The junior strings playing twinkle twinkle little star during the music marathon at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium.
The junior strings playing twinkle twinkle little star during the music marathon at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium. Nolan Verheij-Full

Marathon music effort for Conservatorium funds

BRASS, strings, woodwind, percussion: There were instruments and musicians everywhere you looked at the third Music Marathon at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium of Music.

Saturday's Music Marathon at the Keen Street, Lismore, School of Music saw students and teachers performing simultaneously for 12 hours straight to raise money.

Executive Director of the Con, Anita Bellman, said the day went really well, with great music and a good turnout.

"It's been lovely," she said.

"It's just a really great opportunity for our students to perform."

Alfie Johnston with nerves of steel, singing a solo song he wrote called eletricity during the music marathon at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium.
Alfie Johnston with nerves of steel, singing a solo song he wrote called eletricity during the music marathon at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium. Nolan Verheij-Full

The team was aiming to raise $7000 through the marathon, upping the records from previous years.

The funds raised through the marathon would go into the Con's building and resources fund, Ms Bellman said.

Some things in mind for the money were new music stands, orchestral seats, and some work on the windows at the rear of the building, which have been damaged by vandalism.

However, as a charity organisation, Ms Bellman reminded that people are welcome to donate "any old time they want," if they missed out on the Music Marathon.

Summer Castles playing her piece with the help of Heidi Chappelow during the music marathon at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium.
Summer Castles playing her piece with the help of Heidi Chappelow during the music marathon at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium. Nolan Verheij-Full

Groups such as the Junior Strings and Youth Jazz Orchestra wowed the audiences, showing off what they've learnt at the Conservatorium.

The Con's head of community music, Zoe Abbott, said it was wonderful to see the "richness of teaching" that was happening across the age groups at the school as each of the musicians took to the stage.

"It fills me with pride," she said.

Students of the Youth Jazz Orchestra performing for the crowd during the music marathon at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium.
Students of the Youth Jazz Orchestra performing for the crowd during the music marathon at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium. Nolan Verheij-Full

She added that if anyone missed their opportunity to donate or help out the Con through the Music Marathon, they were more than welcome to come along to their Working Bee, which will be held on Saturday from 10.30am-2pm.

The Working Bee will be helping the Con with accessibility, which Ms Abbott said was very important to them.

For more information phone 6621 2266.



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