Music Matters: August 2014

Posted by in MusicMatters | August 18, 2014


It is amazing what a difference our new teaching venue has made. The building is filled with beautiful music, happy kids, friendly parents and enthusiastic teachers. On top of that we now have a collection of fabulous local artwork. The Edward River Art Society has kindly agreed to display a number of paintings by members of their talented art group. Our foyer looks sensational. The paintings are for sale and the Art Society will be changing them over, each month.

Visitors and students will also be able to enjoy some amazing photographs taken by talented local photographers in the near future. You may have seen some of their work displayed in the Peppin Heritage Centre recently.

Art and music…..a perfect combination!! You are welcome to come and take a look during our opening hours.


Thursday 25th September 2014 at 7pm
162 Harding Street

SWM Association Members have been notified of the AGM by mail. Please not that there is a proposed amendment to the Constitution. Copies of the proposed amendment are available from the office during opening hours. Association Members have voting rights at the AGM. Interested members of the public are welcome to attend. In accordance with our Constitution, the rollover of Board members in 2014 involves 2 positions. Nominees need to be Members of the Association and have their nomination approved by the current Board.


Even if we don’t totally understand ‘the how’, the overwhelming view is that music enhances wellbeing. Studies have shown that both primary and high school aged students who are actively involved in the arts, including dance, visual arts and music are better motivated in the classroom and develop stronger self-esteem.

Music, in particular, sets off a flurry of activity in the brain, making all kinds of connections, which enhance the student’s ability to think creatively, improves aural and spatial awareness, verbal understanding and motor skills. Playing a musical instrument and singing has even greater side effects that benefit numeracy, literacy and concentration.

So if you were looking for a reason to take up a musical instrument, you need look no further.


A number of our students will be performing at the Primary Principals Conference in Moama in the near future. The sound of ukuleles will fill the conference room and those sounds will be made by the students of Moulamein and Blighty Schools. We wish them all the very best for this exciting performance and thank our teacher Will Eldridge for his input.


CONCERT 2: “LIOR” Vocalist / Guitarist
liorSaturday 9th August, 7pm at Multi Arts Centre SELL OUT!!

As expected, Lior was a sell out. “Lior” didn’t disappoint. It is little wonder that he is known for his dynamic and moving performances and has earned a reputation as one of Australia’s finest live performers. What an amazing coup for Deniliquin and an absolute treat for the huge crowd who were lucky enough to secure a ticket.


“ALUKA” Vocal Trio
Friday 24th October, 7.30pm at Peppin Heritage Centre

Aluka, are Melbourne’s finest experimental vocal group, who use the flexibility and emotional stronghold of human voice to its greatest advantage. Forming in 2008, they never set out to sing without instruments – they just enjoyed singing together so much that it seemed to naturally evolve.

Pre Purchase tickets are $25
At the door $30
Under 18 years $5








Music Education – Good for kids?

Posted by in Uncategorized | August 7, 2014

Check out “Music Education and the Brain” by Anita Collins on Vimeo.

The video is available for your viewing pleasure at

“Lior” plays in Deni 9th August

Posted by in Uncategorized | July 24, 2014

Don’t miss the chance to see one of Australia’s finest singer/songwriters in this one-off intimate solo show! Lior will share his dynamic and moving music at the Multi Arts Centre, Deniliquin on Saturday August 9th at 7.00pm. Tickets are $35 pre-purchased, $40 at the door, $5 for under 18’s and they are selling fast. Seats are limited.

Call South West Music – (03) 5881 4736.

Go to our website for more information:

Music Matters: July 2014

Posted by in MusicMatters | July 11, 2014

It is with regret we announce that Mark Wilson has resigned as Director of South West Music. We wish him well in his future endeavours.
The Board has begun the recruitment process and Cheryl Fuller has returned in a caretaker role until an appointment is made.

Deniliquin Business Awards
Congratulations to all the organisations whose fine work was acknowledged at last week’s Business Awards. South West Music was happy to support our local Business Chamber by providing a musical performance by one of our outstanding students, Anna Bowie. Anna gave an impressive performance by singing and playing guitar.

“Sing, Dance, Play and Laugh”

deel2For little musos aged 2-4 years and their parents SWM is very excited to announce a new program to be run by our Early Childhood specialist teacher, Delena Gaffney. Tiny Tots Music Playtime is an early childhood music class designed to give young children and their parents an experience of active music making.
Children will sing, listen, bounce, tickle, dance, chant and play instruments (with mums and dads joining in too!!)
Sessions will run at SWM on Thursdays 11.00am till 11.30am. Classes start on 17th July. Limited spaces are available.
For bookings and enquiries please call our office on 5881 4736.



