New England Big Band

The New England Big Band features some of Armidale’s best musicians, including some of your favourite music teachers performing an exciting concert of well known and contemporary big band music, including two classic pieces featuring […]


UNE Colleges Music Program

The UNE Colleges Music Program has started back up recently under the watchful eye of Andrea Gledhill, head of Austin College. This year we have Vocal, String, Recorder and Wind Ensembles. Deidre Rickards is the […]

NECOM Staff Chamber Music Concert

NECOM is proud to announce the reintroduction of the Staff Chamber Music Concerts. Our Conservatorium is blessed to have some the state’s finest instrumentalists living and teaching in Armidale. The concert on Sunday 17 February […]

Charlie Chaplin Screening – Shoulder Arms

Celebrate 100 years since the release of Charlie Chaplin’s silent classic, “Shoulder Arms”. NECOM CEO Russ Bauer will provide live piano soundtrack in the style of theatre music from a century ago. 6PM SATURDAY NOVEMBER […]

Junior Orchestra Workshop 2018

The New England Conservatorium’s annual Junior Orchestra Workshop gives Yr 3-9 students an intensive two days of invaluable performance experience playing in a large orchestra under the leadership of specialist conductor Ann Phelan, NECOM tutors […]


Opera Australia’s Generous Donation to NECOM

Following the incredible donation of music resources from UNE in April, Opera Australia has now followed suit and sent hundreds of opera recordings and scores to NECOM. These generous donations will help establish a community […]

HSC MUSIC WORKSHOP 2018 Music 1 and Music 2

NECOM’s annual HSC Music workshop is presented by the New England Conservatorium and has been specially designed to prepare students for the written exam, performance exam and submitted works for HSC Music. It is presented […]


NECOM Welcomes New Music Therapist

NECOM is delighted to announce that our Music Therapist from January 2018 will be Fumie Takahashi. Fumie has just completed her Master’s Degree in Music Therapy from the University of Western Sydney and holds a […]


2017 Chamber Music in Schools Program Report

by Deidre Rickards OAM I designed and wrote this project so that students attending country schools could build a connection with the New England Conservatorium of Music by listening to Trios who would play in […]

New England Sinfonia Concert

Boccherini Cello Concerto in D 
Elgar String Serenade, Britten Simple Symphony, 
Mendelssohn String Symphony in D Minor
Sibelius Romance in C

Come and celebrate the NECOM revival of the New England Sinfonia as it carries on the wonderful legacy of the original ensemble under past director Erroll Russell. The ensemble is a combination of NECOM string teaching staff, friends, alumni and specially invited top end students under the artistic directorship of Stephen Wu. Together they will present a program of sublime string orchestra music and feature Brisbane based outstanding emerging young artist, David Freisberg performing the Boccherini Cello Concerto in D Major. 
Money raised from performances will go towards funding the NECOM scholarship program to assist students in paying for lessons given by visiting artists, extra workshop opportunities and the possibility of touring the orchestra to other regional towns.

Conductor: Stephen Wu 
Ensemble: NECOM teachers, students and friends
Guest artist: David Freisberg […]