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String Family Cooma Concert

The String Family will be performing in concert on Saturday 18th June 2:30pm at St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, 136 Commissioner Street Cooma NSW 2630

This concert will be part of their Australia-wide tour. This exciting ensemble was the open section winner in last year’s Australian National Busking Championships in Cooma. Since then, among many other awards, they have won the open section of the South East Queensland ANBC regional finals this year, which was held in Stanthorpe. They made such a huge impression in Stanthorpe that they have been invited back to perform in the “Snowflakes in Stanthorpe” Festival in July.
Tickets are available from Cooma School of Music:
Adults – $25
Concessions – $20 (including Students, Seniors Card Holders & SMAC Members)
Children – Free
Afternoon Tea will also be provided free of charge.
 
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The String Family will in the Cooma/Monaro/Snowy Mountains/Canberra region for most of June. They are available to perform for Weddings, House Concerts, School Workshops & Concerts, Restaurants, Private & Corporate Functions. For inquires regarding your special event call Sarah on 0415 424 855.
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Musica da Camera in Concert – Cooma Sunday 15 May 2016 at 2:30pm

Musica da Camera – Canberra’s Premier String Orchestra will be performing in Cooma NSW.

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SUNDAY 15 MAY 2016 2.30 pm
St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall
136 Commissioner Street, Cooma NSW

Tickets: Adults $25; Concession $20; Children Free (includes a light afternoon tea)

Booking: Cooma School of Music,

  • Phone:  (02) 6452 6067
  • Email: allan@coomamusic.com.au

Programme:

The conductor, Rowan Harvey Martin, will direct a program of very listenable early 20th century music by European composers

Parry, C Hubert H (1848-1918)

An English Suite for String Orchestra, 1914

In the “High English” style, with moments of simple, melodic grace sandwiched between episodes of complexity and sophistication. Still incomplete at his death in 1918, this work was finished by his amanuensis.

Bloch, Ernest(1880-1959)  

Concerto Grosso for String Orchestra & Piano Obligato, 1924

Clearly constructed as a Concerto Grosso but incorporating traditional sounding melodies from his heritage. Surprising humour at times, and more than one swipe at JS Bach.

Respighi, Ottorino(1879-1936)

Ancient Airs and Dances (for Lute) Suite III. 1932.

Respighi’s characteristicly intricate reworking of old music to subtly exploit the capabilities of “modern” instruments.

Skalkottas, Nikos (1904-1949)

Five Greek Dances

Passionate, unquestionably Greek, dances for string orchestra.

What are the Benefits for Buskers at Australian National Busking Championships™

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  1. Anyone can be a busker-Beginners to Professionals
  2. Lots of prizes to go around – Multiple prizes for 3 age categories, best band, and special judges awards.
  3. All genres of music welcome – from country to blues, from folk to classical
  4. Singers and instrumentalists welcome.
  5. Non-musical street entertainers welcome
  6. Solos, Duos, Trios and larger ensembles and choirs welcome.
  7. All cash tips you make on the day are yours to keep
  8. Sell your CDs and merchandise – no problems
  9. Enjoy the attention and encouragement of large numbers of happy people in Stanthorpe – they are there to enjoy the festival and your music.
  10. Winners of the age categories will automatically qualify to compete in the Grand Final in Cooma NSW
  11. All the top performers will receive year-round promotion through our website and social media pages = gigs!
  12. Last but not least – it’s so much Fun! We’ve found in Cooma that many buskers have been coming back year after year, many travelling hundreds of miles. Prizes or no prizes!

 

Australian National Busking Championships™ – Busking Insights

Marco Solo 2013 01We basically get two types of buskers. Those that are competing for prizes, and those that just want to have a bit of fun. We warmly welcome both types. We want everyone to have a great day.

On the entry form, buskers can nominate whether they are competing for prizes or busking “just for fun”.

The buskers that are just playing for fun are free to nominate how many 30 minutes sets* they want to do. That could be as little as one or two.

The serious competitors will probably want to maximise the number of sets they do. I think they will need to do  four 30 minutes sets.

Anything less than this and  there’s a chance that you may not been seen that often by a judge. Anything more and you may trier yourself out, so that if you do get into the Finals Concert you could be not at your best.

The Judges will be roaming around the various busking spots throughout  the day. They are assessing hundreds of performances. These performances are all different genres and age categories. It’s a big and complicated job. You’ll need to be seen to make an impact.

There is also the Peoples Choice Award. So the more playing you do, the greater the chance you’ll make more Busker Dollars. The busker with the most Busker Dollars wins the Peoples Choice Award. People will be able to purchase Busker Dollars for $1 each on the day. (Limit of 50 per customer). They must validate their Busker Dollars by writing their name and phone number on the back of their Busker Dollar. By the way, all of the Busker Dollars will be placed in a lucky draw. There will be great prizes for the persons named on the Busker Dollars that are drawn. This year we’ve decided to give a 10% cash back on the Busker Dollars.