The recent concert for families by “The Mudcakes” was well attended with over 80 people singing, dancing and playing instruments in our new Concert Hall. The talented duo also presented a Kazoo & Ukulele Workshop later in the afternoon, which was attended by over 20 enthusiastic musicians.


CONCERT 2: “LIOR” Vocalist / Guitarist

Saturday 9th August, 7pm at Multi Arts Centre
Bookings are essential as space is limited.
“Lior” is known for his dynamic and moving performances and has earned a reputation as one of Australia’s finest live performers.
This is an amazing coup for Deniliquin.

Invoices for Term 3 have already been sent out to our enrolled students and the due date was 20th June. Payments can be made online. Prompt
payment will guarantee your current time slot on the timetable.
New enrolments are also welcome. Contact our Administration Officer Chris van Zeyl on 5881 4736.
Our offi ce hours are:
8.30-3.00 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
1.00-5.00 Wednesdays

Music Matters: June 2014

Posted by in MusicMatters | June 3, 2014

Hello and welcome to Music Matters.

Concert Series Project Officer Delena Gaffney with Enigma

Concert Series Project Officer Delena Gaffney with Enigma

As I write this column we have just wrapped up the first of our three part concert series. If you were among the audience at the recent Enigma concert I hope you enjoyed the show. Congratulations to Steph Gordon who was the lucky winner of two free tickets as part of our Facebook competition. For our next concert in August we will be welcoming Lior. We will also be holding another competition to win free tickets for this performance.
Stay tuned for more details.

Music for Little Monkeys
mudcakesAs a father to two young children myself, I know as well as anyone how tough it can be to keep your little darlings entertained. I swear, if I see ‘Frozen’ one more time I may not be held accountable for my actions… Which is why I’m so excited about The Mudcakes coming to town. Quirky, funny and interactive, you can expect The Mudcakes to have you and your youngsters up and dancing to their range of original bluegrass, rock, reggae, Hawaiian, surf and pop songs. Described as “perfect for the 0 to 8 set,” The New York Times have ranked The Mudcakes among the top 10 for kid’s music. The show will be held on Sunday June 15th from 11am till 12pm at South West Music headquarters, behind the Caltex service station on Hardinge Street. Tickets cost $5 per child, with free entry for accompanying adults. There’s plenty of free parking, so if you’ve got little ones why not come along. Afterall, everyone loves Mudcake, right?

Tessa Bulmer, Ruby Wallace & Chelsea Free at the Interreach Celebrations

Tessa Bulmer, Ruby Wallace & Chelsea Free at the Interreach Celebrations

Intereach Celebration
South West Music was delighted to provide music at the recent Intereach 40th anniversary celebrations. Four of our students took to the stage and the girls really did themselves and us proud. Congratulations to the good folk at Intereach, wishing you many more successful years ahead.

It’s never too late to learn
My wife gave me a sitar for Christmas a few years ago. I think she thought it might be a challenge for me, and maybe keep me out of trouble. She was right, it was a challenge and she spent some of Christmas Day sitting by herself while I tinkered with my new toy. But it was also tremendous fun to learn something new, enjoy a new sound and pretend to be Ravi Shankar. The moral of this story is that it is never too late to learn an instrument. Whether you’re 5 or 105, if you’ve always wanted to learn to play or sing, don’t let anything hold you back. My Nanna was still rocking her keyboard well into her 70s! If you want to learn, or relearn an instrument, give South West Music a call and we can offer advice or assist you to find a tutor. And as for my sitar, well the Mrs took her revenge for that lonely Christmas a few years later, when she “accidentally” broke it during a house move. I’ve got a new one now. Not that she’s allowed anywhere near it!

Music Matters May 2014

Posted by in MusicMatters | May 6, 2014

markwilsonHello and welcome to my first ever Music Matters column.My name is Mark Wilson and I’m the new Director of South West Music.

Since we arrived in Deniliquin in February I’ve been amazed and delighted at the warm reception my family and I have received. I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who has taken the time to stop us for a chat or just a friendly word of welcome, it was a big change for us to move here from sunny, tropical England (cough, cough) and your kindness has really helped us settle in. Judging by my Australian Mother-in-law’s reaction the first time she met me I thought people might struggle a bit with my accent, but so far everyone has done really well to understand my northern English tones without the need for a translator!

It has become obvious to me very quickly that Deniliquin is a town of music lovers. I’ve already encountered a great number of extremely talented singers and musicians as well as some gifted learners and students. But for me, the important thing about music is that it is fun! If you’ve always wanted to learn to sing or play an instrument, but have held off because you think you can’t do it or are shy then I’d urge you to give it a go. Sure, you might never rival Jimi Hendrix, but if you enjoy yourself then what does it matter?

