Monthly Archives: August 2014


Douglas Mawson Walking Alone is a piece of music theatre that tells the story of the explorer’s heroic 33-day solo march for survival following the deaths of his companions. North Sydney composer Jim Coyle has set this epic tale to music in a one-man opera to be premiered at Mosman Art Gallery  on Saturday 20th September 2014 . There will also be performances of Jim’s recent instrumental music.  

Free History Lectures At Wagga Museum

He Belonged to Wagga: Our ANZAC story (1914 – 1919)

Saturday 6 September 10:30am -11:30am

From 1914-1918 approximately 2,000 men from the Wagga Wagga district enlisted for active service in the Great War.  Join Museum curator Michelle Maddison to discover their stories in our latest exhibition He Belonged to Wagga.  Find out how World War I changed the City of Wagga Wagga forever through first-hand accounts of battles and the experiences of the soldiers in 1919 as they were repatriated back home.

The Riverina Press Goes to War
Presented by Dr. Nancy Blacklow,  Lecturer in Humanities and Social Sciences, Charles Sturt University
Saturday 13 September 10:30am-11:30am

During World War I, newspapers were the main source of news for communities throughout the Riverina. Even very small towns boasted their own newspaper.

These newspapers looked after their communities by not only providing war news, but printing letters sent home by local soldiers. These letters tell stories of a sense of adventure, relief at surviving a battle, pride in achievements, and a growing sadness as the war continued.

This public lecture explores some of the letters printed by Riverina newspapers and how they provide a social history of local World War I contribution.

NSW Police Commissioner joins charity ride from Engadine to Bondi

The NSW Police Commissioner Andrew  Scipione will join a charity motorbike ride from Engadine through to the finish at Bondi today.

The ride raises awareness of depression along with mental health services around the country.

Riding commenced in Bateau Bay on Saturday 26 July 2014 and will finish in Bondi about 3.30pm on Tuesday 26 August 2014.

By then, participants will have ridden approximately 14,500km, the entire circumference of Australia.

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said this is a wonderful initiative and a tremendous effort by all those involved.

“The funds raised will greatly assist Lifeline Australia and Mental Health First Aid,” Commissioner Scipione said.

“I look forward to meeting up with the riders in Engadine and it is my honour and privilege to lead more than 55 riders in their last leg of the ride into Bondi,” he said.


Comming up At the Newcastle Conservatorium in September

Thursday 4th September – 7:30pm

Musica Viva presents Imogen Cooper

One of the greatest pianists of her generation, Imogen Cooper CBE makes a long overdue return to Australia for this special program highlighting her poetic, insightful interpretations of the composers closest to her heart.


BRAHMS Theme and Variations in D minor (arr from String Sextet no 1, op 18)
SCHUMANN Davidsbündlertänze op 6
SCHUMANN Novellette, op 21 no 2 in D major
SCHUBERT Piano Sonata no 21 in B flat major, D960

Tickets:  or (02) 8394 6666 or 1300 665 915


A Reserve: $78.50 – $89.72

B Reserve: $55.05 – $63.21


Tuesday 9th September – 7:00pm

Community Strings Concert

Performances by Conservatorium Prelminary, Junior, Intermediate and Advanced String Orchestras.  Tickets sold on the night. Adults $12 / Concession $8 / Children $5 / Family of 2 adults and 2 children $25


Thursday 11th September – 1:00pm

Free Lunchtime Concert


Bradley Kunda is an internationally prize-winning classical guitarist who has been lauded as ‘among the best of his generation of world-class performers.’ Dedicated to the future of Australian music, Bradley’s concert programs feature new works by established and emerging Australian composers, as well as his own acclaimed compositions and arrangements.

Friday 12th September – 7:00pm

Spring Winds


Performances by Conservatorium Concert Band and Junior Concert Band, joined by The Junction Public School Concert Band.


Tickets sold on the night. Adults $12 / Concession $8 / Children $5 / Family of 2 adults and 2 children $25

Saturday 13th September – 7:00pm

Newcastle Youth Orchestra presents A Night at the Proms


Newcastle Youth Orchestra presents a program of patriotic works inspired by London’s own Last Night at the Proms. With a premiere of an original work by young Newcastle composer William Jeffery, Derek Bourgeios virtuosic trombone concerto performed by the orchestra’s very own queen of the lower brass Hannah Gibbons, and other well-known proms favourites for you to join in- don’t forget your finest British attire!


