Concerts & Events

Jan
20
Wed
2021 Open Day – Free Classes for Kids!
Jan 20 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
2021 Open Day - Free Classes for Kids! @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

Orange Regional Conservatorium 2021 Open Day

Learn all about the Orange Regional Conservatorium, find an instrument to inspire you, meet our tutors, join a choir or ensemble.

Come along to learn just what the ORC has to offer. Enrol in lessons with one of our many teachers across almost every instrument. Join our ever-growing groups, choirs, bands, orchestras and more. Take the tour and learn all about our growing community organisation.

FREE Introductory Classes for Kids ALL DAY!

Early Childhood Music, Singing for Kids, Beginner Brass, Djembe Drumming & Beginner Violin. No experience necessary!

Register Now! Spaces are limited.

Early Childhood Music Class – 10:00am

For ages 0-5 years, experience the joy of music making in this fun and interactive introduction to Early Childhood Music with Carmel Follent. Sing, dance, play instruments and more!

Young Singers – 10:30am & 12:30pm

Our Young Singers classes are an introduction to singing lessons in small groups for kids 5-10 years of age. Learn the fundamentals of music performance and theory through songs, games and activities. A great pathway into individual lessons and choirs.

Pbuzz – Brass for Beginners – 11:00am & 1:00pm

Brass instruments such as the Trumpet and Trombone are great fun to learn as a kid. Now the pBuzz makes it even more accessible to young beginners. A brightly coloured, lightweight new instrument designed to help kids start playing straight away. Try it out in this introductory session! Perfect for kids aged 5- 8.

Djembe Drumming – 11:30am & 1:30pm

The Djembe is a West African drum with a deep, rich sound. ORC percussion teacher Mitch Davis will guide young beginners through the fundamentals of traditional rhythms and technique. A great to start to learning drums in a group setting!

Beginner Violin – 12:00pm

Join Early Childhood Music expert Carmel Follent to learn the fundamentals of music through games, singing and music notation in a joyful group setting that will provide your child with a great start in music. Perfect for ages 3-6, parents and babies welcome to join in as well!

See You There!

Feb
1
Mon
Term 1 Regular Teaching Begins
Feb 1 all-day
Feb
12
Fri
2021 Program Launch: Caribé presents Havana Return
Feb 12 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
2021 Program Launch: Caribé presents Havana Return @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia
Traditional Cuban music meets contemporary jazz with Caribé’s Havana Return.

Drinks and Canapes from 6pm, performance begins at 6:30pm.

Dancer Adrian Medina and an 8-piece band will launch the 2021 ORC Program with an energetic and interactive show of Cuban dance, jazz, chanting and storytelling. Celebrate Orange Regional Conservatorium’s 2021 Program Launch with Caribé. This bountiful collaboration with Cuban dancer Adrian Medina and an 8-piece band is engaging and entertaining for wallflowers and hipshakers alike. Caribé’s Havana Return crafts Cuban traditional and classic forms in a contemporary way resulting in music that is unique and fresh. The percussion and rhythm section set up a crackling, thunderous bed for Medina to move and the group to solo over. Their enthusiasm and raw spontaneity is impossible to resist. “Rhythm is the spine and it is this heartbeat pulsing through everything”–Adrian Medina

Cuban dance, jazz, chanting, storytelling and participation.

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.

Feb
20
Sat
Australian Horn Quartet
Feb 20 – Feb 21 all-day
Australian Horn Quartet @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

AUSTRALIAN HORN QUARTET 

Concert – CANCELLED
Saturday 20 February | 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Due to illness, the Australian Horn Quartet can no longer perform, the masterclass and horn ensemble will continue as planned. We apologise for any inconvenience. Please seek tickets refunds at the ORC admin office.

 

Masterclass and Q&A
Sunday 21 February | 11:30am – 1:00pm

Everyone is invited to attend this event, which is a great opportunity to learn some of the secrets of playing a brass instrument, to ask those questions about playing you’ve always wanted to ask, or to find out about life as a student at the Sydney Conservatorium! A small number of students will be performing in the Masterclass, with the Quartet offering advice or tips on playing, performing or musical aspects of the performance. If you wish to perform in the Masterclass please let us know. (See contact information below). Preference will be given to horn (French horn) players, but more advanced players of other brass instruments are welcome to register their interest.
Masterclass Participation $15 | Free Entry for Audience

 

Horn Ensemble
Sunday 21 February | 2pm – 4pm

Horn players are welcome to join us for some ensemble playing, lead by members of the Quartet. We will have the opportunity to work on some ensemble skills whilst playing alongside our guests. Players of all standards are welcome, we will break into different groups as required.
Please RSVP if you are coming along, indicating approximate level of playing for repertoire purposes.