The judging criteria are basically:

  1. Skill – how well you know your craft.
  2. Connection with the audience – communication
  3. Audience response- the “wow factor”

I hope this is for some help. Please feel free to ask questions. Love to help. By the way, we happy for buskers to sell their CDs and merchandise. And, make lots of tips! Real money. We want all the buskers to have a profitable day.

Happy Busking!

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Attention All Schools! – Australian National Busking Championships™ 2016

anbc_stanthorpe_compilation posterOver $5,000 to be won!
Prizes and Awards for all ages!

Stanthorpe Queensland has been selected as the first township to host an Australian National Busking Championships™ (ANBC) Regional Finals.

ANBC Stanthorpe will be held on Saturday 27th February 2016 and during this event Stanthorpe will be the “Busking Capital” for the whole of the South East Queensland Region.

Winners from ANBC Stanthorpe will qualify to compete in the Grand Finals to be held in Cooma on 5th November 2016

ANBC Stanthorpe will be held in conjunction with the fabulous Stanthorpe Apple and Grape Harvest Festival.
– A festival within a festival!

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Over $5,000 in cash to be won!

  • Open (Adult) Section: $1,000 – Open Champion, $300 – Second Place, $200 – Third Place
  • People’s Choice Award: – $700 – Winner, $200 – Second Place, $100 – Third Place
  • Best Band Award ( for bands/groups of 3 or more): – $500 – Winner
  • Primary Section (for primary school students): – $300 – Winner, $200 – Second Place, $100 – Third Place
  • Secondary Section (for high school students): – $500 – Winner, $200 – Second Place, $100 – Third Place
  • Special Judges Awards: – $200.00 – Special Award/s

Links to:

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$10,000 to be won! @ The Australian National Busking Championships™

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What Are The Prizes?
This year we have a total prize pool of over $10,000.

Guyy Lilleyman, Open Champion 2013 & 2014

Guyy Lilleyman, Open Champion 2013 & 2014

Open Category: Sponsored by Cooma Hotel

Open Champion – $2,000
Second Place – $1,000
Third Place – $500

Secondary Category (for high school aged students): Sponsored by Mark Kenmir & Co.

Secondary Champion – $500
Second Place – $300
Third Place – $200

Primary Category (for primary school aged children): Sponsored by The Monaro Post

Primary Champion – $300
Second Place – $200
Third Place – $100

Best Band Award (for bands/groups of 3 or more) – $1,000: Sponsored by Rhythm Snowsports

People’s Choice: Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cooma

People’s Choice Champion – $1,000
Second Place – $700
Third Place – $300

Last year's medals looked great!

Last year’s medals looked great!

Special Judges Awards – $200 each. These awards covers numerous categories including non-musical street performances, indigenous, multicultural, dance, classical, jazz, blues, innovative etc. This year there are 8 Special Judges Awards sponsored by :

  • Rose’s Family Restaurant (2 awards)
  • The Two Vaults Restaurant & Cafe
  • Cooma Challenge
  • Eucumbene Trout Farm
  • Cooma Family Dental
  • P D Murphy Cafe
  • Snowy Monaro Arts Council

Casio Piano Award – Win a Casio Privia PX160 Digital Piano and accessories. $1299 RRP. Go here for details: http://coomamusic.com.au/win/casio-piano-award-2015

(It is within the rules of the ANBC that contestants may be able to win multiple prizes. For instance the Open Champion may also win a People’s Choice Award.)

Grigoryan Brothers, Guitar Virtuosos To Perform in Cooma

  • Sunday 22 November 4:30pm
  • St Paul’s Anglican Parish Hall, 136 Commissioner Street, Cooma NSW
  • Tickets: www.trybooking.com/JJYX
Slava & Leonard Grigoryan

Slava & Leonard Grigoryan

Australia’s most famous guitar duo, the Grigoryan Brothers will be performing at St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall,136 Commissioner Street in Cooma on Sunday 22nd November at 4:30pm.

The Grigoryan Brothers’ astounding guitar playing and musicality has been the acclaimed by music critics and audiences all over the world as well as here in Australia. The Cooma concert will be part of their Australia-wide “This Time” tour. This much anticipated CD release, also named “This Time” will be the the sixth in the series of CDs that have made the Grigoryans a household name in Australia and internationally, one of Australian’s most sort after musical exports.
“This Time” continues the journey that the Grigoryan Brothers started with their 2009 release “Distance” which was reviewed as “world-music”, “classical music” and then was named by UK magazine Mojo as no. 2 in the top 10 “jazz” CDs of 2010. Their music defies classification, it is uniquely the Grigoryan Brothers.
This is a “must-see” concert, book your ticket early.
You can book your tickets online at: www.trybooking.com/JJYX
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Slava & Leonard Grigoryan

Australian National Busking Championships 2015 -About

AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BUSKING CHAMPIONSHIPS

 logo busker_australian national busking championshipsCooma NSW – Saturday 7th November 2015

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About:

The Australian National Busking Championships (ANBC) is now in its fourth year. For the first three years, the ANBC has been held exclusively in Cooma NSW, the picturesque and historic capital of Australia’s Snowy Mountains.

