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Return of Susanne James as CEO

It is with great pleasure on behalf of the board I can announce that Susanne James has returned to NECOM as its CEO. For those of you who are not aware Susanne was CEO of NECOM for over 5 years prior to her retirement in 2017.

We were very fortunate that Susanne agreed at short notice to come out of retirement and with her husband Malcolm move from Sydney back to Armidale following the earlier than expected departure of Russell Bauer.

Susanne’s appointment is for 18 months ensuring stability, continuity and experience will prevail at NECOM during a period when the NECOM program of activities is quite literally “jam-packed”. When I announced Susanne’s appointment to the NECOM staff earlier this week it was met with universal acclaim such is the esteem that she is held within the organisation.

NECOM’s core business is music education through the provision of outstanding music education and performance programs to pre-schoolers, K – 12 students, teachers and schools. In addition, it provides services to community adults and music organisations, and private music teachers through its Music Educator Member Program. With Susanne at the helm, the board is confident that NECOM’s significant reputation in these areas will continue to flourish and grow.

Please join me in welcoming Susanne, and Malcolm, back to NECOM and Armidale.

Greg Moin


July News

Flinders Quartet Masterclasses

After experiencing the wonderful Musica Viva performance given by the Flinders Quartet on Thursday evening the  25th July, many of our talented scholarship students at  NECOM were privileged enough to perform the following day to the four master musicians in masterclass sessions. Read more.

Flinders Quartet Concert Review

On Thursday evening, 25 July, the Flinders String Quartet performed a beautiful concert in the Armidale Town Hall, featuring works by Shostakovich and Schumann.

Read more.

Creative Kids Voucher Update

At the beginning of 2019, the NSW Government launched the Creative Kids rebate program, allowing families to claim up to $100 for each eligible school enrolled child towards the cost of lesson and activity costs, such as those provided by NECOM. Read more

Invitation to ACO Collective Strings Workshop

The ACO Collective will be performing in Armidale on Tuesday 29 October. In addition to their concert, they have invited all strings students at a grade 4 level and up to attend a String Workshop to be held at NECOM on Wednesday 30 October from 10am to 1pm. Read more

Junior Orchestra Workshop 2019

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.

National Choral School Opportunity

NECOM students are invited to audition for National Choral School, the pre-eminent immersive choral experience for young singers in Australia.  Established by Lyn Williams OAM in 1997, Gondwana Choirs is the leader in Australian choral performance for talented young choristers. Read more.

3/4 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. 

27 August - NECOM
Con Brio - Music through the Ages

Free Entry
Featuring: Frye arr Chin, Hadyn, Mozart, Grieg, Walton, Ireland

Drinks and nibbles provided after concert. 

28 August - NECOM
Winter Choral Concert

Free Entry
Don’t miss NECOM’s annual Winter Choral Concert featuring all of our choirs in one massive performance! Showcasing Minisingers, Cantilena, Cantilena Chorale, Side by Side Choir, New England Singers, and New England Chamber Choir. NECOM’s auditorium will be packed with supporters of these fine choirs so make sure you arrive early to get your seat!

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.

29 October - Armidale Town Hall

ACO Collective

NECOM in association with Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective present this stunning 17-piece string ensemble performance. This year, internationally acclaimed violinist Helena Rathbone takes up the inaugural position as ACO Collective Artistic Director.

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

Comes with case and bow.
Contact Danielle:

Kawai KS-5F Piano

Contact Charlie:
0435 104 603


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

Contact: Jane Pickard
0413 725 386 or

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.

Contact: Jane Pickard
0413 725 386 or

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.

Contact: Jane Pickard
0413 725 386 or

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.

Contact: Jane Pickard
0413 725 386 or

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


Susanne James
02 6788 2140

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