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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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Technology Update

Final adjustments are being made to the new website, with plans to launch our new piece of virtual real estate sometime in September.  By the end of the year, it is hoped that all concert bookings will be made through our own ticket portal on the new site, and parents should find that the updated website should allow more interactivity from mobile devices.…

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Excellent AMEB Exam Results for NECOM Students

67 NECOM students performed for their AMEB exams at the beginning of Term 3, an important milestone in each student’s learning. This year the results were exemplary, with almost 100% of student receiving a High Distinction (A+), Honours (A) or Credit (B or B+) for their grade. I congratulate each student on their hard work and dedication throughout…

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Adam Marshall Visits NECOM

For a young MP who rarely stands still, we were delighted to have Adam Marshall, Member for Northern Tablelands, visit the offices of NECOM this week. Despite his busy schedule, Mr Marshall took time out of his day to meet with the Music Admin team, reinforcing his support of the Conservatorium over a quick lunch. He, like so many locals, is keen to…

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Winter Choral Concert 2017

The NECOM Auditorium was again filled with the sound of young voices singing in harmony, punctuated by enthusiastic applause from the audience. From our youngest choristers right up to our most seasoned (read: Phil Oxley) singers, a wide range of songs from children’s classics to folk tunes to art music was presented. The Winter Choral Concert is one…

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AYSO Visit to Glen Innes

This year the annual AYSO day trip and performance was a  much-anticipated visit to Glen Innes Public School and St Joseph's Primary School, Glen Innes.  To quote Shanny Core, the classroom teacher at St. Joseph's: "Our children really enjoyed the wide variety of pieces played from such a varied background of places and composers- it was a real experience…

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Chamber Music in Schools Update

This programme continues to be appreciated in Infants/Primary and Central schools in many parts of the North-West region. This year, the Piano Trio has presented to almost 1000 students in total in the following schools: Inverell Public school Kingstown Public school Uralla Upper Primary (from the Central School) Dundurrabin, Hernani, Ebor and Chandler…

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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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