Welcome to NECOM | New England Conservatorium of Music

    NECOM | New England Conservatorium of Music

    The New England Conservatorium of Music, affectionately known as NECOM, is a thriving regional conservatorium on the Northern Tablelands of NSW. The principal campus is situated in Armidale with a satellite campus in Inverell.

    Armidale is a ‘University’ city of 24,000 residents, famous for its spectacular spring and autumn seasons, its heritage buildings and access to national parks of the region. The dual economies of education and agriculture create a thriving cultural scene to which NECOM makes an invaluable contribution.

    NECOM provides extensive pre-tertiary programs, professional development and special music events to a wide regional community of children and adults through to professional musicians and educators. 

    NECOM is NSW’s only ‘Conservatorium without Walls’, a model based on building collaborative affiliations with government and non-government schools, community studio music teachers and community music organisations to share resources, deliver joint programs, build organisational capacity and enhance professional development of music educators.

    2014 is an important milestone for NECOM as it will celebrate its 10th Anniversary of operations by presenting many special events across the year including:

    Heritage Homestead Concert Series
    NECOM’s very popular Heritage Homestead Concert Series was last held in 2012 and was an instant success with audiences who loved the concept of hearing chamber music played live in private homesteads and historic buildings in the region. 2014 sees 4 concerts presented in iconic heritage venues rarely open to the public and each event includes a presentation by local historians on the building's history before each concert.

    1. Aether Ensemble @ McCrossin's Mill in Uralla: Sunday 16 March, 4pm
    2. Erin Helyard & Friends @ Perrott's Chapel, Kellys Plains: Sunday 4 May, 2pm
    3. Duo Richter-Carrigan @ Chevy Chase: Sunday 15 June, 2pm
    4. NECOM & Friends @ Deeargee Woolshed: Sunday 19 October, 2pm

    * Tickets for Erin Helyard & Friends @ Perrott's Chapel on Sunday 4 May are available at:
    NECOM Office Tel: 02 6773 6419 or CB Newling Building

    Adults $35, Pensioner $30 and Students $15 (30c booking fee) with all proceeds going to NECOM’s Bursary Fund to help students who need financial assistance with their studies.

    Woodwind Workshops with Mark Walton
    Australia's leading woodwind pedagogue Mark Walton, (previously Chair, Woodwind Unit of the Sydney Conservatorium) visits Armidale and Invererll for once-only workshops that will inspire, encourage and energise all woodwind students on:
    Saturday 3 May, 9.00am-4.00pm: Armidale NECOM (free)
    Sunday 4 May, 9.00am-2.00pm: Inverell NECOM Campus

    The Magic Flute by Opera Australia
    Thursday 28 August, 7.30pm at Lazenby Hall, UNE.

    New England Sings!
    Sunday 2 November, 11.00am & 2.00pm at Lazenby Hall, UNE

    NECOM's most celebrated choral showcase is presented every two years, featuring 900 regional school children, Armidale Youth Orchestra and community musicians to premiere commissioned choral works on the poetry of New England writers Sophie Masson and Judith Wright.

    NECOM wins national Arts Music Award in 2013

    Award for Excellence in Music Education

    At a glittering ceremony at the Parade Theatre, NIDA in Sydney on Monday 26 August, NECOM received the Excellence in Music Education Award in recognition of its 2012 New England Sings! special project. 

    The APRA/AMC Art Music Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of Australian composers, performers and educators in the fields of contemporary classical, jazz and experimental music.

    NECOM is the first NSW regional conservatorium to have won an award in this prestigious national event and it is a great honour for NECOM, AMTA (Armidale Music Teachers Association), regional schools and students, and community musicians who performed in the outstanding 2012 New England Sings! Thank you to all the students, schools and teachers who made this event such a great success.




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