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From NECOM Director, Russell Bauer
It’s fair to say that the entire NECOM community is buzzing about the imminent arrival of Richard Gill and the Sydney Chamber Choir this week. Richard, of course, is well known throughout Australia for his views on music education and its overwhelmingly positive effect on both young people and communities as a whole. His name and the esteem attached to it should not overshadow the 24 Choristers from the Chamber Choir, however; this a choir with an international reputation, and their appearance at Lazenby Hall this Thursday evening is very timely. Armidale is a region rich in choral traditions and NECOM values our choral ensembles as being amongst our most important programs. We have some of this State’s finest choir teachers in Leanne Roobol, Phil Oxley, Connie Dunham and Bekk Baumgartner, and as Director, I want to investigate avenues for growing the vocal element of our Conservatorium. At the end of 2017, the former Conservatorium Officer for the Department of Education, Ed Mafi remarked that there was no region in New South Wales with a choral program like the one he witnessed at NECOM. 
The men and women of the Sydney Chamber Choir will, on Thursday evening, take the audience through 1000 years of song, starting with Hildegard of Bingen, whose compositions are some of the earliest works still in 
existance. Over the course of a dozen songs, the SCC will remind us of the importance of that most personal of musical instruments   -   the human voice.
What can we expect, then, from their illustrious Musical Director? For those who have never had the opportunity to watch Mr Gill in action, you will witness one of this country’s finest conductors directing his 24 talented vocalists through a very challenging concert program, and, knowing Richard, we will learn of his passion for vocal music from the spoken interludes for which is renowned. He will reinforce the very tenets that underpin our philosophies; in his own words, “…every child should have access to properly-taught music in the hands of a properly-trained teacher”. At NECOM, we offer music introduction to children as young as 4 months old in the shape of our Mini Minstrels classes run by Peta Bale and April Kelson. Our three-tiered choral program covers all ages from Kindergarten (Minisingers) and Middle Years (Cantilena) to Senior years (New England Singers). This is echoed in the Instrumental Program with our “Foundation Music” programs commencing from around ages 5 and 6. Added to this, the Chamber Music in Schools program devised by Deidre Rickards gives all students in North West NSW the opportunity to hear a live chamber group performing classical repertoire.
Richard will talk about music education being a basic right of all young people,
and the fact that we have to repeatedly justify this artform, despite the research that continually shows connections between music and learning of a higher order. Importantly, he will stress the need for music to exist in schools simply because “it is good”; music has the power to be a conduit for our creativity and self-expression, as well as a means of relaxation; it encourages social interaction, challenges our worldview, combats depression, improves memory and requires left-and-right brain cognitive processes. We do not teach children music so that they are better at Maths and English; this is, instead, a by-product of learning music from a qualified and engaging teacher. We make music available to children so that they might learn a skill that becomes a companion for life, and indeed, so that they become better human beings. Not one person in the Western World goes through a day without interacting with music, and with the national attention that Music Therapy is currently receiving, communities will begin to see the benefits that this art form has on the elderly and those with special needs.
As we fast approach the annual Eisteddfod season (followed closely by Foundation Concerts, AMEB exams and the like) I look forward to seeing music-lovers both young and old at this week’s 
Musica
Viva concert, where we will all be reminded of why music exists. 

Mr Russell Bauer
Director

 
 
IN THIS EDITION - April Newsletter
 
 
Vale Errol Russell
AMEB Award for NECOM
AYO Garden Party
Opera Australia Children's Chorus
Our Interview with Richard Gill
NECOM Night Tours
Stagefright Workshop with Karin Schaupp
Umberto Clerici Cello Masterclass
April Strings Report
Term One Cello Report
April Kelson's Studio Concert with Bonus Chamber Music
Paul Marshall's Wind Report
Karin Schaupp and Umberto Clerici
Carl Crossin Choral Masterclass
AYO Young Symphonists
New England Singers Performance with Fiori Musicali
Eisteddfod
Important Information about Term Two Fees
What's On
Instruments for Sale
NECOM Contact Numbers
 
 
Vale Errol Russell
 
With great sadness we said goodbye to Errol Russell recently. There are many stories we could relate to attest to Errol’s many talents, professionalism and musicianship and there are many other examples of his generosity, achievements and contribution to music in the Armidale community.  Read more
 
AMEB Award for NECOM
 
Following on from the award we received last month from the Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB), we can report that NECOM was one of only two NSW Conservatoriums to be bestowed this certificate for “Most Outstanding Studio or Music School, Preliminary to Grade 6”, Aside from the New England Conservatorium, the Macquarie Conservatorium in Dubbo is to be congratulated. Given that there are 17 Regional Conservatoriums in the state, this is an outstanding achievement.
Read more
 
AYO Garden Party
 

Knowing that New England weather can be unpredictable, all fingers were crossed on the morning of the annual Rosemary Leitch Garden Party, this year held at Chevy Chase on Dangarsleigh Road. Read more.

 
Opera Australia Children's Chorus
 

The New England Conservatorium’s presentation of Opera Australia’s touring production of Madame Butterfly at Lazenby Hall on 9 August promises to be the highlight in everyone’s music diary for 2018.

Opera Australia visits Armidale only every second year for an exclusive one-night-only performance and this year Puccini’s masterpiece will be a super-special night out, suitable for the whole family.

