Welcome to NECOM | New England Conservatorium of Music

    NECOM | New England Conservatorium of Music

    NECOM (New England Conservatorium of Music), 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.

    2014 is an important milestone for NECOM as it will celebrate its 10th Anniversary of operations by presenting many special workshops and concerts across the year. Events coming up in the next few months include:

    Dalcroze Eurhythmics Workshops

    Friday 25 July: Early Childhood
    Saturday 26 July: Infants/Primary
    Sunday 27 July: Primary/Secondary

    NECOM's Introduction to Dalcroze Eurhythmics Workshops is ideal for pre-school and K-Yr 12 teachers, studio music teachers, tertiary education students and anyone interested in creative movement and performance. Each of the 3 days focuses on a specific student age group although the activities can be applied to any age or music activity.

    Presented by two of Australia's leading Dalcroze specialists, Dr Sandra Nash and Madeline Hagon, these workshops are are invaluable chance to learn about one of the most revolutionary and exciting music education methods available today.

    Participants can attend 1, 2 or all 3 days. Click on the link below for the Application & Information flyer. Fees are kept very low and include an early bird discount if bookings are received by Friday 18 July or standard fees after Friday 18 July.

    For information please call NECOM on (02) 6773 6139. 

    The Magic Flute by Opera Australia

    Thursday 28 August, 7.30pm @ Lazenby Hall, UNE
    Bookings:    trybooking.com/91519

    NECOM presents Opera Australia's newest touring production of Mozart's much loved classic for a once-only show in Armidale on Thursday 28 August.

    Sung in English, this new production is an Indiana Jones inspired tale of adventure and love. This fresh and fun filled opera is set in the exotic tombs of ancient Eygpt and designed to entertain people of all ages. A special feature of the production is the Childrens Chorus of 24 talented choristers from NECOM Cantilena Choir who will have their first experience of performing with a professional opera cast and orchestra Proceeds of the box office will go towards NECOM's Music Therapy Program.  

    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

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

    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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