South West Music has new home! Over the Easter break we moved into our new premises on Hardinge Street, behind the Caltex service station. Equipped with four studios, band room and a large concert hall. We’re all unpacked and settled in now and are thrilled with our new headquarters… but if I never see another moving box again it will be too soon! We will be holding an open day at our new premises in the not too distant future so watch this space for more info.

C’mon, be our Facebook friend!
In collaboration with South West Arts, we are running another fabulous concert series this year. The series will see us welcome three great acts to Deniliquin, kicking off with Enigma on Sunday 25th May at 2pm. Tickets cost $30 pre-purchase, $35 at the door or $5 for under 18s.

Enigma are a string quartet acclaimed for their vibrant and dynamic performance style. Their shows are typically an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary music, appealing to young and old alike.

You may have already seen the quartet in action during one of their appearances on Australian Idol, the Today Show, Sunrise, Mornings with Kerri-Anne and Domestic Blitz.

The venue for the Enigma concert has now changed from The Uniting Church to South West Music’s new headquarters. Well if we have a concert hall, we may as well use it!

If you want a chance to see Enigma for FREE, we are running a competition to give one lucky person two free tickets for this event. All you have to do to be in with a chance to win is to visit South West Music’s Facebook page and become our friend, post a comment or like a post between today and May 19th. The draw will be made on May 19th when I will contact the lucky winner.

There are still some concert series subscriptions available, these cost $75 and allow you to attend all three events. Contact South West Music on 5881 4736 for more information or to book your subscription.

Music Matters: April 2014

Posted by in MusicMatters | April 1, 2014

Our Term 1 programs are running smoothly and I would It is with great pleasure and excitement that I am able to announce we have appointed a new Director of our Conservatorium. Mark Wilson, along with his wife and family, has recently relocated to Deniliquin from England. Mark has a strong connection with Deniliquin as his wife grew up in
the district and he has been visiting family here for a number
of years.
Mark is an accomplished musician, playing guitar and drums and he has performed extensively in England, including the Glastonbury Festival. Some of you may have seen him perform at the last Muso Night here in Deniliquin.
Much of Mark’s working background has been in Finance Management and Administration and these skills will be invaluable for the smooth running of our organisation. I look forward to introducing Mark to our SWM families and the wider community over the coming days. He will commence duties next week.
This will be my final Music Matters column as Acting Director of South West Music Regional Conservatorium. I have thoroughly enjoyed the last 18 months and I sincerely thank the Board, Chris van Zeyl our Administration Officer and our teachers for their support and hard work.
We are extremely fortunate to have a Regional Conservatorium located in our small town and I know from my many conversations with parents, schools, politicians and community members, that the work we do to promote and deliver music education is valued enormously.
Once again, I would like to remind our students and parents that we are still operating from our current premises in George Street. Our new building in Hardinge Street is up to the painting stage. An exact move in date is not
yet clear.
I look forward to seeing you at the Blues and Roots Festival!

New enrolments are always welcome. Please contact our Administration Officer, Chris van Zeyl to organise an enrolment package. Chris can be contacted on 5881 4736 or
Invoices for Term 2 have already been sent out to our enrolled students. Payment is due by 4th April and can be made online. Payment by the due date will guarantee your current time slot on the timetable.
Our office hours are:
8.30-3.00 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
1.00-5.00 Wednesdays

Catrina Paul

Catrina Paul

For a number of years now South West Music has delivered music tuition using the very latest videoconference technology. Local students have received lessons in violin, cello and voice from teachers at the Riverina Conservatorium in Wagga. Our own teacher, Chris Bodey has also delivered guitar lessons to a student at Hay High School. This term, Ashma Spalding and Catrina Paul are learning the violin via videoconference. Each Saturday morning the girls come to our studio, switch on the large screen and tune into their lesson with Tamaris Pfeiffer who sits in front of her own screen in Wagga. Both girls began learning the violin at around 10 years of age. Ashma was inspired to take up the instrument when she saw a violinist play on the television as a young child in Japan, and Catrina fell in love with the violin watching her father and older sister play. They love their lessons with Tamaris and they are making excellent progress.

Launch of the Deniliquin Subscription
Concert Series
The dates and venues for our 3 Subscription Concerts can be viewed on our website. You can see all three concerts including “Lior”, for only $75.

“THE BEGGARS” – Bush Concert Series
Large audiences attended performances by The Beggars at
Blighty and Mathoura. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Congratulations to both communities on supporting two terrific musical events.

