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From NECOM Director, Russell Bauer

I’m going to lead off my monthly report with the breaking news that NECOM teachers and students have again been ranked amongst the top music-education centres in the State! The Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) has awarded us the Certificate of Distinction in recognition for having the “Most Outstanding Results for Preliminary to Grade 6”. Congratulations to all students who have achieved their very best results in the past six months, and thank you to the teachers for mentoring your young musicians so well, and to the parents for your continual support.
The Autumn Festival has come and gone once again (although it felt more like a Summer Festival, even to a Queenslander). We were thrilled to win the “Overall Champion Float” in this year’s parade, and I would like to thank the enthusiastic team of helpers who worked so well to create a giant upright piano and seven-foot-tall piano keys! Equally pleasing was the public response to the Friday night concert in Civic Park to herald in the start of the 2018 Autumn Festival   -   the Council offered NECOM the entire evening timeslot to present a variety of musical performances. You can read about the many musicians who took part in this newsletter.
2018 is well underway, with the first of many “Chamber Music In School” visits to outlying schools already taking place, and the annual AYO Garden Party only days away. We’ve completed another very successful week of HSC workshops and Year 10 Music Days, and the first of three Musica Viva concerts (with Karin Schaupp and Umberto Clerici) has only one week to go. The arrival of Autumn tells us that the Eisteddfod is also not far off, so things are really starting to pick up pace around the Conservatorium! 

Mr Russell Bauer

IN THIS EDITION - March Newsletter
NECOM Awarded Top AMEB Honour
Autumn Festival Showcase Concert
HSC Music Workshops
Music Library Donation
March Strings Report
Year 10 Music Day
Champion Float 2018
NECOM at Night Tours
Chamber Music in Schools
2018 Concert Series
What's On
Instruments for Sale
NECOM Contact Numbers
NECOM Awarded Top AMEB Honour

NECOM has received very exciting news that it has been ranked as one of the top 5 Most Outstanding Music Schools for AMEB (NSW) Exams Preliminary to Grade 6 in 2017.

Each year the AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) in NSW recognises teaching excellence achieved by music teachers, music schools or conservatoriums. NECOM is incredibly proud of this award. It is a recognition of the immense dedication and commitment required for such excellent results. Such an outstanding achievement can only come about when we all work together and I congratulate our students, their parents and our wonderful NECOM teachers for this award.

Read more.

Autumn Festival Showcase Concert
We were determined to have a greater presence in the annual Autumn Festival this year, and the Regional Council assisted us by giving NECOM the entire Friday night program in Civic Park to launch celebrations over the weekend. Read more
HSC Music Workshops
The annual HSC music workshop was held on 7 & 8 March and was an outstanding success. Both days of the workshop started with a mass choral singalong led by Leanne Roobol, Phil Oxley and Kathy Derrin. Students were then divided into four groups depending on their year level and HSC course.​ 
Read more
Music Library Donation
NECOM staff and students would like to publicly thank the UNE Music Department for the incredible donation of music scores and shelving recently. For almost a year now we have had a vision of setting up a community Music Library, allowing local music lovers access to scores, books and recordings. Read more
On February 28, PAMTA (Primary Armidale Music Teacher Association) held its first meeting in many years. Previously run by Rowena Tall, this group seeks to provide support, resources and in-servicing for primary music teachers. 
Read more
March Strings Report

Term 1 holiday break is almost upon us and reflecting back it is wonderful to be able to say that the Strings Department at NECOM has started off in full earnest. The major signposts of the year are in place for our students to work towards such as the Armidale Eisteddfod, HSC Music Extension Performance exams and AMEB exams. Read more

Year 10 Music Day

Students and their teachers travelled from all over the New England and North West region to attend our annual Year 10 Music Day at NECOM on Friday 9 March.

The day started with a rousing choral session led by Kathy Derrin followed by a stimulating movement/improvisation session with much-loved local musician/teacher Phil Oxley

Read more
Champion Float 2018
For our first-ever attempt at submitting a float in the annual Autumn Festival, everyone at NECOM was very excited to see our efforts crowned “Best Overall Float” for 2018! Read more.
NECOM at Night Tours
With the permission of the Department of Crown Lands, NECOM is hosting a series of late-night tours of the Newling Building on Friday the 13th of April. The tours are part history / part mystery, and have proved to be incredibly popular, with four tours (160 participants) selling out in 24 hours! Read more.
Chamber Music in Schools

One of our most important educational programs had its first performance for 2018, with Chamber Music In Schools delivering its first presentation for the year in March. The educational package is the brainchild of Deidre Rickards, one of this state’s most respected music educators.​ Read more.

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
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
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
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
Fiori Musicali - Northern Lights
Where: Our Lady of the Angels Chapel, Barney Street Armidale
When: 6 April 7pm and 7 April 3pm
Tickets available at the door
A concert of choral music from Scandinavia and the Baltic. Presented Fiori Musicali and Friends New England Singers Chamber Choir, Aurora Borealis Strings and Stephen Tafra.
The Magic of Seniors Luncheon
Where: Armidale City Bowling Club
When: Wednesday 11 April, 10:30am
Price: $10 per person
Bookings: or at 172 Rusden Street Armidale
Seniors Week is just around the corner and Armidale has some great events on for the week.

Re-live the wonder and fascination of magic with Joel as he performs his magic on stage. Our event is family friendly, kids, grandkids and great grandkids welcome.
Opera Australia Presents Madame Butterfly
Where: Lazenby Hall, UNE
When: Thursday 9 August, 7:30pm

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
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
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
Please contact to try out this excellent instrument.
14-Inch Gliga Viola
Gliga Viola in excellent condition. Comes with bow and case. 
Please contact Einar on 0456 600 591
Full Size Violin
Ragetti RV4 in excellent condition
Comes with bow and case
Contact Wylie on 5713 6781
3/4 Size Cello
Comes with case and bow.
Contact Danielle at 0468950635.
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