Concerts & Events

Choir CONobolas March 2020 – CANCELLED
Mar 19 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
In the interest of our community members most at risk we have decided to cancel Choir CONobolas this month. We hope to return in next month. Thank you for your on going support.
Belt out the classics, drink in hand! The Choir CONobolas is happening again.

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 you place and we’ll let you know which songs we are all singing leading up to the night.

So where does you $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.

Chamber Music Series Concert 1 – Music for Seven Hands
Mar 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Chamber Music Series Concert 1 - Music for Seven Hands @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

2020 Chamber Music Series

Combining our love of education and performance.

In 2019, our annual Chamber Music Series tried something a little different. In the lead up to each concert the musicians visited local schools to demonstrate their instruments, perform selections of works and inspire young minds. After such a successful trial run we are pleased to offer this program again in 2020.

The professional musicians and teachers of the ORC are our greatest asset and invariably this series showcases just how talented and diverse they are. As always, there will be music from the greatest composers of all time, challenging modern works and original compositions.

Join us for these relaxed Friday evening concerts, the perfect way to wind down the week.

Concert 1 – Music for Seven Hands

Featuring works by Rossini, Doppler, Delibes and more, performed by Philip Rees, David Shaw, Alina Zborowski & Lujia Zhang.

Gioachino Rossini – Barber of Seville Overture

Franz Doppler – Duettino Hongrois

Léo Delibes – The Nightingale

Henryk Weiniawski – Romance, from Violin Concerto

Katy Abbott – Autumn Song

Charles Gounod – Funeral March of the Marionettes

and more!

5, 6, 7, 8! – CANCELLED
Apr 4 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
5, 6, 7, 8! - CANCELLED @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

Although it has been a difficult decision, we have decided to cancel the upcoming 5,6,7,8 concert in the interest of the safety of students, staff, audience and community members.
Although the event numbers would fall below current guidelines we consider a concert of this size to be an unacceptable risk at this time.
We will be offering refunds for all tickets. Through Eventbrite for online sales and the ORC office for tickets bought in person.

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 last year’s ‘That 70’s Concert’ were huge, sellout events and this year ‘5,6,7,8!’ will be no different.

Orange Chamber Music Festival
Apr 16 – Apr 18 all-day

Lior & Tinalley String Quartet – CANCELLED
May 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Lior & Tinalley String Quartet - CANCELLED @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

Lior & Tinalley String Quartet – CANCELLED


Through Nature to Eternity featuring Lior and Tinalley String Quartet.

Presented in association with Musica Viva Australia.

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

Singer/songwriter, Lior is renowned for his beautiful voice and lyrics that radiate truth and sincerity, and as the world searches for compassion and understanding, the importance of music as a means of communication cannot be undervalued. In this musical narrative of love, loss and compassion, Tinalley and Lior perform a new song cycle by Melbourne composer, Ade Vincent. Three of Dvorak’s rousing love songs from his collection of Cypresses; echoes of love cherished, tormented and forgotten, are paired with Barber’s haunting ‘Adagio’ from his String Quartet Opus 11 and Lior’s achingly haunting ‘My Grandfather’. In a final quest for peace, Lior and Nigel Westlake reimagine Sim Shalom (Grant Peace) from ‘Compassion’, merging the symphonic world with that of the string quartet.

Ravel’s effusive String Quartet opens the program. Critics and public alike rejected the quartet when it was first performed, and yet now it is one of the genres most beloved works. At times wistful and at other times melancholic, even devastating; the work is in itself a reminder of the changeable nature of public sentiment.

“A damn-near-perfect display of incisive and thoughtful music-making.” – Limelight Magazine

May 15 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Caribé - CANCELLED @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia
Caribé presents Havana Return, por favor – CANCELLED


“Rhythm is the spine and it is this heartbeat pulsing through everything”–Adrian Medina “Gai Bryant is one of the brightest lights in the local jazz scene.”– Financial Review “Lee McIver can successfully cross genres and yet also manage to remain refreshingly original”– Barry O’Sullivan Jazz and Beyond

Through a lens both retrospective and current, Caribe’s ‘Havana Return, por favor’ shares recollections of a first-generation Cuban migrant returning home after many years in Australia. This striking and varied stage production with its steamy Caribbean rhythms will transport the audience straight to the heart of Cuba.

