Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium is delighted to present the newest member of our teaching staff, Mr Patrick Brearley. Pat moved here this week from Melbourne, where he was most recently Principal violist with the ANAM Symphony Orchestra.
Pat was born in a small town called Wingello, near Bowral, and while he has embraced the big city lifestyle as all fine musicians must, he is delighted to have been invited by the Conservatorium to move to Coffs Harbour. He has just finished a three year post graduate term at ANAM, which takes a very small selection of the finest young musicians in Australia and gives them opportunities to play with and for some of the world’s best musicians. He has toured internationally with the Australian Youth Orchestra and played with the Auckland Philharmonia and Tasmanian Symphony Orchestras. He was principal viola in the Australian International Orchestra Institute and Australian Youth Orchestra’s premier ensemble, the Momentum Ensemble. He is the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s award at University of Tasmania, Manchester Fellowship in Auckland, and has a Bachelor of Music and Graduate Certificate in Music Performance from the University of Tasmania.
Despite only arriving a few days ago, Pat is being snapped up by students across the region and is teaching violin and viola, beginner cello and piano from Monday to Thursday at the Conservatorium. He can take violin and viola students to LMus level, which is the highest Australian Music Examinations Board examination level.
When he is not working with his viola, Pat is a keen mountain bike rider, loves swimming, bushwalking and is a fully qualified fire fighter, so he will be looking to join one of the local fire brigades as a volunteer as soon as he’s settled in. Please phone the conservatorium on 6652 1592 for any enquiries regarding lessons with Pat!