Tickets: or 1300 665 915


Reserved seating: $25.49 – $28.44


Sunday 14th September – 1:00pm

ABC Classic FM Live Broadcast presents The Australian Voices


Tune in for a feast of (mostly Australian) works led by Novocastrian (& Newcastle Conservatorium Alumni) Gordon Hamilton together with the Australian Voices and guest artist Claire Edwardes. In the program you will hear works by Australian composers Rob Davidson, Dan Walker, Lisa Young, Graham Lack, Andrea Keller, Gordon Hamilton and James Morrison.


Free admission. Audience must be seated by 12:50pm.


Saturday 20th September – 10:00am to 1:00pm

Con Open Day


Come along an experience the joy of making music – we’ll happily show you how! Free admission to all activities and demonstrations, including:


Early Childhood Music







There will be “casual drop-in” concert to cap of the end of the day.


Thursday 25th September – 7:30pm

Musica Viva presents Borodin Quartet


The legendary Borodin String Quartet is approaching its 70th concert season, so every concert glows with the unmistakable authenticity of experience and knowledge: the power behind the mighty ‘Borodin sound’, heard at its finest in music by Shostakovich and Beethoven.




Ludwig van BEETHOVEN
String Quartet in G major, op 18 no 2

String Quartet no 8 in C minor, op 110

String Quartet no 2 in F major, op 22


Tickets  or (02) 8394 6666 or 1300 665 915


A Reserve: $78.50 – $89.72

B Reserve: $55.05 – $63.21



A copy of our current Concert Diary is attached.



Conservatorium  of Music

University of Newcastle


Cnr Auckland & Laman Streets

Newcastle NSW 2300


P: (02) 4921 8900

F: (02) 4921 8677



Sunday 2 November, 3.00pm

Voice, in all its beauty and power.

With graceful harmonies and gorgeous tones, internationally acclaimed a cappella quintet, Black Voices have been wowing audiences all over the world for more than 25 years with their eclectic repertoire and dynamic performance style.

After sold out shows at Melbourne Festival, Black Voices returns to Australia in 2014 and look forward to presenting their new show to Australian fans. It’s their unique and joyous sound that has seen Black Voices sharing stages with greats like Ray Charles and Nina Simone, as well as entertain Nelson Mandela, Pope John Paul II and members of the British Royal Family.


Black Voices’ upcoming Australian tour will feature a wide-ranging popular, contemporary and traditional repertoire using only their voices to create an unforgettable performance of rare emotional depth and passion.

Their stunning performances and distinctive brand of a cappella is a truly harmonic blend that celebrates their rich African, Caribbean and British heritage with the beautiful ability to cross language and cultural barriers.

Founder and Black Voices’ Music Director Carol Pemberton is thrilled to be bringing their unique sound back to Australia. “I can’t wait to perform again for Australian audiences,” said Carol. “We were last in Australia in 2007 where we played to some of the most receptive audiences of our career.”

You don’t want to miss them!

“… Electrifying, finger-clicking gospel and impossible to resist!” South China Morning Post

“A substantial reminder that amid the crafted din and amplified clutter of modern pop, unaided, unadorned human voices are capable of creating powerful music.” Los Angeles Times
Black Voices live in concert

purchase tickets
online at
by phone (02) 8256 2222
in person at City Recital Hall Angel Place
tickets $65 – $99
(additional fees may apply)

Police appeal for Wagga Schools to contribute to upcoming commemorative exhibition

Wagga Wagga Police invite local schools and any other ‘budding’ artists to submit their art works for an upcoming exhibition to help raise funds for local Project Bowen, which commemorates the death of a police officer who was killed on duty in the 1800s.

Project Bowen began in 2013, and was established to memorialise the death of Senior Constable Edward Bowen, who was tragically shot by bushrangers in 1879 in the township of Wantabadgery. While his killer, Captain Moonlight (also known as George Scott), is well known in history pages, Senior Constable Bowen’s sacrifice has largely been forgotten over time.

Wagga Wagga Local Area Command has a limited number of canvasses they can provide for free to schools with a passion for history, art and doing the right thing – not the wrong thing with excuses which is theme of the exhibition. Interested schools can book in for a 45 minute presentation on the Hero of Wantabadgery’s exploits by police to get their imaginations flowing by Contacting Inspector Stephen RADFORD at Wagga Wagga Police Station on 69222599.

Participating schools art works will be displayed at the Wagga Art Gallery between Friday 3 October 2014 to Sunday 12 October 2014 and awards will be presented in various categories. Entries need to be submitted to Wagga Wagga Police Station by 19 September 2014.

Inspector Stephen Radford, said “The school talks conducted have been received well and have included a ‘Hero of Wantabadgery’ historical comic strip and examples of other exciting art works completed to date. We have a number of canvasses left and are encouraging interested schools and talented individuals to contact police if they want to participate in a worthwhile project”.