Read more.

 
Our Interview with Richard Gill
 
We recently spoke with the SCC’s conductor, Australian icon, Richard Gill about his thoughts on music education, the importance of singing and what we can expect from the upcoming performance: Read more
 
NECOM Night Tours
 
As a fundraiser for NECOM, members of the public were invited to join us on a late-night tour of the historic CB Newling Building, known colloquially as the Old Teachers College. 160 participants signed up to explore the lowest levels of the building for one hour, learning about some of the history of the site along the way. Read more
 
Stagefright Workshop with Karin Schaupp
 
On Wednesday 4th April, NECOM scholarship students were treated to a workshop on Stage Fright led by Karin Schaupp, one of Australia’s leading guitarists with a professional expertise in performance anxiety management. Read more
 
Umberto Clerici Cello Masterclass
 
On the 3rd of April, Umberto Clerici, winner of the Tchaikovsky Competition and Solo Cellist with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, was picked up from the Airport by our NECOM Director and ushered into G31 to a room of excited Cellists, their families and their teachers. Read more
 
April Strings Report
 

Another month of great performance opportunities has passed for our talented young string players at NECOM. There have been the usual Studio Concerts and Chamber Ensemble  Concert  with students performing pieces being  prepared for the Armidale Eisteddfod or simply for the opportunity to perform. Read more

 
Term One Cello Report
 

This term, many Cello students at NECOM have been preparing their scales and repertoire for AMEB exams and upcoming performances in the Armidale Eisteddfod. Read more

 
April Kelson's Studio Concert with Bonus Chamber Music
 

On Monday evening, the 9th April, a concert was held featuring students who participate in the chamber music program or who learn with April for their private lessons.

Read more.

 
Paul Marshall's Wind Report
 
It has been an exciting term for the newly reformed Wind Ensemble. At the moment there is a small group of very talented and eager students on a wide range of instruments, which we will hopefully continue to grow over the coming year​s! 
Read more.
 
Karin Schaupp and Umberto Clerici
 
The first of three Musica Viva concerts for 2018 was a sell-out and proved to be a memorable occasion, with the audience enjoying an exquisite evening of music from Karin Schaupp (guitar) and Umberto Clerici (cello).​ Read more
 
Carl Crossin Choral  Masterclass
 
On Friday 23rd March, the New England Singers enjoyed an intensive workshop with one of Australia’s leading choral conductors Carol Crossin. Many of our choristers were already familiar with Carl as he is the conductor of the Gondwana Chorale at National Choral School each year. ​ Read more
 
AYO Young Symphonists
 
During the April holidays, four of our talented musicians took part in the Australian Youth Orchestra Young Symphonists program in Toowoomba. This program is for elite young musicians from 12-17 years of age who participate in a week-long program of rehearsals, tutorial and public concerts. Read more
 
New England Singers Performance with Fiori Musicali
 
The recent collaboration between Fiori Musicali and the New England Singers Chamber Choir was a great success. This was the first time that the two choirs had worked together to present a program of choral music. ​Read more
 
Armidale Eisteddfod
 
Preparations for the 2018 Armidale Eisteddfod are currently underway. Information for choristers performing in choral sections has been sent out recently. Please check your email and make sure you have responded to any requests from NECOM regarding travel arrangements. 
For all other categories, please contact your teacher directly or call NECOM on 6788 2135.
We will update our Facebook page as soon as Eisteddfod programs become available for purchase.
 
 
Important Information about Term Two Fees
 
Just a friendly reminder that term two fees are due by 18th May.
 
Please don’t hesitate to call either Sophie Williams (Finance Manager) – 6788 2138 or Nicky Price (Admin) – 6778 2135  should you wish to discuss payment options.
 
Also, there are still some outstanding Term One fees – it would be appreciated if these could be paid ASAP.
 
 
2018 Concert Series
 
Whats on
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
New England Bach Festival - Bach to the Future
 
Where: Various locations around Armidale
When: 10-13 May 2018
Price: Season Tickets $170 full or $110 concession
or check event listings for individual ticket prices

The ninth New England promises a wonderful range of concerts and some fabulous musicians playing lots of Bach and other baroque masters, and a few surprises.

 
 
ADMS Restoration Dinner and Auction
 
Where: Armidale City Bowling Club
When: Saturday 2 June, 6:30-11pm
Price: $50 per person
Book online: www.adms.org.au

Fundraiser for restoration of The Armidale Playhouse. 

Will include silent auction, live auction, raffle, games. It will be a fun and entertaining night in support of the local community. 
 
Opera Australia Presents Madame Butterfly
 
Where: Lazenby Hall, UNE
When: Thursday 9 August, 7:30pm
Bookings: www.trybooking.com/UTQA

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.

 
Gala Concert
 
When and Where: 21 September Armidale Town Hall
22 September Inverell Town Hall
Bookings: www.operainthepaddock.com.au
Gala Concert starring internationally acclaimed bass-baritone Teddy Tahu Rhodes, lyric coloratura tenor, Henry Choo, Opera Australian rising star mezzo-soprano Ruth Strutt, soprano Peta Blyth and pianist Rhodri Clarke.
 
 
 
Instruments for Sale
 
Whats on
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 - NEW 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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