 

For further information or to RSVP for the masterclass or Horn Ensemble please contact ORC Admin – (02) 6361 7974, admin@orangecon.org.au

All events are held in the Auditorium of the Orange Regional Conservatorium
Orange Regional Conservatorium
73A Hill St, Orange NSW 2800

Presented by The Orange Regional Conservatorium in conjunction with The Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Feb
28
Sun
Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship
Feb 28 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

Bright Orange

Bohemian Rhapsodies

Sydney Symphony Orchestra Fellowship

Where better than Orange for the Sydney Symphony to bring the nation’s brightest new talent? As members of the Sydney Symphony Fellowship program, the ten young emerging professionals will be given their moment to shine. They’ll be performing music by Johann Stamitz and Anton Reicha (contemporaries of Mozart and Beethoven) and the sunny masterpiece that is Dvorak’s ‘American’ String Quintet. Discover our next generation of brilliant young stars as they bring you some rich and colourful gems from the former land of Bohemia, home to one of Europe’s most dazzling musical cultures. 

 

STAMITZ: Wind Quartet, Op.8 No.2

LANNER arr. Mnozil/Vail: Styrian Dances

MARTINŮ: Four Madrigals for oboe, clarinet and bassoon

REICHA arr. Holcombe: Four brass trios from Op.82

DVOŘÁK: String Quintet No.3, Op.97: ‘American’

Mar
19
Fri
The Silk Road | Concert 1 – From the East
Mar 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

2021 Chamber Music Series | The Silk Road

Travel across cultures, along the Silk Road from East to West with the musicians of the Orange Regional Conservatorium as your guide.

Over the span of four concerts listeners will be taken on a musical journey along the path of the Silk Road. Beginning in the Far East with music from Japan and China, through Russia and the Steppes, onto the Middle East before reaching our destination in Europe.

Music from or inspired by each region will feature across the series, classics will be heard alongside folk melodies in diverse and inspiring programs, drawing together the Conservatorium’s wealth of experienced musicians, themselves from a diversity of cultures.

Concert 1 | From the East

A musical journey from Japan & China in the Far East, traveling toward Russia and beyond! Featuring works by Hisaishi, Huanzhi, Shostakovich, Rimsky-Korsakov and more.

We start our journey in the east, where the sun rises. Folk songs of Japan will mix with modern works, through China into Russia, beginning our year-long trip down the Silk Road.

Mar
27
Sat
5, 6, 7, 8! – POSTPONED
Mar 27 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

 

Songs from the greatest Musicals of all time performed by the students & ensembles of the Orange Regional Conservatorium.

We can all name a song from West Side Story or The Sound of Music or Jesus Christ Superstar. Musicals have given us some of the greatest music of all time, now it’s time for us to celebrate the ‘music’ that makes the Musical .

Each year the students, choirs and ensembles of the Orange Regional Conservatorium join forces to present a themed concert. 2018’s ‘Beatlemania’ and 20129’s ‘That 70’s Concert’ were huge, sellout events and this year ‘5,6,7,8!’ will be no different.

Term 1 Ensembles Concert
Mar 27 @ 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Term 1 Ensembles Concert @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

An end of term concert featuring a selection of ORC choirs, bands and orchestras.

Unfortunately, we cannot yet hold the scheduled ‘5, 6, 7, 8!’ concert due to current covid restrictions. Instead, we will be presenting a smaller concert featuring a selection of Orange Regional Conservatorium choirs, bands and orchestras

Apr
1
Thu
Term 1 Concludes
Apr 1 all-day
Apr
8
Thu
Orange Chamber Music Festival
Apr 8 – Apr 11 all-day
Orange Chamber Music Festival

Come and celebrate the emerging and established musical talents the Orange Region has to offer.

8th to 11th April 2021

The Orange Chamber Music Festival is the new Art Music event of the Central West, featuring established Australian ensembles, domestic and local artists within a variety of locations, ranging from the concert stage to cellar doors and hatted restaurants.

Tickets to individual events are now on sale! The Festival features a great variety of performances and settings, for all tastes and ages.  The link below allows you to purchase a single event ticket or tickets to multiple events.

