Past Events

Christmas Concert - December 2018

Christmas ConcertIn early December the Nambucca Valley Arts Council welcomed student musicians from Chatswood High School and from Valla for a Christmas Concert on Saturday December 8.

The concert featured the Chatswood High School Wind Orchestra and the Chatswood High School Big Band, both under the direction of Gavin Staines OAM who has been the Band Director since the program commenced in 1980. The musicans visit Nambucca Heads as part of their annual tour of the Mid Coast and North Coast of NSW and the year ends with a performance in the Concert Hall of the Sydney Opera House. Earlier in 2018 the students toured the USA visiting Los Angeles, Chicago,and concluded with a performance at Carnegie Hall in New York

The concert also included performances by the Valla Voices, a local group of students with musical directors Bonnie Nilsson and Paul Jarman. The Valla Voices performed unaccompanied, and the concert concluded with a second set in combination with the Wind Orchestra. The picture (above) shows the Valla Voices on stage with the Chatswood High School Wind Orchestra resting after their performance.

Sydney Conservatorium concert - August 2018

PerformersOnce again the Nambucca Valley Arts Council was honoured to host musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium on Saturday August 11 at 2pm at the Nambucca Community Arts Centre.

This year the talented musicians were, from left to right, Brian Bae on soprano saxophone, Angus Key on alto saxophone,Tom Spencer on tenor saxophone, and Samuel Dong on baritone saxophone. The quartet will be accompanied by David Miller on piano.

David Miller, who has been on the staff of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music since 1980, is widely recognized as one of Australia’s leading pianists, chamber musicians and vocal accompanists. He has been appointed as a member of the Order of Australia for his service to music.

The repertoire included music by several composers including Jean Baptiste Singelee, Takashi Yoshimatsu, Michael Nyman, Michael Torke, Pierre Max Dubois, Johan Sebastian Bach, Marc Mellits, Pedro Iturralde, Barry Cockroft, and Astor Piazolla. Arrangements included solo repertoires, duo repertoires and the quartet.

As usual the musicians put on a wonderful performance enjoyed by all.

Mothers Day Concert - May 2018

2018 Mothers Day

In May 2018 we hosted a Mothers Day Concert by The Lyrico Ensemble who presented Music from Celtic Lands

The ensemble, comprising Lissa-­‐Käthe Schonegge along with Linda Frame, Fiona McDonald, and Bob Thompson, played music drawn from the essence of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, Sweden, Germany and more.

 

 

 

Biennial Art Exhibition - September 2017

Winning EntryOur 2017 Biennial Art Exhibition was a great success with 130 artists, both local and from Sydney, Brisbane and country NSW entering their works.  A total of 350 paintings were hung.

There were 12 Sections in the Show, including traditional and non-traditional work, watercolour and pastel sections, photography, youth art, drawing, miniatures and craft. 

Over $6,500 worth of prizes were won with the overall prize being a collaborative work by Tonya McIver and Ray Rixon from Coffs Harbour entitled ‘Fauve Afternoon’ shown left with pianist Phyllis Rae-Lloyd who performed during the exhibition.

The work was judged by Niomi Sands, Curator of the Gallery at The Glasshouse, Port Macquarie and the show was opened by the Nambucca Shire Mayor, Rhonda Hoban.

Sydney Conservatorium concert - August 2017

PerformersOnce again the Nambucca Valley Arts Council was honoured to host musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium on Sunday 6th August at 2pm at the Nambucca Community Arts Centre.

This year the talented musicians included Jessica An and Rachel Williams on violin, Maria Fedotov on Viola, Alisdair Guiney on cello, Will Nichols on harp with David Miller on piano.

David Miller, who has been on the staff of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music since 1980, is widely recognized as one of Australia’s leading pianists, chamber musicians and vocal accompanists. He has been appointed as a member of the Order of Australia for his service to music.

The repertoire included chamber music featuring ‘The Swan’ from ‘Carnival of the Animals’ and pieces from Borodin, Haydn, Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. Solo pieces include Vieuxtemps, Prokofiev, Bach and Ravel on violin, Brahms & Weber on Viola, Tchaikovsky, Bach and Brahms on Cello and Elias Parish Alvars, Hindemith and Louis Spohr on harp.