Cuban dancer Adrian Medina exudes elegance, exoticism and Cubanissimo against a backdrop of archival footage from 70s and 80s Cuba accompanied by an 8-piece band. The culmination of this blend of skills is a unique stage performance, making the show a memorable experience. As Master of Ceremonies, Medina keeps up a narrative between the musical numbers, filling in the historical background with juicy anecdotes and humour. This is followed by a set of social dancing.

The group sound stems from Gai Bryant’s compositions and arrangements which embody a knowledge of traditional Cuban styles integrated with years of jazz experience. The result is a maverick interpretation of traditional and classic styles that are performed with élan and spirit.

Beethoven’s 9th – CANCELLED
May 23 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Beethoven's 9th - CANCELLED @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

Beethoven’s 9th – CANCELLED

Hear another side of a masterwork you love when KIAZMA Piano Duo performs Beethoven’s Symphony No.9, ‘Ode to Joy’, transcribed for two pianos by Franz Liszt. Irrepressibly dramatic, inspirational and uplifting, the Symphony is hailed among the greatest achievements in western music. Be surprised and delighted by this most famous of works as it is reborn through Liszt. Aura Go & Tomoe Kawabata have chosen to partner with the Orange Regional Conservatorium to present this exclusive concert, which will be the only performance outside of Melbourne and with a massed choir. Celebrating 250 years of Beethoven, this unique and exclusive performance is not to be missed.

Da Vinci’s Apprentice – CANCELLED
May 30 all-day
Da Vinci’s Apprentice - CANCELLED @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

Da Vinci’s Apprentice – CANCELLED


Every Child Can Be An Inventor

Roberta, a talented girl living in 16th century Italy, dreams of becoming an apprentice to the greatest inventor of all, Leonardo da Vinci. Along the way, she meets a trio of musicians equipped with the weird and wonderful instruments of their time. With jazz-infused music by Australian composer Sally Greenaway and script by writers Catherine Prosser and Paul Bissett, Da Vinci’s Apprentice encourages students to hear the music in the world around them, and inspires them to make their dreams a reality.

FREE Family Concert | Time: TBC

PianoForte – Faculty Concert LIVE STREAM
Jun 5 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
PianoForte - Faculty Concert LIVE STREAM @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

PIANOforte – Live Stream

Friday 5 June 2020 6:30pm

Our annual Piano Faculty Concert, streamed live to you! Although there won’t be an audience joining us in person, we invite everyone to watch this free Facebook live event, we promise it will feel like you are there with us. Watch the staff and students of our keyboard faculty perform works by Johannes Brahms, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Percy Grainger and more.

Featuring David Shaw, Philip Rees, Lujia Zhang and Kate Rose joined by students Elizabeth Kwa and Greta Seymour. Plus a very special guest, retired ORC teacher and a living legend of the piano, Meriel Owen.

View Live Stream Here:

Winter Crop – Adult Ensembles Concert CANCELLED
Jun 13 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Orange Symphony Orchestra – CANCELLED
Jun 14 @ 2:30 pm
This event has been cancelled.
New works, Old masterpieces
The OSO will start the year off with a concert featuring 2 new compositions. The first has been composed by local Noel Annett, music teacher at Orange Anglican Grammar School, entitled Sketches of Notre Dame. Four movements detail the rich history of the cathedral and music composition centred there through to the modern day disaster and future hope for rebuild. The second composer is a young Spaniard by the name of David Centenera Morate. His work, The Reflexion of the Red Moon is a work for piano, flute and orchestra and David will be travelling from Spain with his family to perform the piano part, alongside David Shaw performing the flute solo. The concert will conclude with Beethoven’s 6th Symphony, Pastorale which will celebrate Beethoven’s 250 year anniversary of his birth.
Noel Annett – Sketches of Notre Dame
i. Consecration
ii. Renaissance
iii. Fire and Ash
iv. Resurrection
David Centenera Morate – The Reflexion of the Red Moon
Ludwig van Beethoven – Symphony no. 6, “Pastorale”
ORC Chamber Music Series – Concert 2 CANCELLED
Jun 19 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

More details to come.

Orange Youth Orchestra 30th Anniversary Celebration Weekend POSTPONED
Jul 4 – Jul 5 all-day

More details to come.

Orange Youth Orchestra Concerto Concert POSTPONED
Jul 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

More details to come.

School Holiday AMEB Workshops
Jul 6 – Jul 8 all-day
School Holiday AMEB Workshops @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia
Entering an AMEB Exam this year? Then make sure to maximise you results by signing up for one of David Shaw’s AMEB Exam workshops.