MORE INFORMATION AND TICKETS HERE

Apr
16
Fri
New Voices | A weekend workshop for singers & composers
Apr 16 @ 5:30 pm – Apr 18 @ 3:00 pm
New Voices | A weekend workshop for singers & composers @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

Join us for a weekend of workshops & concerts with leading musicians & mentors.

Over the weekend of 16 –18 April, our Artistic Director Brett Weymark, conductor Elizabeth Scott and pre-eminent composer, pianist and mentor Elena Kats-Chernin will be in Orange for our very first regional composer workshop. Hosted by the Orange Regional Conservatorium, the workshop seeks to involve local composers and singers.

Other works to be explored will be Kats-Chernin’s Human Waves and new works by James Henry. The weekend culminates in a wonderful Sunday afternoon concert for friends and families of everyone involved.

Our friends at Dimdima Wines will provide delicious wine to enjoy at the Sunday concert.

Friday 16 April – Sunday 18 April

Orange Regional Conservatorium

73a Hill Street | Orange

MORE INFORMATION AND FULL PROGRAM HERE

To register to be a part of this experience please email admin@orangecon.org.au or call 6361 7974

WORKS TO BE EXPLORED

Elena KATS-CHERNIN Human Waves
James HENRY
Murrgumurrgu

Other works from local composers

Brett Weymark musical director

Elizabeth Scott conductor
Elena Kats-Chernin composer, mentor, pianist

Elina Yasumoto, piano

Vocal Detour

Local choirs

Concert | Human Waves | Sunday 18 April, 2pm – FREE TICKET REGISTRATIONS HERE

Apr
19
Mon
Term 2 Commences
Apr 19 all-day
Apr
22
Thu
Arcadia Winds Workshop
Apr 22 all-day
Apr
23
Fri
Arcadia Winds
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Arcadia Winds @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

Doors open 6pm, performance begins at 6:30pm.

Musica Viva’s inaugural FutureMakers (2016/17), Arcadia Winds are making a great career for themselves. Since their ‘graduation’ from this innovative musical leadership program at the end of 2017, this superb group of musicians have released their eponymous debut EP, launched their own Australian composition prize, and are developing a unique online portal for Australian wind music.

This vivacious program finds the Arcadia Winds in their element: Pēteris Vasks’s delightful Music for Fleeting Birds and Taffanel’s G minor Quintet bookend a concert with Ravel’s beautiful Sonatine arranged for wind quintet, and the world premiere performances of Australian Cyrus Meurant’s new work All through an empty place I go.

Kiran Phatak flute

David Reichelt oboe

Lloyd van’t Hoff clarinet

Rachel Shaw horn

Matthew Kneale bassoon

“Captivating from the moment they took to the stage. Playing with great gusto and passion, these five uber talented musicians…stole the hearts of everyone in the crowd.” – The Adelaide Review

May
8
Sat
String Spectacular
May 8 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
May
14
Fri
PianoForte – Faculty Concert
May 14 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
PianoForte - Faculty Concert @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia
The staff and students of the Orange Regional Conservatorium Keyboard Faculty in concert.
Doors open 6pm, performance begins 6:30pm
Featuring –
Phil Rees
Donna Riles
Kate Rose
David Shaw
Elina Yasumoto
Lujia Zhang

Performing music by:
JS Bach , Percy Grainger, Karl Jennings , Albert Lavignac, Astor Piazzolla , and more.

May
20
Thu
Leanne Sullivan | Artist in Residence
May 20 – May 26 all-day

The Orange Regional Conservatorium invites you to join us for a week of trumpet lessons, a masterclass, discussions and a community brass ensemble session led by one of Australia’s most prominent trumpet players, Leanne Sullivan. Made possible with the support of the Godfrey Turner Memorial Music Trust and Musica Viva Australia.
Leanne grew up in regional NSW, going on to study the Trumpet at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. She has worked with many of Australia’s leading orchestras and is active as a teacher and lecturer in trumpet at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the University of Melbourne. She has also studied and worked in London and Europe. Leanne performs on both the modern trumpet as well as her specialty, the baroque trumpet. She is currently Principal Trumpet with the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, having also performed as soloist with them on a number of occasions. We are very excited to welcome Leanne to Orange to work with the many student and adult trumpet and cornet players in our community.
While in Orange Leanne will be working with many of our ORC ensembles, the City of Orange Brass Band and will be visiting several schools, including some of the regions Small Schools. She will also be offering the chance for trumpet players to have an individual lesson with her, or to sign up for a class. We hope you can join us for this exciting week of trumpet activities!

