Northern Rivers Con reaps $45,000 in government grants

THE Northern Rivers Conservatorium at Lismore will receive more than $45,000 in State Government funding to help run three performances at the centre.

The funding was part of $670,000 set aside for regional conservatoriums and, combined, is the fifth-biggest grant offered to a single conservatorium in this funding round. The grants will help the conservatorium:

  • Present "The Idea of North" at Harmony Choralfest next year and provide workshops for choristers and singers ($16,200); 
  • Bring internationally-renowned vibes virtuoso, Nick Parnell, and hotshot jazz quartet, Stubbs, Grabowsky, Barker & Hirst to Lismore for a series of concerts ($18,213); and 
  • Commission sound producer and composer David Page from Bangarra Dance Theatre to develop a dance/theatre work called "Bundjalung Nghari: The Gathering", which is inspired by Bundjalung culture. $11,176.

"NSW's network of regional conservatoriums play an important role in encouraging musicians of all ages throughout the State to experience, learn and perform music," Arts Minister George Souris said.

"Many of these projects include public concerts in a range of music styles, as well as master classes and workshops from top Australian and international musicians and composers.

"The NSW Government's support for regional conservatoriums is part of our commitment to the arts and cultural sector, in recognition of its contributions to the economic, social and creative development of our State."  

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