Our Vision:

We have planned these early years as the first stage in the ANBC vision for the future. The next stage is to make this event a truly National Championship by holding Preliminary Championships in various regional towns around Australia. The winners from these regional events will then be invited to compete in the Grand Final back in Cooma on the first weekend in November of each year.

This event has been a great success from day one. As the years have gone by, we have developed a template for this festival that, we feel, can work in any town with the right kind support, know-how and enthusiasm.

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A Unique Music Festival:

The Australian National Busking Championships is a different sort of music festival for Australia. Music festivals in Australia have typically been based on a particular style of music, e.g. Tamworth Country Music Festival, Woodford Folk Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival. The ANBC is a celebration of all styles of music because the buskers that perform in this festival bring a huge variety of music to the event. Whether that be Blues, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Indigenous, Multicultural or Classical, the Australian National Busking Championships reflects the rich diversity that is Australian music culture.

Tickets for most music festivals are expensive; in the ANBC all the street entertainment is provided free of charge. The audience can, of course, tip the busker but that is their choice. All this wonderful music is performed literally feet away from them.

Although there are buskers at many music festivals in Australia, busking is typically relegated to a fringe activity. However, in this festival the buskers take pride of place. This festival brings music back to the people, back to the streets.

How Much Does It Cost To Be A Busker?

There is a registration fee of just $15 per busker. If you are in a group the maximum fee will be $50 for a group registration. All fees will be remitted to the Rotary Club of Cooma.

 

Guyy Lilleyman, Open Champion 2013 & 2014

Guyy Lilleyman, Open Champion 2013 & 2014

How Does This Work?

The buskers are assigned special locations (Busking Hot Spots) at various times around the central business district of the participating town. A timetable will be emailed to all the registered buskers. Roaming judges assess these performances during the day. The buskers get to choose how many sets they would like to perform. However, all buskers must be available to perform in the Finals Concert at 5pm in Cooma Centennial Park. The prize winners for all categories will be selected by a panel of judges at the Finals Concert.

What Are The Prizes?

This year we are aiming for a total prize pool of over $10,000. The final amount will depend on the amount sponsorship that’s pledged this year. It is within the rules of the ANBC that contestants may be able to win multiple prizes. For instance the Open Champion may also win a People’s Choice Award.

Open Category:

  • Open Champion – $2,000
  • Second Place – $1,000
  • Third Place – $500

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  • Secondary Champion – $500
  • Second Place – $300
  • Third Place – $200

Primary Category (for primary school aged children):

  • Primary Champion – $300
  • Second Place – $200
  • Third Place – $100

Best Band Award (for bands/groups of 3 or more) – $1,000

People’s Choice:

  • People’s Choice Champion – $1,000
  • Second Place – $700
  • Third Place – $300

Special Judges Awards – $200 each. These awards covers numerous categories including non-musical street performances, indigenous, multicultural, dance, classical, jazz, blues, innovative etc. Last year there were 10 Special Judges Awards.

A Worthwhile Community Event.

 

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It’s all about having fun!

In Cooma, we have found that from its first year the Australian National Busking Championships™ has helped local not-for-profit groups raise money through fund raising activities on the day. Organisations such as the Cooma District Hospital Auxiliary, Cooma Rotary Club, Cooma Railway, 2MNO Community Radio, Cooma Swimming Club, St Patrick’s Parish School, to name a few, have raised thousands of dollars through this event. In fact, the main reason why the Australian National Busking Championships™ came into existence was through the wonderful work of the “Snowy Ride”. The ANBC was originally conceived to provide entertainment and fun for the 4,000 or so Snowy Riders as they pass through Cooma. Since its beginning in 2001, this annual motorcycle event has raised over $5 million towards childhood cancer research. The Snowy Ride is organised by the Steven Walter Children’s Cancer Foundation. So we at the Australian National Busking Championships are pleased to support the Snowy Ride. For more information about the Snowy Ride go to:https://www.snowyride.org.au/

The ANBC has also generated a much needed financial boost to the businesses of our country town. Coffee shops, restaurants, hotels, motels, clubs, retail shops and service stations have all benefited over the years. For Cooma, the ANBC comes at a normally “lean time” well after the winter ski season and before the start of Christmas trading. To their credit, local businesses have got behind this event by generously sponsoring prizes for the winners of the Championships.

The Australian National Busking Championships™ has the unique ability to provide significant benefits to the performers, the venue hosts, local businesses, community organisations and the general public. We hope you can join us for a fantastic day of fun on Saturday 7th November 2015.