Monte Mumford returned to the Murray Con recently to run training workshops for the concert band.
He directed six hours of rehearsals over a weekend before presenting a wonderful concert at Kensington Gardens on the following Tuesday night.
Students from Hume Public School have taken centre stage at Murray Art Museum Albury to perform six songs or soundscapes they wrote after seeing Michael Riley’s “Flyblown” exhibition.
“Flyblown”, currently at MAMA, is an exhibition of Australian landscape photographs taken by the late aboriginal artist Michael Riley.
Congratulations to the Murray Con students who have successfully auditioned and been accepted into the prestigious Melbourne Youth Orchestra’s Symphonic Wind Ensemble
Staff member Nathan Vaccaro represented the Murray Con at “Toys of Our Time” for Senior’s Week, arranged by Albury City.
Stephen O’Connell (saxophone) and Graham Sattler (vocals) recently performed Stephen’s music in Sydney with The Metropolitan Orchestra. Watch them in action here:
Congratulations to these students for exceptional musicianship and fine performance skills.
Staff were privileged to hear Anita speak recently on the benefits of music education. Her work in proving a positive link between music lessons before age seven and enhanced brain development is important for all parents.
Anita’s continuing studies are showing clear links between playing music and brain health at any age.
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