For pianists and piano lovers, our Sunday Series visiting artist Daniel de Borah will hear and instruct some of the area’s most talented young piano students in front of a live audience. This is a rare opportunity to watch an internationally recognised pianist at work, and a great chance for a lucky few to perform for him, so come along and support this special event. 3pm – 5pm Saturday 19 August, in the Performance Hall at the Conservatorium. Masterclass entry (audience members) $20 adults, $10 students. Playing participant applications welcome, must be minimum grade 6 AMEB or equivalent, currently studying piano and under 25. Please email Trish O’Brien firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to be considered.
Experience the passion and power of Flamenco guitar with celebrated guitarist Damian Wright!
Damian will present a workshop for anyone interested in flamenco guitar (please bring your guitars if you play, otherwise just watch and observe the brilliance!) from 12.30 – 2pm
Then see him in CONCERT at 3pm.
DAMIAN WRIGHT is an ARIA nominated flamenco guitarist. In 2014 Damian was invited to perform as a solo artist at the Rajasthan International Folk Festival, INDIA and in 2016 performed at The Shanghai Fringe Festival, CHINA and was invited to perform at the biannual Adelaide International Guitar Festival curated by Slava Grigoryan. Damian’s Flamenco ensemble Bandaluzia was recently awarded “The Pick Of the Sydney Fringe” at The Sydney Fringe Festival and performed to a sold out Sydney Opera House Concert Hall as an invited artist to TEDX Sydney 2014. Known for their powerful performances, unique sound and explosive displays of dazzling musicianship and virtuosity that has made Bandaluzia a great success at festivals and theatres across Australia. Bandaluzia are also highly revered for their ability to mix elements of other genres into their performances, whether being the rich
harmonies of Jazz, the exotic melodies of the Orient or the infectious rhythms of South America. An experience that ignites the senses with the grace of Flamenco.
“Damian Wright is a brilliant flamenco guitarist…Wright showed what a captivating solo player he is on his own “In Time”, and elsewhere his articulation of complex lines was
fluid and dripping with conviction” – John Shand, Sydney Morning Herald
Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium is delighted to present a very special professional concert series in our newly renovated Performance Hall. The series celebrates the acquisition of a beautiful new grand piano by Mason & Hamlin, makers of the world’s finest pianos. Five of Australia’s finest pianists and strong advocates of Mason & Hamlin pianos will feature alongside a selection of dynamic and captivating chamber musicians from Melbourne and Brisbane, in exquisite programs designed to delight all fine music lovers.
Featured works in the series include all three of Brahms’ stunning and emotive Piano Quartets, sonatas by Cesar Franck, Rachmaninoff and Shostakovich, and much more.
The August 20 concert program includes Beethoven’s joyous Opus 11 Trio for clarinet, cello and piano, Schumann Novelettes for solo piano, and the incredible Brahms Piano Quartet No 2 in A major. Featuring Flinders Quartet leader, Shane Chen, and internationally renowned piano soloist Daniel de Borah.
Featured musicians include pianists Daniel de Borah, Timothy Young, Benjamin Kopp, Stephen Emmerson and Stewart Kelly. Joining them are violinists Emma Jardine (Streeton Trio), Zoe Freisburg (winner, Kendal National Violin Competition), Shane Chen (1st violinist, Flinders Quartet), violist Patrick Brearley (ANAM graduate and strings teacher, Coffs Conservatorium), cellist Trish O’Brien (Artistic Director Coffs Con) and clarinetist Paul Dean (Head of Winds, Queensland Conservatorium).
Sunday 19 February, 3pm
Sunday 2 April, 3pm
Sunday 18 June, 3pm
Sunday 20 August, 3pm
Sunday 29 October, 3pm
PURCHASE A SERIES PASS for $150 (adult) $60 (under 18), or individual concerts at $35/15 each.
Even in utero, a child responds to the sound of music. Classical music in particular has been proven to provide soothing relief to people of all ages and is regularly used in neonatal wards at hospitals as a way of helping calm distressed babies. As babies grow, they develop a sense of rhythm and pitch, and delightedly bounce their entire bodies to any music that captures their attention. In recent years scientists have spent considerable time studying the effects of music on a child’s wellbeing, behaviour and ability to learn. They have produced overwhelming evidence that involvement in the study and practise of music has incredible effects on a child right through to adulthood. Children who take music lessons have greater concentration skills, achieve higher levels in English and maths, and demonstrate improved behaviour and communication skills. Students who study music from an early age demonstrate more advanced levels of language development as well as gross and fine motor skills.
While learning the double bass may seem a little ridiculous at the age of 3 and holding a trombone impossible for a 5 year old, the Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium is able to provide an enriching Early Childhood Music program for children aged 0 – 5 years of age, in preparation for continuing onto instrumental or vocal studies. Accompanied by their parents, young children regularly come for enriching classes with our wonderful Early Childhood Music specialist teacher, Tracey Burton, who weaves magic with even the most chaotic of classes. Within moments Tracey is able to gain a sense of peace, harmony and wonder whilst guiding the children through the earliest beginnings of music lessons. Parents and guardians accompany their children to these lessons and enjoy a very special bonding process with their children as well as the opportunity to make new friends.
Tracey Burton has taught hundreds of children under the age of 5, all of whom come away with the ability to understand and recognise pitch, rhythm, and the beginnings of notation. Once they begin kindergarten they are able to continue with Tracey by enrolling in group keyboard classes, where all of the fundamentals they learnt as toddlers are put into context as they learn to play an instrument. They can also continue on to learn the violin, cello, singing, or take individual piano lessons. There is a world of opportunity for any student of any age at the Conservatorium, so call the office on 6652 1592 for further information.