All activities are FREE of charge thanks to the support of the Godfrey Turner Memorial Music Trust and Musica Viva Australia.

Lessons

Sign up for a half-hour private lesson with Leanne at the Orange Regional Conservatorium. Bring some music you are working on.
Thursday 20th May | 3:30pm – 5pm 
Saturday 22nd May |11:00am – 12:30pm
Monday 24th May | 3:30pm – 5pm
Tuesday 25th May | 3:30pm – 5:30pm

SIGN UP HERE

Fundamentals of Trumpet Playing Class

A class for advanced trumpet players and students from approximately 5th Grade standard and up. This is a chance to fine tune your playing, discuss warm-up routines and discover ways to bring your technique up to the next level. Leanne will guide us through various exercises in this group class.
Saturday 22nd May | 9:30am – 10:30am – Limited to 6 participants for this class, ORC Studio 5
Sunday 23rd May | 9:30am – 10:30am – ORC Auditorium (no limit to participant numbers)
SIGN UP HERE

Masterclass

A Masterclass is a series of short open lessons. Up to 6 trumpet players will have the opportunity to perform a piece, or part of a piece, and benefit from Leanne’s extensive experience as both one of Australia’s leading trumpet players and teachers. Leanne will also perform a short work as part of the masterclass. The masterclass is open to everyone to attend as a member of the audience. There is no need to sign up to attend as an audience member, just remember to sign in using the QR code when you arrive. All trumpet players are invited to apply to be one of the 6 players to perform. There will be an opportunity for all audience members to ask questions at the end of the class.
Sunday 23rd May | 11am – 1pm – ORC Auditorium
SIGN UP HERE

Brass Ensemble

All brass players are invited to join us for an afternoon of playing. We will work on a piece or two for a large brass ensemble, ending the afternoon with an informal concert at about 3:30pm.
Sunday 23rd May 2pm – 4pm – ORC Auditorium
SIGN UP HERE

Choir CONobolas May 2021
May 20 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Choir CONobolas May 2021 @ The Hotel Canobolas | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

Belt out the classics, drink in hand! The Choir CONobolas is happening again.

We are delighted to announce that our choir, in a pub, is back!

Come along and sing the classics with us in a fun, totally judgement-free environment under the guidance of the Orange Regional Conservatorium’s expert choir conductors Samantha Bartholomeusz and Donna Riles.

All you need to do is register your place, and we’ll let you know which songs we are all singing leading up to the night.

So, where does your $10 go? All money raised goes straight back into making the Choir CONobolas better by providing expert choir conductors, sourcing sheet music and more. Choir CONobolas is run as a Not-For-Profit under the OneMusic Community Music Group initiative.

May
22
Sat
Music In My Suitcase | FREE Community Workshop
May 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Music In My Suitcase | FREE Community Workshop @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

Community musicians who are interesting in or play woodwind instruments, folk stringed instruments, percussion or sing are invited to partake in an interactive and engaging workshop with the musicians of the world music group Mara! 

Australians come from many different places. Iconic world music group Mara! will inspire students to listen to and understand each other by sharing music from multicultural Australia. Integrating music and dance, Music in my Suitcase gives students the opportunity to share their own languages and explore Australian history in this exciting program.

MARA KIEK voice
LLEW KIEK bağlama, bouzouki
TIM CLARKSON clarinet, flute, saxophone
STUART VANDEGRAAFF saxophone

“We’ve travelled the globe collecting music, but we’re most excited to share what we learned right here over the back fence. We can’t wait to discover what musical gems you have in your suitcase!” Mara Kiek from Music in my Suitcase

Supported by Musica Viva and the Godfrey Turner Memorial Music Trust

Music In My Suitcase | FREE Community Concert
May 22 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Music In My Suitcase | FREE Community Concert @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

Australians come from many different places. Iconic world music group Mara! will inspire students to listen to and understand each other by sharing music from multicultural Australia. Integrating music and dance, Music in my Suitcase gives students the opportunity to share their own languages and explore Australian history in this exciting program.

MARA KIEK voice
LLEW KIEK bağlama, bouzouki
TIM CLARKSON clarinet, flute, saxophone
STUART VANDEGRAAFF saxophone

“We’ve travelled the globe collecting music, but we’re most excited to share what we learned right here over the back fence. We can’t wait to discover what musical gems you have in your suitcase!” Mara Kiek from Music in my Suitcase

Details of the free workshop here

Supported by Musica Viva and the Godfrey Turner Memorial Music Trust

May
30
Sun
Ensemble Offspring | The Surge
May 30 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Ensemble Offspring | The Surge @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

Doors open 2:30pm, performance begins 3:00pm

The Award Winning Australian Music Collective. 

