Free Sunday Afternoon Concert 17th November 2013

Posted by in Uncategorized | November 27, 2013

Our recent Sunday Afternoon Concert was a huge success with over 100 people attending. The beautiful Uniting Church provided the perfect acoustic for a program of stunning music. Local musician, Catherine Browning, soprano was accompanied on piano by Claire Lamb. Their program included Schubert, Schumann, Mozart, Bizet, Purcell, Dvorak and Haydn. Claire also presented two piano solos, Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven and Clair du Lune by Debussy. The audience was on their feet demanding an encore from Catherine and Claire, which came with an exquisite rendition of Panis Angelicus by Cesar Franck. Support acts were provided by Imogen Mann on cello and Tomoko Spalding on piano. Imogen performed a Bach Prelude and a moving piece by Ernest Block titled “Prayer from Jewish Life”. (Imogen is a past student of South West Music and is about to sit her AMEB 8th Grade exam.) Tomoko played Beethoven’s Pathetique piano sonata and a Chopin Valse.

Perhaps Sunday Afternoon Concerts provided by some of our home grown talent will become a regular item on our calendar!!

Music Matters: November 2013

Posted by in MusicMatters | November 4, 2013

Last month I was able to announce that our application for funding from NSW Department of Education and Communities for the 2013/14 to 2015/16 triennium was successful. This funding of $150,000 per annum is a substantial increase from our previous annual funding of $130,000 and will cover approximately 40% of the running costs of our Regional Conservatorium.
This month I am pleased to announce that our 2014 Concert Series is now assured through funding from Arts NSW. Our joint application with South West Arts was successful and we will receive $39,390. We look forward to providing Deniliquin and neighbouring communities with some more wonderful music in 2014.
Finally, we wish our 7 piano students who are sitting their AMEB exams early in December, the very best of luck.
-Cheryl Fuller, Acting Director


Emma-Rose Hewitt

Emma-Rose Hewitt, Moulamein Public School
Emma-Rose is in her third term of learning guitar with our teacher, Will Eldridge who is based in Moulamein. Emma-Rose has been a very motivated student and her positive energy and enthusiasm has made the journey so far, very rewarding. Will says, “She has developed her musical skills with ukulele (as part of the school Music program) as well as guitar. This has allowed her ‘musical ear’ to adapt to both instruments and enabled her to play several songs from memory.” She has performed at the School Assembly and is looking forward to future performance opportunities. Emma-Rose also loves to sing and “Travelling Soldier” by the Dixie Chicks is one of her favourites.

Catherine Browning (Soprano) & Claire Lamb (Piano)
Sunday 17th November at 2pm, Uniting Church
You are invited to a musical treat! Talented local musicians Catherine Browning and Claire Lamb will perform some of their favourite classical pieces on 17th November at 2pm at the Uniting Church. This performance has been a long held dream for Catherine and she is thrilled to have the considerable talent of Claire on piano to accompany her. South West Music is delighted to support this concert. There could not be a better way to spend your Sunday afternoon.

Sunday 1st December at 2pm at Intereach
Each year our teachers showcase a number of their students at our annual Christmas Concert. Public are invited so please come along and be impressed by our talented musicians.
As well as the Christmas Concert, our students will be involved in a range of performances this term including Piano and Young Musicians Club end of year concerts with Delena, Drumkit end of year concert with Campbell, school assembly performances, end of year Presentation performances, busking in the main street, the December Muso’s night and St Michael’s Fete.

Teranga – African Band
Our final Concert was a great success with over 200 people attending in Deniliquin and around 50 in Moulamein. It was wonderful to see so many children soaking up the African rhythms.
One of the highlights of Teranga’s visit to Deniliquin was their involvement in Percussion Workshops which were held at Yallambee. The Yallambee community absolutely loved their time with the musicians and they produced some wonderful music. School aged children and a few lucky adults also joined in with one of the workshops.

