New England Sings Takes Out Top Music Award24.08.2015
Two leaders in the development and championing of music in the regions have taken out top prizes at the national APRA Art Music Awards.
The New England Conservatorium of Music (NECOM) took out the Art Music Award for Excellence in a Regional Area, while Moorambilla Voices was the NSW State Award Winner for Excellence in Music Education.
The national APRA Art Music Awards are an annual event that recognises the outstanding achievements of Australian composers, performers, organisations and educators in the fields of contemporary classical, jazz and experimental music.
NECOM won the award for its 2014 choral showcase New England Sings! that involved hundreds of regional school students and community musicians across the New England.
New England Sings! is one of the largest choral events in Australia. It involves 800 school students and more than 40 teachers from 23 schools in Armidale, Bellingen, Gunnedah, Inverell, Tamworth and Walcha, plus 80 musicians from the Armidale Youth and Symphony Orchestras, Armidale City Band and the Armidale Pipe Band.
Commenting on Moorambilla’s nomination in three categories, artistic director, Michelle Leonard said it was a wonderful way to be recognised by its peers.
Moorambilla Voices will celebrate its 10th Birthday with performances at the Baradine Proms Concert on Friday, 18 September, and a gala concert to be held in Dubbo at the Dubbo Theatre and Convention Centre, 6pm, Saturday 19 September with percussion ensemble, Taikoz, and premier vocal group, The Song Company.
Read the feature article about Moorambilla Voices here.