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CEO's Report

Term 3 has now come to an end with September as our hectic HSC month for NECOM staff, students and AMTA (Armidale Music Teachers Association). NECOM hosted countless recitals, trials and four days of HSC exams and the hyper-buzz and musical energy around the HSC are the culmination of many years of committed musical study. It is a source of great pride and excitement to support them through this process.

It was a month of ‘firsts’ here at NECOM, starting with the first visit to NECOM by our new UNE Vice-Chancellor Professor Brigid Heywood on Tuesday 10 September. She met many of our young musicians in rehearsal and staff and we look forward to building a strong and vibrant partnership with UNE in the future.

Our intrepid wind teacher Paul Marshall continues to inspire music-making around the community, founding the fabulous Ventus Wind Quintet, a bassoon quartet and now the brand new Big Band that rehearsed for the first time on Friday 20 September. For a regional centre to have an outstanding wind quintet, let alone a bassoon quartet, is unheard of and we can’t wait to hear the Big Band in its first concert coming up on 16 November.

On Tuesday 24 September, AYO and NECOM presented their first Showcase concert combining ensembles for the first time and the performances were breathtaking, in addition to special guest appearances by Rosebay Secondary College Ensembles from Sydney. Thanks to the AYO Committee and President Erica Smith for their support in making this such a success.

This month NECOM’s dedicated staff and students gave free performances to hundreds of people at Armidale Care for Seniors, Autumn Lodge, Citizenship Ceremony at Armidale Town Hall, Dementia Respite Unit, Grow Family Day Care Centre and the Glen Innes Lift-off Festival. The dedication of our staff and students who give so generously of their time to share music with our broad community every month is to be congratulated – thank you.

Once again, our newsletter is crammed full of interesting stories and reports about our concerts, masterclasses and students so please read on.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday after such a busy term.



September News

NECOM and AYO Showcase

The last week of term heralded a new venture with a huge Showcase Concert of Armidale Youth Orchestra and NECOM Ensembles with special guests, Rose Bay Secondary College (RBSC) 

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Foundation Solo Concerts

Each year in September, our most important musicians take centre-stage in our Foundation Solo Concert series. These are future musical superstars in waiting. Many of these students have only played their instruments for a year or two, and for some, this was their first opportunity to perform in front of a large audience.
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Chamber Ensembles Concert

The Chamber Music students presented a very enjoyable concert this term on the evening of the 12th September. The concert encompassed performances from the youngest musicians at 10 years old, to university age players who performed as part of the UNE Colleges Ensemble. Read more.

The Bowmaster Trophy

The Bowmaster Trophy is a trophy issued to the student showing the best bowing technique during a single rehearsal of the Boorolong String ensemble. Developing an excellent bow technique is an ongoing and challenging task for any string student, which requires constant attention to detail and to instructions from one’s teacher. Read more.

ANU Music Department visits NECOM

New England Conservatorium once again welcomed a visit from leading instrumental teachers from The Australian National University Music Department, Tor Fromhyr (violin/viola), David Pereira (cello) and Edward Neeman (piano) from the 6th to 8th of September.
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NEWSFLASH - Encore Nominations

A huge congratulations to Isla Biffin and Mia Emanuel who received Encore nominations for their recent HSC performances. We are so proud of you! Isla and Mia join their fellow Flying Scales ensemble members, Jonathan Bruhl and David Tan who also received Encore nominations for their performances in 2018. Credit to their wonderful instrumental teachers, Jane Rosenson and Robert Jackson, and their classroom teacher Matthew Minter. Bravo!

Spotlight on Ziggy Harris

Continuing our series on NECOM students (former and current) Then and Now, we spoke to NECOM alumni, Ziggy Harris about his NECOM memories and what he's up to now. 
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September Piano Report

September was a busy month for piano at NECOM, with two fine pianists visiting Armidale. In early September, Australian concert pianist Simon Tedeschi presented a stimulating master class advanced students preparing for HSC and Diploma performance exams
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Free String Workshop with ACO Collective

String students are invited to enrol in a free workshop with members of the ACO Collective on Wednesday 30 October, 10am-1pm.
This workshop is open to all string students who are at Grade 4 level or above.

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NECOM performances at Glen Innes Lift Off Festival

On September 1st Glen Innes hosted the “Lift Off Festival”, a celebration of the power of wind, and it certainly was a windy day!

There were many wind related parts, including kite building and wind sock making.

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13 October - St Paul's Presbyterian Church, Armidale
Organ Recital by Heather Moen-Boyd

When: 2pm, Sunday 13 October
Cost: $15 Donation

Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor
Elgar: Nimrod
Coates: The Dam Busters March
plus more

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

15 December - Armidale Teacher's College

Errol Russell Sinfonia of New England - A Summer Soirée

In their third annual concert, the Errol Russell Sinfonia of New England will present a program of string classic including:
Danzi  Bassoon Concerto 
Hindemith  Trauermusik 
Mozart Divertimento in B Flat Major
Vaughan Williams   Five Variants of "Dives and Lazarus"
Palmer    Ruritarian Dances

Special guest Gwyn Roberts and soloists James McKay and Sophia Mackson

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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.

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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.

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