So much of our conversation is about the importance of music education for children but the benefits of music are not limited to a particular age group. We have a number of adults enrolled in our programs. Lesson times can be flexible to fit in with working hours or school hours. The frequency of lessons can also be flexible.

The Beggars

Posted by in Uncategorized | March 6, 2014

Our Bush Concert Series begins this month and it’s a beauty.

The Beggars will perform 2 concerts. The first of these will be held on 21st March at the Blighty Hall at 6.30pm and the second performance will be at the Mathoura Shire Hall on Sunday 23rd March at 2pm.

The Beggars sing hits from Peter, Paul and Mary, Mamas and the Papas, The Seekers, The Weavers and the Bee Gees as well as performing their own compositions.

For more information call South West Music on 58814736.

Download The Blighty Beggars Poster Here

The Bush Concert Series is a joint project between South West Music and South West Arts.

2014 Concert Series Launch Friday 7th March

Posted by in Uncategorized | March 5, 2014

Come along to our Launch tomorrow night here at South West Music at 7pm. You will be the first to hear the announcement of our line of artists for 2014 and prepare to be amazed! Subscriptions for the Deniliquin Concert Series will go on sale for $75 for 3 concerts. Payment can be made by cheque, cash or card. Supper, drinks and entertainment by teachers and students provided.

RSVP by phoning 58814736 by 3pm today.

Music Matters March 2014

Posted by in MusicMatters | March 3, 2014

Our Term 1 programs are running smoothly and I would like to particularly welcome all of our new students to South West Music. We hope you enjoy your musical journey with us. If you would like to receive our Facebook posts then please “Like” us on Facebook.
We currently have around 150 children and adults, receiving individual lessons in piano, flute, voice, violin, guitar, ukulele and drum kit. Our qualified teachers deliver lessons during school hours and after school.
The Young Musicians Club continues to provide pre-instrumental music to 4 to 8 year olds and 9 to 13 year olds and is delivered by Delena Gaffney. Delena also delivers curriculum based classroom music to the students of St Michael’s.
Our newest classroom program is the Blighty School Ukulele program, which is delivered to the Year 3 to 6 students by Chris Bodey. The Blighty community will no doubt love the sounds of the ukulele.
When we take all of our programs into account, our Regional Music Conservatorium is providing music education programs to around 320 people. Whilst we are one of the smallest Regional Conservatoriums in the State, we are also the fastest growing Regional Conservatorium.
Our core business is certainly music education and an important part of that is access to performances by professional musicians. Attending concerts is a source of inspiration to continue in your instrument, it broadens your musical knowledge and opens up musical opportunities. In today’s article you will learn about the first of our Bush Concerts. I would urge all of our students to take up every opportunity to attend our Bush Concerts and the Deniliquin Concert Series.
Finally, I would like to remind everyone that we are still operating from our current premises in George Street. You will be the first to know when we are ready to move into our new premises.

Enrolments are always welcome. Please contact our Administration Officer, Chris van Zeyl to organise an enrolment package. Chris can be contacted on 5881 4736 or
Our office hours are:
8.30-3.00 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
1.00-5.00 Wednesdays

South West Music brings an exciting line up of professional musicians to our region. The 2014 Deniliquin Concert Series and the Bush Concert Series are organised in partnership with South West Arts and they are funded by Arts NSW as well as our local sponsors – Deniliquin Council, Conargo Shire, Deniliquin Party Hire, Glowreys Riverina Law Firm, Wired Entertainment, Deniliquin Newsagency & Bookstore and the Charlotte Street Dental Centre.
Friday 7th March: Launch of the Deniliquin Subscription Concert Series
All music lovers are invited to the Launch of our Deniliquin Concert Series, which will be held on Friday 7th March at 7pm at 365 George Street. The dates and venues for our 3 Concerts will be announced and subscriptions will go on sale for $75. Supper and drinks will be provided and you will be entertained with some beautiful music from our teachers and students.



The first of our 2014 Bush Concerts is “The Beggars”, reputedly the best Australian vocal band since The Seekers! They sing hits from Peter, Paul & Mary, Mamas and The Papas, The Seekers, The Weavers and The Bee Gees. They will perform 2 concerts plus a Workshop for the students at Mathoura Public School.
Friday 21st March at Blighty Hall. Doors open at 6.30pm, tickets are $20, which includes dinner. Please reply to Conargo Shire on 5880 1200. The Shire is providing free buses from Wanganella, Pretty Pine and Deniliquin.
Sunday 23rd March at Mathoura Shire Hall. Starts at 2pm, tickets are $15, which includes afternoon tea, under 18’s gold coin. Please reply to South West Music or Heidi Glenn on 0429 091712