Monthly Archives: October 2011

Canberra Country Music Festival 18-30 November 2011

about it sans-serif;”>The Canberra Country Music Festival was established to promote, showcase and grow Country Music (across all its sub-genres) in Australia’s national capital and surrounding regions – the largest inland market in Australia comprising over half a million people. We see the Festival as securing Country Music within the community through holding an event comprising performances, exhibitions, workshops, talent quests, dancing and industry forums. While open to all, the Festival also endeavours to provide a showcase for regional country music artists and the next generation of performers. As the last festival of the year on the country music event calendar, the Canberra Country Music Festival also has the highest level of new recording launches as performers gear up for Tamworth in the New Year. The Festival also raises funds for local non-profit community organisations as well as fostering country music in the heart of the nation!

This year’s theme: “Music Dance Utes Horses – It’s A Lifestyle! Seriously Having A Good Time!”

This year’s festival will include:

  • Performances
  • Workshops
  • Talent Quest
  • Dance Sessions
  • Special Exhibits
  • Ute Van + Truck Muster

For more information go to:

The Performers:

A hugh array of local, interstate and international performers include:

Mystery VIP (Nashville USA) Bobby Marquez (Texas USA)
Carter + Carter (VIC) Catherine Britt (NSW)
Kel-Anne Brandt (NSW) Doug McIntyre (NSW)
Brothers 3 (NSW) Brewn (ACT)
Round Mountain Girls (NSW) Aly Cook (NZ)
John Flanagan + The Begin Agains (VIC) Steve Passfield (NSW)
Louise Egan (NSW) Bryen Willems (USA)
Bowen + Clare (NSW) Rod Dowsett (NSW)
Leanne Melmoth (ACT) The Fry Brothers (VIC)
Alice Plumb (NSW) Queen Juanita & The Zydeco Cowboys (ACT)
Peter Christie Mountain Folk (NSW) Melissa Robertson (NSW)
Counterfeit Cash (NSW) The Rain (QLD)
Geoff Williams (NSW) The Wedded Bliss (ACT)
Acoustic Radio (ACT) Emma Kelly (VIC)
Mustered Courage (VIC) Lachlan Bryan + The Wildes (NSW)
Ian Wholohan (NSW) Mark Shay (NSW)
Alan Neal (NSW) Hannah Gillespie (NSW)
Sami Cooke (NSW) Jaymy-Lyn (NSW)
Louise Saint John (NSW) Lorraine McCrimmon (NSW)


For more information on the Performers click here.

Tickets Available From:

Cooma School of Music
Shop 2, Parkview Arcade, 123 Sharp Street,
Cooma, NSW 2630
Phone: 02 6452 6067
Fax: 02 6452 4938

Official Opening Snowy Scheme Museum Adaminaby – Saturday 15 October

-A Musical Journey-

East Meets West

With Judith Marriott & friends.

. Come on a musical journey that begins in Cooma and finishes in Tehran. Beginning with Don Banks, nurse
an Australian composer, approved
then travelling through Europe with  music from Spain and Germany.Next stop is Armenia, order
with a beautiful work by Khachaturian. We complete the concert with works by the great Persian composers, Alizadeh and Siavash Beizai.

.. This concert will combine the talents of Australian musicians and Persian musicians. Cooma will be represented by Judith Marriott, Leslie Spencer and Glenyss Allen. We are very fortunate to have the talents of two wonderful musicians Arya Bastaninezhad and Melika, who are visiting Cooma in preparation for an International Music festival in Tehran later this year, in which they will be performing these works with Judith.

Instruments featured will be clarinet ,bass clarinet, cello, piano , guitar ,flute, ney ( a very beautiful Persian flute) and voice.

It should be a wonderful evening as the common thread to all these compositions is their exquisite melodies…come and SWOON with us!!! It is guaranteed to life your spirits.

Snowy Scheme Museum Adaminaby

The Governor-General, visit
Quentin Bryce will be attending to perform the opening ceremony of Snowy Scheme Museum in Adaminaby on 15 October 2011, here
at 11am.

As with the official opening of the Snowy Mountains Scheme on October 17 1949, when the Governor-General Sir William McKell performed the official duties, the Governor-General of today, will be performing the official duties at the new Snowy Scheme museum.

The Snowy Scheme museum will showcase the impact on the nation of the construction of the Snowy Mountains Hydro-electric Scheme, by highlighting the achievements of the engineers, the workers, the machinery and the role the project played in the development of the modern Australian nation. The scheme is widely considered to be the greatest engineering project ever undertaken in Australia, with the museum collection creating a multi-dimensional insight into the Snowy Scheme and its legacy.

