2016 SCM Regional Tour

As part of our renewed commitment to regional NSW and the many conservatoriums that are connected to the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, we are delighted to announce our Early Music Ensemble will be touring to the Blue Mountains, Bathurst and Orange in late October.

Professor Anna Reid, Dean, has been the driving force behind this regional commitment, setting up a ‘buddy’ program in 2013, the ‘Richard Pulley Outreach and Regional Engagement Program’, with Associate Professor Jennifer Rowley, to provide opportunities for our Conservatorium students to connect with music students in regional areas via the NSW Conservatoriums network.

The SCM Early Music Ensemble, created in 2005 by its director Associate Professor Neal Peres Da Costa, is affiliated with arguably the most vibrant centre for the study of early music and historical performance in Australia. Our students learn from musicians who regularly perform with leading national and international ensembles that foster historically informed performance (HIP) such as Ironwood, Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Pinchgut Opera, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Salut! Baroque and English Baroque Soloists.

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Friday 28 October – Blue Mountains (school concert only – time to be confirmed shortly)
Winmalee High School
High School Drive, Winmalee NSW 2777

1pm, Saturday 29 October – Bathurst (public concert)
St. Michael and St. John’s Cathedral                                  
Cnr Keppel and William Streets, Bathurst NSW 2795
Tickets – adults $10 | $5 children/seniors/concessions – available from 12.30pm on the door on the day of the concert. All proceeds will go to the restoration of the Cathedral.

This is a very big weekend for the Bathurst Diocese as it is the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the first Bishop (Matthew Quinn) and the first seven Mercy Sisters from Ireland. It also marks the beginning of a new Diocesan Pastoral Council being commissioned.

2pm, Sunday 30 October – Orange (University of Sydney alumni event)
Highland Heritage Estate
129-133 Bathurst Road, Orange
Tickets – free, registration is essential

The Historical Performance Unit offers undergraduate or postgraduate tuition in a wide range of historical instruments including clavichord, harpsichord, fortepiano, lute, guitar, viola da gamba, trumpet, cornetto, sackbut, historical violin, viola, cello and bass, recorder, flute, oboe and bassoon. Chamber music and orchestral studies programs complement academic studies and students gain experience in the SCM Early Music Ensemble, performing four programs each year. Masterclasses from local and international artists supplement the student’s experience, and the Historical Performance Workshop provides hands-on feedback from teachers and peers.