ruth Strutt, celebrated soprano Peta Blyth and introuding much acclaimed pianist Rhodri Clarke in a thrilling evening of superb music.
In a Galaxy Far, Far, Away
When: Saturday 29 Sept 7pm
Sunday 30 Sept 3pm
Where: Lazenby Hall, UNE
Armidale Symphony Orchestra will perform well-known sci-fi music and a special new composition from coductor Russell Bauer.
New England Sings!

When: 11am and 2:30pm, Sunday 21 October 
Where: Lazenby Hall, UNE
Tickets: Adult $25, Full-time student $15

Presented by the New England Conservatorium and AMTA (Armidale Music Teachers Association) is the largest choral showcase in the New England region, celebrating the joy of singing and Australian music. 

Goldner Quartet
When: Thursday 8 November 7pm
Where: Armidale Town Hall
Cost: Adults $45, Pensioners $35, Students $25
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.
Instruments for Sale
Whats on
3/4 Size Cello
Comes with case and bow.
Contact Danielle at 0468950635
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.
Contact Amy on 0429 029 162 or
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
Rec‌eption, Fee payments
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02 6788‌ 2135
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02 678‌8 2138
Marketing and Administration
Kate Thomas
02 678‌8 2137
Program Management
Cor‌inne Ar‌ter
02 67‌88 2139
Russell Bauer
02 678‌8 2140
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