Entering an AMEB Exam this year? Then make sure to maximise your results by signing up for one of David Shaw’s AMEB Exam workshops. There will be plenty of great performance advice, aural and sight-reading skills and general knowledge covered, no matter what instrument you play.

AMEB Exam Workshops

Monday 6 July

10am – 12pm ‘List A’ Performance Class (Prelim. – Grade 4)

1pm – 2pm Aural Skills (Prelim. – Grade 4)

2pm – 3pm Aural Skills (Grade 5 – Grade 8)

3pm – 4pm ‘List A’ Performance Class (Grade 5 – Cert Perf.)

Tuesday 7 July

10am – 12pm ‘List B’ Performance (Prelim. – Grade 4)

1pm – 2pm General Knowledge (Prelim. – Grade 4)

2pm – 3pm General Knowledge (Grade 5 – Grade 8)

3pm – 4pm ‘List B’ Performance Class (Grade 5 – Cert Perf.)

Wednesday 8 July

10am – 12pm ‘List C’ Performance Class (Prelim. – Grade 4)

1pm – 2pm Sight Reading (Prelim. – Grade 4)

2pm – 3pm Sight Reading (Grade 5 – Grade 8)

3pm – 4pm ‘List C/D’ Performance Class (Grade 5 – Cert Perf.)

‘List’ piece performance classes are an invaluable opportunity for AMEB students to rehearse and refine their exam pieces in a supportive environment with expert feedback from ORC Head of Piano David Shaw.

Aural skills, General Knowledge and Sight reading are the often-overlooked parts of an AMEB exam These classes provide expert and comprehensive tutoring in each of these areas, across all grade levels. A MUST for any every AMEB exam student

Alice Chance Composition Workshop
Jul 16 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Alice Chance Composition Workshop @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia
Thursday 17 July 9:30am – 3:30pm
Australian composer Alice Chance guides music students and teachers through her processes and technique.

The Orange Regional Conservatorium is proud to present a day long workshop with Australian composer Alice Chance for music students and teachers, while here in Orange working with Acacia Quartet.

Alice Chance’s works are performed in concert halls (Sydney Opera House, The Kennedy Centre, City Recital Hall Angel Place) and cathedrals (St Mary’s Cathedral Sydney, Stanford Memorial Church California, Trinity Church Wall St New York City.) But her music is also sung in studios, paddocks and showers all around Australia. A finalist in the APRA Art Music Awards 2018 and 2019, and a member of Australia’s national Eurovision Jury in 2019, Alice works across genres and with all kinds of musicians. Alice was the Music Director and Vocal Arranger of the Mathilda Award-winning musical FANGIRLS, premiered by Queensland Theatre, and Belvoir.

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra – CANCELLED
Aug 1 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra - CANCELLED @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

Unfortunately due to the COVID-19 situation this event has been cancelled.


Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra

The Souvenir

Rachael Beesley, director

Anneke Scott, natural horn

Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra is a world-class orchestra of leading Australian musicians who are dedicated to the performance of Classical and Romantic orchestral and chamber music repertoire in historically informed style on period instruments. The orchestra is thrilled to be performing for the first time in Orange and looks forward to sharing gorgeous program with you.

Tchaikovsky’s impressions of visiting Italy in the late 1800s were so profound that he composed one of the main themes of Souvenir de Florence while there. The Souvenir is a program of references and influences, and continues the Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra’s cycle of showcasing world-class soloists performing Mozart Concerti. This year’s featured artist is a regular guest – natural horn specialist Anneke Scott from London. She performs Mozart’s Horn Concerto No.3, a work that transports the instrument from its hunting-horn past into the modern age. Ms Scott also takes the lead in the prominent horn part of Beethoven’s Sextet for winds. The Souvenir opens with one of Mozart’s outdoor entertainment works for strings and timpani – a lively and humorous work from the Classical period.

“A remarkable musician, authority and expert on a notoriously tricky instrument, Anneke never forgets that performing is about communicating enjoyment and having the courage of one’s convictions. Concerts with Anneke are always a musical adventure!” Andrew Manze, conductor

Mozart Serenade No. 6 in D major Serenata Notturna 

Mozart Horn Concerto No.3 in E-flat major

Beethoven Sextet for winds in E-flat major Op. 71

Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence Op. 70

Sydney Symphony Fellowship Concert CANCELLED
Aug 15 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sydney Symphony Fellowship Concert CANCELLED @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia
The Sydney Symphony Fellows in Concert

Sydney Symphony Fellowship Program

Each year, exceptional musicians between 18 and 30 years of age are selected through a national audition process to participate in the intensive, year-long program which sees them immersed in the world of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra.