As usual the musicians put on a wonderful performance enjoyed by all.

 

Mothers Day Concert - May 2017

Julee Andrews

The Nambucca Valley Arts Council (NVAC) hosted a very special Mother’s Day Concert on Sunday May 14. The Julee Andrews’ Quartet performed various pieces by Rachmaninoff, songs from the Musical ‘Les Miserables’ and pieces by Cécile Chaminade and Claude Bolling.  Julee was accompanied by Lena Shmalz and Keiko Robertson on piano and Gerard Larkins on the flute.

Julee and her quartet waived their fee with proceeds going to the Cancer Council.  Julee’s brother, Rodney Andrews, died unexpectedly from cancer last September.  Rodney was one of the NVAC’s best artists as well as being an integral part of the NVAC.   He is sadly missed by NVAC members.  The concert raised $1,205 for the Cancer Council.

The concert audience was invited to view a retrospective of Rodney’s paintings which were on sale in the Gallery from the beginning of May to mid June.  Again proceeds, which amounted to $3,841 from the sale of his paintings, were donated to the Cancer Council.

The NVAC also held their annual ‘Biggest Morning Tea’ for the Cancer Council on May 31st.  At this event one of the NVAC members, Phyllis Rea Lloyd, played the piano accompanied by two singers, Lorraine Francis and Rhonda Davies with Ruth Egan on the violin.  Entry was by donation.  At this function Rodney Andrews’ art materials were sold resulting in an overall amount of $1,330 from the morning’s event being donated to the Cancer Council.

The Kendall National Violin Concert - April 2017Kendall

We are privileged to be chosen each year to host a concert featuring the winner of The Kendall National Violin Competition, a competion which attracts entrants from all parts of Australia.

This year's performance was held on Saturday 8 April and featured the 2016 winner, Zoe Freisberg who presented a wonderful recital accompanied by Jeanell Carrigan on piano.

Having commenced her violin studies at the age of 4, Zoe went on to complete her Bachelor of Music at Queensland Conservatorium. She then commenced studies at the Australian National Academy of Music and the same year joined the Australian Chamber Orchestra’s ACO2 on four tours as an Emerging Artist. She was the recipient of the Australian Youth Orchestra’s Richard Pollett Memorial Award and in 2015 won the Australian Youth Classical Music Competition’s Overseas Travel Scholarship. She was also a finalist in the ABC Young Performers Award.

With her extraordinary talent there is no doubt Zoe will go on to major musical achievements in Australia and overseas.

 

Janel Seidel TrioJanet Seidel Trio - April 2017

The Nambucca Valley Arts Council was delighted to present the internationally acclaimed jazz singer and pianist Janet Seidel ‘Australia’s First Lady of Jazz’ and her band featuring Cyril Bevan (UK, drums) at the Nambucca Community Arts Centre.

The group lived up to their reputation as ‘smooth, sophisticated and stylish’ and received resounding applause from the audience.

Unfortunately, in August we learnt the very sad news that Janet Seidel died at the age of 62 of cancer. It is hard to believe when she gave such a vibrant performance in Nambucca with her Jazz Trio just a few months previously. She died quietly in her sleep with family by her side.

 

 

Open Arms 'Colour Wheel' Exhibition - October 2016

In October 2016 The Nambucca Valley Arts Council hosted an art exhibition by people with a disability attending Open Arms Care (OAC).

Open Arms‘Colour Wheel’ was a colourful, vibrant and joyful display of artworks. It created a goal for the artists at OAC to work towards for several months. They were proud and excited to have their work displayed at the Stringer Gallery which gave them a chance to be part of and included in their local community.

Open Arms Care is located at 10 Railway Road Nambucca Heads, ph: 6569 4266. The art program, facilitated by Ilse Noble, runs every week on Wednesdays and Thursdays. It is part of the social support service at OAC, which also has drama, music and woodworking groups, cooking classes, craft classes, health and beauty for women and a social day. In addition OAC provides day programs and respite for families of people with disabilities.

The above image shows the art teacher Isle Noble on the left and Christine Reynolds one of the Open Arms artists o the right.

The paintings, acrylics on canvas, were for sale from between $30 to $50 and most were sold. A morning tea to launch the exhibition was held in the Stringer Gallery on Wednesday 12th October.