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."
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.
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.
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.
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