People wishing to contribute to the fund raising project in a non artistic way can “Buy a Brick for Bowen – and become a foundation of history”. Pavers that will support the monument can be purchased from Wagga Police. Individuals can have their names engraved on these showing their support for Project BOWEN for as little as $40.

Enquiries can be made to or donations made to Police Credit Union BSB 815000 Account 277506 (Charitable fund Raising Authority: CFN/23148).

Child Attack Near Wagga

Police are appealing for information after two girls were approached by a man near Wagga Wagga this morning.

About 10.30am (Sunday 24 August 2014), two girls, aged eight and 11, were at a playground on the intersection of Protea Place and Mangrove Crescent, Forest Hill.

Police have been told a dark-coloured, dual-cab utility containing four men and a child stopped near the park.

One of the men reportedly got out of the car and approached the girls, attempting to grab the younger one. Police believe she may have been on the roadway.

When the girls ran away, the man got back into the vehicle before it drove away.

The girls reported the incident to their parents, who in turn contacted police.

Detectives from Wagga Wagga Local Area Command would now like to speak with a man who may be able to assist with inquiries.

The man has been described as being aged in his late teens or early 20s, with brown hair. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt.
Police are urging anyone with information about this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.


Sunday 31 August, 3.00pm

Marking the final stage of a four-year cycle based on the elements of Earth, Water, Air and Fire, The Song Company celebrates the heat and passion of Fire and the music that expresses it. In his first collaboration with The Song Company, Danish Guest Director and composer Bo Holten leads a fiery program of neck-breaking speeds, hair-raising leaps and awe-inspiring harmonies.

The program includes 16th century madrigals by Marenzio, Morley, Wilbye, Flecha, and Gesualdo, as well as more contemporary pieces from Raffaele Marcellino, Berio, and Bo Holten himself.

“…the incredible singers of The Song Company are already national living treasures…[and] one of the finest vocal ensembles in the world.” John Davis, CEO – Australian Music Centre
Susannah Lawergren SOPRANO
Anna Fraser SOPRANO
Richard Black TENOR
Mark Donnelly BARITONE
Clive Birch BASS

Carlo Gesualdo Three madrigals
Luca Marenzio Three madrigals
Luciano Berio Sequenza for voice
Bo Holten Rota Veneris
Raffaele Marcellino Due Madrigali
Mateo Flecha El Fuego

The Song Company

The Song Company is Australia’s leading vocal ensemble, proud to celebrate 30 years of music making. Since its formation in 1984, it has provided audiences with international standard performances in the field of vocal chamber music. The group’s repertoire covers vocal music from the 10th century to the present day and is unique in its stylistic diversity.

Over 30 years, the ensemble’s schedule has grown to include a mix of national and international tours, a subscription series across Australia, recording projects, education activities, and special artistic collaborations.

Bo Holten
Danish composer and conductor, Bo Holten established his reputation as a conductor of early music vocal groups and has conducted a wide range of ensembles and choirs in Scandinavia and abroad. He has conducted all eight Danish professional Symphony Orchestras, performing and recording both his own and other composers’ works.

In his own work, Bo Holten’s music builds a bridge between old and new. He has written 120 works including symphonies, solo concertos, works for chorus and orchestra, operas, and musicals. Holten’s fourth opera, Operation Orfeo, is the most frequently performed Danish opera, having been performed twice here in Sydney at the Sydney Opera House.

Bo Holten
Photo courtesy of Agnete Schlichtfrull,

purchase tickets
online at
by phone (02) 8256 2222
in person at City Recital Hall Angel Place
tickets $20 – $59
(additional fees may apply)

Jimeoin at Wagga Civic Theatre

Jimeoin is back with yet another hilarious show…YES, YES, WHATEVER?

One of live comedy’s masters. No gimmicks, just great craic!

What the reviewers said:

  • ‘Jimeoin will have you crying buckets of water’ (Adelaide Advertiser)
  • ‘ Exemplary Stand-up’ ***** (Herald).
  • ‘Comic masterpiece’ (Daily Mail).
  • ‘Jimeoin recalls the familiar at a fantastically silly level, boiling his audience down to tear-filled, gibbering mess.’ (Scotland on Sunday).
  • ‘Comedy of the highest order… Inspired!’ (Independent).
  • ‘A series of hilarious, often surrealistic climaxes… Comic genius’ (Evening News)
  • ‘Classic nonsense… Stand-up comedy at its best’ (Scotsman).