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AMEB Exams in Progress

The Strings component of this year's AMEB exams has just concluded with 53 students entered from Preliminary to A.MUS.A.  The build up to this event has been intense with many hours of practice, lessons for scales and exercises, studio concerts, mock exams and aural classes. Exams continue into August with Piano exams from 4 August followed by wind…

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Haydn Ensemble Residency at NECOM

NECOM string students were privileged to attend lessons, HSC chamber ensemble tutorials and a workshop for the AYO and AYSO string orchestra with the members of the Haydn Ensemble during the first week of Term 3. The string orchestra students were given historically informed instruction in the classical style while reading through works by Haydn and…

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Students Attend Melbourne State Music Camp

During the holidays, five NECOM students spent a week at the 56th annual Melbourne State Music Camp. The Armidale students auditioned and gained entry to the most senior ensemble - the Bishop Orchestra. David Tan on violin, Sophie Mackson, Mia Baivucago and Jonathan Bruhl on viola and Disa Smart on cello. After six days rehearsing the students performed…

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NECOM Students Perform with AWO

In late July, three of our students, Jonathan Bruhl, Jess Hughes and David Tan attended the Regional Youth Orchestra workshop in Sydney. It was a fabulous time working on "Scheherazade" - Rimsky Korsakov, 1st and 2nd movements, and culminated in an open rehearsal for the public. Students from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music tutored the sections,…

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NECOM Welcomes Nicola Price

NECOM would like to welcome Nicky Price to the team as our new administration officer. Nicky comes with an extensive background in administration and is a familiar face to many who come to the office as she had spent the past five years at the Armidale Express. Director Russell Bauer has enthusiastically welcomed Nicky to the role, noting her excellent…

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Benjamin Adler from ACO Collective - Interview

Benjamin Adler is one of the ACO's emerging artists who will be performing in Armidale on 31 August. NECOM recently interviewed him to find out what life is like being part of the ACO Collective and as a musician.  How long have you been part of the ACO Collective? I have been part of the ACO Collective for a little over a year. My first tour…

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Gondwana Audition Course for Choristers

NECOM will again be offering the Gondwana Audition Course for choristers preparing for upcoming auditions for Gondwana Choirs and the 2018 National Choral School. Established by Lyn Williams OAM in 1997, Gondwana Choirs is the leader in Australian choral performance for talented young choristers. Its annual National Choral School offers an intensive…

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The Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective to perform in Armidale

The Australian Chamber Orchestra presents a soulful concert of Mozart & Brahms. Britain’s leading clarinetist, Matthew Hunt, joins "probably the most engaging maverick in classical music today" (The Times), Pekka Kuusisto, and ACO Collective as the soloist for Brahms’ passionate Clarinet Quintet.2017 marks the 10th anniversary of ACO Collective, an…

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Andrey Gugnin to perform in Armidale

“Exemplifying pianism at its highest level, with staggering technical prowess and musical sensitivity”-The San Francisco Classical Voice   Performing in Armidale 3pm, Sunday 6 August Auditorium - CB Newling Building (Old Teachers' College), Cnr Mossman & Faulkner StreetsAndrey Gugnin, the winner of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition will…

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AMEB Preparation Workshops

Many NECOM students are busy preparing for their upcoming AMEB exams in late July/August. There are a number of components of each exam including set pieces, technical work, aural tests, sight reading and general knowledge. Sometimes it is difficult to persuade students that it’s not just about the pieces! In order to assist students with their preparation,…

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