Under the guidance of Sydney Symphony Orchestra Principal Viola and Fellowship Artistic Director Roger Benedict, the Fellows receive the training and experience they need to secure full-time positions in professional orchestras. Fellows participate in a program of professional performance engagements with the Sydney Symphony, chamber orchestra performances, masterclasses with visiting international artists, involvement in the Sydney Symphony’s Learning and Engagement programs and outreach projects.

ORC Scholarship Applications Open
Aug 24 all-day
Arcadia Winds – CANCELLED
Sep 11 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Arcadia Winds - CANCELLED @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia
This vivacious program finds them in their element. Presented in association with Musica Viva Australia.

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

This vivacious program finds them in their element: Percy Grainger’s delicious Walking Tune and Júlio Medaglia’s exuberant South American-flavoured suite bookend two classics of the genre in Taffanel’s G minor Quintet and Barber’s beautiful, evocative Summer Music.

Kiran Phatak, flute

David Reichelt, oboe

Lloyd van’t Hoff, clarinet

Rachel Shaw, horn

Matthew Kneale, bassoon

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.

“As Arcadia Winds took to the stage…I realised I was about to become part of something very special.” – CutCommon

“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

Howling Winds CANCELLED
Sep 12 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Orange Youth Orchestra – Toddlers Proms CANCELLED
Sep 19 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
ORC Chamber Music Series – Concert 3 POSTPONED
Sep 25 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

More details to come.

Breaking the Silence – Mental Health Symposium & Concert
Oct 10 all-day
UPSTAGE NSW – Musical Theatre Workshop
Nov 22 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
UPSTAGE NSW - Musical Theatre Workshop @ Orange Regional Conservatorium | Orange | New South Wales | Australia

Orange Regional Conservatorium in collaboration with UpStage NSW is excited to present the UpStage Musical Theatre Workshop. Built with the aim of bringing high-quality music, dance and drama education to the Central West, UpStage is a high-quality, fun, engaging day that will inspire and empower your young performers.

Sessions will include Performance Skills, Voice, Drama, Dance and the Business of Theatre. Younger performers (aged 8-14) will develop their confidence in age-appropriate, fun, collaborative performance classes while older performers (15-18) will participate in tailored, small-group sessions focused on building a career as a performing artist. All participants will get to create a group performance for parents that showcases the learning they’ve done throughout the day.

This is a fun, creative workshop, designed to inspire future performers! Due to COVID-19 Distancing Restrictions, places are limited, so be sure to secure your place now!

This year, our Faculty for UpStage Orange are:

Jarrod Draper (Dance & Drama)

A proud Wiradjuri man, Jarrod is the first Indigenous graduate from the prestigious Music Theatre course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He was most recently seen in Catch Me if you Can at Hayes Theatre Co.

Billie Palin (Drama & Vocals)

Young and up-coming theatre sensation from Dubbo, Billie Palin took out first place and the audience choice award in the 2019 Sydney Cabaret Competition. She was most recently seen in Hayes Theatre Co’s “H.M.S. Pinafore” as the gender-bending Ralph Rackstraw.

Jessica Westcott (Vocals, Improv & The Business of Theatre)

Jessica Westcott is an Opera Singer, Theatre Producer and Choral Director originally hailing from Parkes, NSW. She is the Associate Producer at Hayes Theatre Co, performs with Opera Australia and is a Senior Conductor (NSW) for the Australian Girls Choir. She has a lifelong interest in improving arts education for Regional NSW.

How the day will run

9-10am: Introduction and Getting to know you activities
10-11:30am: Under 12 – Dance workshop with Jarrod, 12+ Singing workshop with Jess
11:30-11:45am: Recess
11:45 – 1pm Music Theatre Scenes with Billie and Jarrod
1-1:30pm Lunch
1:30 – 3pm Under 12 – Singing workshop with Jess 12+  Dance workshop with Jarrod
3pm – 4:15pm Under 12 – Improvisation and Stage Skills with Billie, 12+ Improvisation and Business of Music Theatre with Jess and Jarrod
4:15-4:30pm Break
4:30-5:15pm Preparation for group presentation
5:15 – 5:30pm Presentation for family and friends

All activities will be held in the various rooms of the Orange Regional Conservatorium, and we strictly enforce social distancing. We will make sure to obey the current NSW Health advice on singing in groups, we have adaptive plans to suit any restriction level.