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CEO's Report

Dear New England community

I wish to say a heartfelt thank you to all those who welcomed a Queenslander into the region just over two years ago. With my wife Janine having accepted a position in a large Brisbane-based company in March, I’m now having to cut short my time as CEO of NECOM as Janine now deals with a number of health concerns all surfacing at the same time. The New England Conservatorium of Music is truly a leader in Australian music education, and I’m glad that one of the many people who elevated NECOM to that status is now able to return in a caretaker capacity, in the form of the previous Director, Susanne James. My last day of official CEO duties will be Wednesday 17th July, during which time Susanne will resume the helm of this outstanding organisation.

Read Russ's full farewell here

Term 2 News

Vale Dr Arthur Rickards OAM

The Board, Staff and families of NECOM join the wider Armidale community in mourning the passing of Dr Arthur Rickards OAM. In 2003, Dr Rickards formed a working group to develop a charter for the New England Conservatorium of Music (NECOM). Read more.

Junior Orchestra Workshop

Over two days on July 4 and 5, more than 70 young musicians from Armidale and surrounds (including Coffs Harbour) came together in the Old Teachers College to form a Youth Orchestra of incredible size and sound. Read more.

Term 2 Strings Report

What a busy term! A hugely successful Eisteddfod, Masterclasses and Workshops including Alexander Technique and a visit from Elder Conservatorium's Head of Strings kept us all very busy. Read more

Cantilena Term 2 Performances

Term Two has been a very busy term in the Choral calendar with many choirs entered in the Armidale Eisteddfod, several choral workshops being hosted and a number of community events for our choirs and staff. Read more

Choral Workshops at NECOM

In the past two months, I have been fortunate to attend two brilliant music educator workshops at NECOM.

The first was with the choral adjudicator for the Eisteddfod, Elizabeth Veirboom. The second event was a conducting workshop with the fabulous Carl Crossin from Elder Conservatorium.  Read more

Armidale Eisteddfod Composition Section 2019

Congratulations to Sophia Mackson who won the “overall” prize from the Adjudicator, Sydney based Luke Byrne. Her String quartet work was incredibly sophisticated and reflected her understanding of this genre. It was also played very well by our talented String staff from NECOM. Read more.

Gift of Music for Ben Lomond Public School

One of the more rural and remote schools in New England lies about halfway between Guyra and Glen Innes, 12 kms west of the New England Highway. Ben Lomond Public School currently has a student population of just 16, and given their location, it can be difficult for the school to be actively involved in the kinds of programs and events offered to the larger regional centres. Read more

Walk Through the Orchestra

The annual Armidale Youth Orchestra “Walk Through The Orchestra” was a huge success this year. In conjunction with international “Make Music Day”, over 400 school students from all over the region enjoyed live orchestral music in the NECOM Auditorium.  Read more

Tingha Plateau Disaster Concert

Following devastating bushfires in the region around Tingha and Tabulam in February of this year, Tingha residents and community leaders organised a Tingha Plateau Disaster Concert for Saturday 4th May. Read more

Piano Workshops with Bradley Evans

Bradley Evans, a highly experienced piano teacher and AMEB examiner from Sydney, recently visited NECOM. Twelve students and several local piano teachers attended two workshops with Bradley, held on Sunday 23 June. Read more

NECOM Choral Conductor Mentoring Program

This year, the NECOM Choral Conductor Mentoring Program has taken on a new and exciting dimension thanks to the warm support of the Armidale Choral Society. Initiated by Phil Oxley and Leanne Roobol, our choral conducting students Sophia Mackson, Erin Page, and Isabelle Perrottet, now have the opportunity to develop their skills in rehearsals and public concerts with the ACS. Read more

4-13 July - TAS Hoskins Centre
ADMS presents Singin' in the Rain

Singin' in the Rain is described as the "greatest movie musical of all time" with hilarious situations, snappy dialogue, a hit-parade score of Hollywood standards and complete with an onstage rainstorm! An evening of pure delight, do not miss it!

25 July - Armidale Town Hall
Flinders Quartet

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet Cycle: Selected movements from the string quartets of Shostakovich, curated by Flinders Quartet and dramaturge, Richard Piper
ROBERT SCHUMANN String Quartet No. 3 in A major, Op. 41, No. 3

3 August - Lazenby Hall
ASO Purple Fusion

Armidale Symphony Orchestra present's 'Jon Lord's Concerto for Group and Orchestra'. This work was originally written for the rock band Deep Purple in 1969. 

31 August - Armidale Town Hall
John Bell & Simon Tedeschi

Australian theatre icon, John Bell AO OBE and internationally acclaimed pianist Simon Tedeschi renew their triumphant partnership with Bright Star, exploring the life, love and genius of two bright stars of the Romantic era – John Keats and Franz Schubert.

11 October - Armidale Exhibition Centre
Man from Snowy River Concert Event

A 75-piece orchestra will perform the entire soundtrack live with the classic Australian film.

Special guests will be Tom “The Man” Burlinson and award-winning composer, Bruce Rowland.

24 November - Armidale Town Hall
New England Ensemble

Piano Quartet in G minor K478
Howard Blake: Penillion for Violin and Piano ( a hauntingly beautiful set of variations on a Welsh theme)
Brahms: Piano Quartet in C minor Op 60
plus a selection of solos for cello and viola

3/4 Size Cello

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Kawai KS-5F Piano

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Sankyo Etude. Hard case within soft carry case. Excellent condition. $1,000.

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Clarinet in A

Yamaha Custom CX with original, never used, mouthpiece, ligature and metal cap.

Long barrel. With hard case that takes the A clarinet and a Bb clarinet and a BG clarinet stand. Excellent condition. $2000.

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Bb Clarinet

Yamaha Custom CX with Vandoren B45 mouthpiece and original mouthpiece, Vandoren Optimum ligature and BG leather elasticated neckstrap. With hard case and instrument stand. Has had a fair bit of use but still in really good condition. $2000.

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Tenor Saxophone

Yamaha Custom YTS-82Z with Vandoren T20 mouthpiece, Vandoren Optimum ligature and BG yoke leather neckstrap. Hard case and instrument stand. Superb condition. $5,000.

TENOR SAXOPHONE MOUTHPIECE - Yanagisawa metal mouthpiece (7) with metal ligature and cap. Never been used. $100.

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Alto Saxophone

ALTO SAXOPHONE​ - Yanagisawa 901 with Selmer C* mouthpiece, original mouthpiece and Vandoren Optimum ligature. High F# key. With soft sided case with lots of pockets for storing accessories and instrument stand. Excellent condition. $2,500.

Contact: Jane Pickard
0413 725 386 or

Soprano Saxophone

Yanagisawa 901 with Selmer C* mouthpiece, Vandoren Optimum ligature and Yanagisawa neckstrap. High F# key. Hard case and separate gigbag. Superb condition. $2,500.

Contact: Jane Pickard
0413 725 386 or

Enrolments and Account Queries

Nicola Price
02 6788 2135

Finance Manager

Sophie Williams
02 6788 2138


Kate Reynolds
02 6788 2137

Program Manager

Corinne Arter
02 6788 2139


Russ Bauer
02 6788 2140

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