NECOM Then and Now – Sam Russell

NECOM has now been in operation for 16 years. In that time we’ve seen many students grow up with the programs offered by the Conservatorium. Thanks to a very large photo archive and with the […]


Bell & Tedeschi ‘Bright Star’ Concert Review

Bright Star Concert in Armidale Town Hall Saturday August 31st, presented by Musica Viva Armidale and the New England Conservatorium of Music in association with Musica Viva Australia. Reviewed by Inge Southcott What a treat […]


Creative Kids Vouchers Update

At the beginning of 2019, the NSW Government launched the Creative Kids rebate program, allowing families to claim up to $100 for each eligible school enrolled child towards the cost of lesson and activity costs, […]


New England Festival Float

Hot on the heels of NECOM’s “Grand Champion Float” win in 2018, the Conservatorium again entered a float in this year’s parade, which was changed from the “Autumn Festival” to the “New England Festival”. 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 […]


Walk Through the Orchestra

The annual Armidale Youth Orchestra “Walk Through The Orchestra” was a huge success this year. In conjunction with international “Make Music Day”, 100 preschool and 200 primary school students enjoyed live orchestral music in the […]

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 […]


Teacher Spotlight – Arlene Fletcher

Arlene Fletcher started her classical Double Bass training as a scholarship student of NECOM back in 2004. This passion for the instrument extended into her undertaking the Bachelor of Improvisation Music degree at the Victorian […]