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Chamber music - a conversation between friends.

Twentieth century American biographer Catherine Drinker Bowen famously described chamber music as a “conversation between friends”. Just like a great conversation, chamber music entertains, soothes, and builds relationships between the participating individuals. Just like being able to participate fully in a great conversation, performing chamber music…

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Foundation Solo Concerts at NECOM

Family and friends of the NECOM Foundation Music Program have enjoyed listening to our young musicians of the future perform at the annual series of solo recitals held over the last three weeks of Term 3. Over 60 students participated in the concert aimed at those in the early years of learning stringed, woodwind and brass instruments. Performance…

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Dead Composers Society

In the tradition of the Robin Williams film Dead Poets Society, five intrepid students met on the evening of September 15 and formed the first Dead Composers Society. Granted access to the dimly-lit and mysterious Old Music Library, the Society (made up of Isla Biffin, Elinor Warwick, Sophia Mackson, David Tan and Ben Ridges) studied some of Mozart’s…

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Jazz Faculty from ANU

This month we were delighted to have the Jazz Faculty from the ANU School of Music visit Armidale to meet with students. Five lecturers from Canberra delivered a jazz workshop on Wednesday, September 6th, discussing techniques for improvisation and sharing experiences about their own early years of jazz playing. The team then set aside time to meet…

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Jazz at NECOM

Gershwin once said, “Life is a lot like jazz… it’s best when you improvise”. It’s one of the few musical artforms where the same piece could be played night after night, but sound different every time. As an educational tool, it encourages young (and old) musicians to take risks   -   a ‘wrong’ note will only sound wrong based on the note you choose…

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Con Brio Needs Adult String Players

The Con Brio string orchestra, a community music program supported by the New England Conservatorium of Music, is looking for players of violin, viola, cello, or contrabass.The repertoire suits adult beginners or those who wish to resurrect the skills they learned in their younger years.Enquiries to join this creative and fun string group can be made…

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HSC Music 2 Workshop

In the September school holidays, NECOM provided a series of HSC curriculum Music 2 Workshops to prepare students for the Music 2 Musicology/Aural exam in October. Students from Armidale HS, Duval HS, O'Connor, PLC, and TAS and their teachers worked intensively on score reading skills and practice concept questions, including the ‘dreaded’ melodic dictation…

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The ACO Collective's visit to Armidale

The Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective had a busy time when they visited Armidale on 31 August. Five members of the ACOC began the day with a workshop for over 30 string students at NECOM. After a morning of tutorials and rehearsals, the students gave an inspired performance to parents and teachers in the NECOM Auditorium. We received wonderful…

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Andrey Gugnin's Full House in Armidale

Andrey Gugnin, winner of the 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition, performed at NECOM on Sunday 6 August to a packed audience. The concert got off to a wonderful start when local piano students were offered exclusive front row seats to see the master at work. NECOM's Board Director, Greg Moin, introduced Andrey to the stage where he started off…

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Jacaranda Social Club

The NECOM Director had a busy time entertaining the members of the Jacaranda Social Club, with an hour of sing-a-long songs at the piano. From the moment he opened with Bye Bye Blackbird, the enthusiastic patrons were on their feet singing and dancing. Russ (the NECOM Director) was joined by his 13-year-old son, Toby, who kept time on the cajon, a ‘drum…

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