Zoe Abbott the community music co-ordinator and Alicia Charleston head of the music department and at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium Art Centre ready for the planned music marathon. Photo Jacklyn Wagner / The Northern Star
Zoe Abbott the community music co-ordinator and Alicia Charleston head of the music department and at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium Art Centre ready for the planned music marathon. Photo Jacklyn Wagner / The Northern Star Jacklyn Wagner

Music effort to repair roof

THE Northern Rivers Conservatorium Arts Centre has come up with a novel way to raise money: by holding a 12-hour Music Marathon.

They're aiming to raise $15,000 to fund repairs to their Lismore historic building - a building that is the original Lismore High School and has also been the Teachers' College and Northern Rivers College of Advanced Education.

But the building's roof needs to be fixed, community music co-ordinator, Zoe Abbott said.

"This is quite a unique building in the fact that it has 15 rooms which means we can have classes running parallel to each other. It would be pretty hard to find another building to house this organisation," she said.

"Due to leaks we've had one of our ensemble rooms closed for about 12 months, which has had a huge impact on the students."

Therefore, they'll be holding the Music Marathon on Saturday, March 23 from 9am until 9pm, with students of the Conservatorium collecting sponsors for each minute of music they will perform on the day.

There is also a practice-a-thon running in the lead up to the music marathon, where students keep a record of their practice sessions and collect sponsorship for each hour of practice. Teachers at the Conservatorium are keen to see just how swiftly their students improve when they are motivated to practise more.

Ms Abbott said the Music Marathon would be a great opportunity for every Conservatorium student to perform on stage as well as raise funds.

"The Music Marathon means that every student can perform in the same concert on the same day - we are very excited."

She said that the conservatorium had students from age 18 months to 78 years, who'll all have the chance to perform.

Ms Abbott also said that anyone who felt an affiliation with the building was welcome to support the Music Marathon as an audience member on the day, or by offering sponsorship.



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