In the meantime, the Adaminaby community is busy preparing for the day when the “GG” comes to town, and the museum committee and helpers are also busy with the installation of the collection, exhibits and interpretive material to make this landmark project come to life. The museum committee would also like to issue an open invitation to anybody who would like to attend this special day and invite any interested person to join the museum community.

The museum is also looking for equipment with Snowy Scheme provenance, stories, memorabilia and research about the more than 100 000 people, many from overseas, who worked during the construction stage of the scheme.

Music for this occasion will be provided from about 10.30 am by:

  • Cooma Harmony Chorus
  • Cooma District band
  • And school children from the Adaminaby Public School

Further information about the museum can be found on the website:


Cooma Has Talent – Friday 21 October 2011

Presented by Snowy Community String Orchestra.

A benefit concert to raise money for cancer treatment for a local woman, allergy
Beryl Wilkinson. Bring along family and friends to what will surely be a fun night out. There will be a traffle full of prizes and treats!

Time: 6-9 pm

Date: Friday 21 October 2011

Venue: Cooma Ex-Services Club

Tickets: At the door – Adults $10 Children $5

Contact person: 0450 145 780

Sing Your Own Handel’s Messiah – Saturday 12 November 2011

Just a brief post from Snowy Monaro Arts Council, phimosis to give you advance notice of “Sing Your Own Messiah” on Saturday 12th November 2011 at St Paul’s Hall, thumb Cooma.


Robert Shearer and Snowy Monaro Arts Council will present Handel’s Messiah, with –

Conductor Rodney Clancy;

Soprano Elizabeth Shearer;

Mezzo Soprano Bronwyn Douglas;

Tenor Robert Shearer; and

Bass Joshua Burke;

And a Chamber Orchestra of local musicians.


But the best bit is that you get to be the chorus…

Ever wanted to sing Hallelujah Chorus? Well, here’s your chance.

We are hoping for lots of voices from Cooma-Monaro and Snowy River Shires. Blokes are especially welcome.

The main workshop/rehearsal will be from 9 am on Saturday 12th November with the public performance at 7.00 pm on that night.  There will also be additional practices (not compulsory) in each of the weeks leading up to the event (the weeks commencing Monday 31st October 2011 and Monday 7th November 2011) for those who would like to “notebash” their parts. (call 6452 6067 for details of extra rehearsals).

The “Sing your Own” portion of the workshop and performance will consist of  just six pieces:

  1. And the Glory of the Lord
  2. Oh Thou That Tellest
  3. For Unto Us a Child is Born
  4. Glory to God in the Highest
  5. All We Like Sheep
  6. Hallelujah

There are three ways to get the parts.

The first is to go to

Scroll down and on the middle of the page you will see pdf symbols for the various parts.

Click on “vocal”, and download the choruses at 1.4, 1.10, 1.13, 1.19, 2.4 and 2.22, and the Amen (3.10).

If you do that, send your email to so we have an email with which to keep you informed.

The second way is to send an email to, and Allan will email the part to you.

Please c.c. to, so we have your email to keep you informed.

The third way is to contact Chris Wall at 7 Dawson Street, Cooma NSW 2630 and request us to photocopy the parts for you.

Obviously, the first method is a lot less work for the organisers, so please do that if you can.

There are rehearsal tracks available on the net, one at

In preparation, you can sing along with your computer.

The tracks on that site are 04 “And the Glory of the Lord” (1.4 free-scores), 09 “Oh Thou That Tellest” (1.10 free-scores), 12 “For Unto Us a Child is Born” (1.13 free-scores), 17 “Glory to God in the Highest” (1.19 free-scores), 26 “All We Like Sheep” (2.4 free-scores), 44 “Hallelujah” (2.22 free-scores).

So give it a shake.

Follow the above instructions and register, and send this email onto anyone you think might be interested, and set Saturday 12th November 2011 aside.

Chris Wall, President, Snowy Monaro Arts Council


In Summary:

  • When: Saturday 12 November 2011 Rehearsals from 9.00 am, Evening Performance 7.00 pm
  • Where: St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, Commissioner Street, Cooma
  • Soloists: Elizabeth Shearer, Bronwyn Douglas, Robert Shearer, Joshua Burke with Chamber Orchestra
  • Cost: $10 for singers for the whole day rehearsal and 7 pm performance
  • Contact: 6452 6067
  • Email: