PLAY ON: Northern Rivers Conservatorium’s head of community music, Zoe Abbott, is looking forward to a 12-hour music marathon fundraising event on Saturday.
PLAY ON: Northern Rivers Conservatorium’s head of community music, Zoe Abbott, is looking forward to a 12-hour music marathon fundraising event on Saturday. Marc Stapelberg

Lismore music marathon to raise cash for Conservatorium

MUSIC gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and everything, said Plato.

Such will be the case on Saturday when some of the area's finest music students set out to delight passersby and a public audience.

Northern Rivers Conservatorium is holding a music marathon in Lismore to raise cash for music stands, orchestral chairs, instruments and more.

NORTHERN Rivers Conservatorium head of community music, Zoe Abbott, is arranging a big fundraising event for the non-profit organisation, involving two stages providing 12 hours of music at Lismore.
NORTHERN Rivers Conservatorium head of community music, Zoe Abbott, is arranging a big fundraising event for the non-profit organisation, involving two stages providing 12 hours of music at Lismore. Marc Stapelberg

"From cello, to flute, to violin, as well as a rock band and jazz band, we're inviting the public to enjoy it all and help us to get some more funds," the Con's head of community music, Zoe Abbott, said.

From 10am to 4pm two stages will provide 12 hours of simultaneous performances, she said.

On the Acoustic Stage in the Concert Room, upstairs in the Conservatorium building, you'll be able to delight in piano solos and the melodic sounds of orchestral instruments and small ensembles.

On the Courtyard stage, out the front with the Lismore Handmade Market, vocal and guitar students as well as larger ensembles and current Diploma and Certificate III students will thrill the crowds.

Ms Abbott said all students had sought sponsorship but it was hoped community members would come to the party too with sponsorship or donations.

"The fundraising goal is $7000," she said.

More than 800 students, ranging in age from toddlers to people in their 70s, are enrolled at the Conservatorium, a not-for profit incorporated association.

As well as certified courses, the organisation runs a Music in Schools program and an Early Childhood Music program.

The music marathon will take place at the Conservatorium building, at 152 Keen Street near Magellan St.



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