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.

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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.

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