Teranga & Yallambee

Yallambe community enjoying the drumming workshop with Teranga

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Music Matters: October 2013

Posted by in MusicMatters | October 1, 2013
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I am pleased to announce that our application for funding from NSW Department of Education and Communities for the 2013/14 to 2015/16 triennium has been successful. Our organisation has demonstrated a growth rate of over 40% during the period from 2010-2012. With our funding assured for another three years we can continue to deliver high quality music education and performance programs in our region. All we need now is a permanent home.

Office bearers have now been elected for our 2013/14 Board of Management as follows:
Chairperson-Helen Burnham, Vice Chairperson-Francie Cullenward,
Secretary-Anne McAtamney, Treasurer-Geoff Mann
Committee Members-Jane Harris, Jane Glowrey, Mary Armstrong.
Deniliquin Council Delegate-Andrew Howley.

Anne McAtamney, Helen Burnham, Francie Cullenward, Geoff Mann, Jane Harris. Absent: Mary Armstrong, Jane Glowrey, Andrew Howley.

Anne McAtamney, Helen Burnham, Francie Cullenward, Geoff Mann, Jane Harris. Absent: Mary Armstrong, Jane Glowrey, Andrew Howley.

TERM 4 ENROLMENTS – Lessons begin on Tuesday 8th October
Continuing Students:
Many thanks to those who have paid their invoices by the due date of 13th September. Students are placed on the Term 4 roster once payment is received. To avoid the disappointment of missing your first lesson, please finalise payments immediately. Payments may be made online, by cheque or by phoning with your credit card details.
Our office hours are:
8.30-3.00 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
1.00-5.00 Wednesdays
However, our Administration Officer will be on leave on Wednesday 2nd October and Thursday 3rd October.
New Students:
New students may enrol at any time. Please contact Chris van Zeyl,
the Administration Officer on 5881 4736 or email her at and ask for an enrolment package.
In order to be placed on the teacher’s timetable in any of South West Music’s programs, you must complete 2 steps:
1. Submit a completed enrolment form
2. Pay your invoice
Once you have completed both Steps 1 and 2 then you will be placed on the teaching roster.

Teranga – African Band
18th October: 5:30pm, Moulamein Football Oval, Tickets $10
19th October: 4pm, Waring Gardens, Deniliquin (FREE)
TerangaTeranga is an exciting African Band. They are part of the Musica Viva program and have travelled extensively around the state performing and teaching in schools. Those who attended the Sousaphonics Concert will see one familiar face amongst the band – Sam who played the sousaphone and trumpet is also a member of Teranga. To find out more about them go to and follow the links to Education/Performers. This concert will be one for all the family. We hope to see the sun shining on 19th October and some interesting sounds and beats in Waring Gardens. Our wet weather back up venue is St Michael’s school hall.

Teranga will share a drumming workshop with Yallambee clients on Saturday 19th October from 12pm. There will be lots of excitement amongst our friends at Yallambee and we hope to see them all at the afternoon concert.

We are able to offer a limited number of places for a Drumming Workshop to school aged students on Saturday 19th October from 10.30am – 11.30am. The Workshop will be held at Yallambee
142 Napier St. The cost is $10. Register by contacting South West Music on 5881 4736. “First in best dressed”.

Music Matters: September 2013

Posted by in MusicMatters | September 3, 2013
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Our Regional Conservatorium is still looking for a permanent home.
Whilst we would love to see the Town Hall developed into an Arts and Cultural precinct with the Conservatorium under that roof, at this stage the funds are not available. As well as continuing our conversation with the Deniliquin Council we have been pursuing a number of other alternatives including the old Maternity Wing at the hospital, Department of Education buildings, other Government Department buildings and private landlords. All suggestions and ideas are welcome.

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Music Matters: August 2013

Posted by in MusicMatters | August 3, 2013
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South West Music is a member of the New South Wales Association of Regional Conservatoriums. There are currently 18 community music schools or centres that are members of this Association. You will find conservatoriums in small towns like ours and in larger population centres such as Wollongong and Central Coast.
Most conservatoriums, like ours, started small and were set up by a few devoted community members who were passionate about music.

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