The Murray Con. has three new grand pianos.
The GX-7 has been placed in the Hume room. The other two are upstairs in the Concert Room and Studio 3.
Four upright pianos have been replaced with Kawai CA 97 digital pianos, providing us with a new generation of digitised sounds combined with touch-sensitive wooden keys.
Update → View part of the concert
On Friday April 14, 2017, Stephen O’Connell, Graham Sattler (Executive Director, Mitchell Con.) and Jenny O’Hara — collectively known as SOQ — will collaborate with the Sichuan Conservatory of Music, presenting the world premiere performances of four new Australian orchestral art songs written by Stephen and Graham.
The performance by the Sichuan Conservatory Symphony Orchestra and SOQ soloists Graham Sattler and Stephen O’Connell, will be conducted by the eminent Maestro ZHENG Xiaoying.
The compositions that provided the content for the April 2017 performance all orientate around, and are inspired by, the imagery and ancient cultural values of Australia and the relationships they inspire.
SOQ is equally engaged by the parallel of ancient Chinese cultures, their values, and contemporary resonance across both Australian and Chinese regions.
On Thursday 13 April, SOQ will also deliver a jazz performance with Chengdu musicians that will also feature stunning visual art and films created by Jenny O’Hara.
And finally, Stephen, Graham and Jenny will be delivering masterclasses and lectures at Sichuan Conservatory, which is reputed to be the largest music school in the world.
SOQ members have also been invited to attend a reception in their honour at the Australian Consulate in Chengdu. All are very proud to represent the Murray and Mitchell Conservatoriums as they take Australian music and visual art to China!
Congratulations to these students for outstanding musicianship and exceptional performance skills.
Stephen has been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the performing arts. It is very well deserved!
Stephen now joins David Carolane with that honour. David also contributed so significantly to music that he was previously awarded an OAM.
In addition to his work in Albury and Goulburn, Stephen was integral in forming the Association of Regional NSW Conservatoriums (ANSWRC) which delivers music education to approx 30,000 students statewide each year. Without this Association and his tireless advocacy for funding many of us wouldn’t have the jobs we have, so I would like to say thank you and congratulations!
– Jenny O’Hara
A brand new Flute ensemble is kicking off at the Con this year. Entry level AMEB Grade 3. This ensemble will explore a variety of styles and genres. For class times and more info please call us.