Sydney’s musical maverick Ensemble Offspring, unite the most innovative instrumentalists in Australia with a broad collective of collaborators to explore new ideas through living new music. Led by acclaimed percussionist Claire Edwardes, the ensemble comprises a core line-up of some of Australia’s most well-regarded and virtuosic musicians

The 1990s were a riot of transformation that redefined both Australia and the world. ‘Creative Nation’ announced the central role of art in life and society, while the Mabo decision set off a chain reaction culminating in Paul Keating’s historic Redfern Address and the Australian Parliament’s landmark Native Title Act in 1993. The internet began to insinuate itself into every corner of contemporary experience, reshaping everything it touched. The scientific community, meanwhile, spoke with increasing urgency of the mounting evidence of anthropogenic climate change, while politicians turned a deaf ear. What are the sounds of this crucial decade? Joined by Queensland band Topology and up-and-coming guitarists Andrew Blanch and Vladimir Gorbach, Ensemble Offspring revisits classics from the ’90s alongside five new commissions reflecting on the cultural, climate and political situations Australia finds itself in today. With video by Peachey and Mosig, this will be a multi-layered feast of music, ideas, lessons from the past and – with a little luck – hope for the decade ahead.

PROGRAM
Paul Mac – Redfern Address
Peter Sculthorpe – Tropica
Jessica Wells – Interludes WP
Robert Davidson – Net Surfing WP
Felicity Wilcox – Tipping Point WP
Nigel Westlake – Tall Tales but True

Performers
Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Jason Noble (clarinet)
Sonya Lifschitz (piano)
Veronique Serret (violin)
Ben Ward (double bass)
Andrew Blanch (guitar)
Vladimir Gorbach (guitar)
Peachey & Mosig (video)

 

Jun
5
Sat
Winter Crop – Adult Ensembles Concert
Jun 5 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Winter Crop - Adult Ensembles Concert @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia
A vintage crop of musicians present a perfect blend of songs and orchestral works to warm your spirit on a winter morning.

A vintage crop of musicians present a perfect blend of songs and orchestral works to warm your spirit on a winter morning.

Featuring:

Encore Orchestra

Adult String Ensemble

Adult Percussion Ensemble

Classical Guitar Ensemble

Simply Ukes

Classical Ukes

Orange Youth Orchestra | Concerto Concert
Jun 5 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Orange Youth Orchestra | Concerto Concert @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

The showcase concert of Orange’s finest young orchestral musicians, featuring 2021 Concerto Competition winner Eric Driver as soloist performing Ronald Binge’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra

After two decades, the Orange Youth Orchestra is still one of the great regional orchestral programs, equipping young musicians with advanced skills and repertoire in a supportive and social environment.

Each year, senior students of the Orange Regional Conservatorium partake in a Concerto Competition, auditioning to perform as a soloist with the Orchestra. The 2021 winner is young saxophonist Eric Driver, who will perform an alto saxophone concerto by 20th-century British composer Ronald Binge, under the guidance of teacher Laith Ismail and conductor Ben Macpherson OAM.

Jun
7
Mon
Semester 1 Studio Concerts Commence
Jun 7 all-day
Jun
11
Fri
The Silk Road – Concert 2 | Across the Steppes
Jun 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The Silk Road - Concert 2 | Across the Steppes @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

Doors open 6pm, performance begins 6:30pm

2021 Chamber Music Series | The Silk Road

Travel across cultures, along the Silk Road from East to West with the musicians of the Orange Regional Conservatorium as your guide. Over the span of four concerts, listeners will be taken on a musical journey along the path of the Silk Road. Beginning in the Far East with music from Japan and China, through Russia and the Steppes, onto the Middle East before reaching our destination in Europe.

Music from or inspired by each region will feature across the series, classics will be heard alongside folk melodies in diverse and inspiring programs, drawing together the Conservatorium’s wealth of experienced musicians, themselves from a diversity of cultures.

Concert 2 | Across the Steppes

Our musical journey continues across the Steppes of Eurasia towards the Middle East. Featuring traditional & classical works from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkmenistan and Russia.

Featuring ORC musicians James Buchanan, Laith Ismail, Leon Just, Stephanie Li, David Shaw, Emily Thorburn, Elina Yasumoto and Alina Zborowski.