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ANBC Narooma Regional Busking Championships 2019 – The Winners

The Australian National Busking Championships in Narooma were a huge success.

Here are the results:

Fretz & Reedz took out Best Band

The Australian National Busking Championships are having a huge 2019. With Regional Championships in Stanthorpe Qld, Kilmore Vic and now, Narooma NSW successfully completed here are the the remaining events for 2019:

â–ºNoosa Heads Qld – 8 to 9 June

â–ºPeak Hill NSW -14 September

►Victor Harbour SA – 6 October

â–ºGundagai NSW – 26 October

â–ºCooma Regional Championship & ANBC National Grand Final – Cooma NSW – 16 November (please note change of date)

Potent Soap won the Rising Star Band Award & The Open People’s Choice Award



A celebration of Spanish repertoire for the guitar and piano, from classical masterpieces to flamenco styles of Paco De Lucia and Paco Pena and modern jazz.

In a world first collaboration, Internationally acclaimed, award winning concert pianist and â€˜Young Steinway Artist’ Nicholas Young and renowned 10 String Spanish Classical Guitarist Matthew Fagan aka Lord of the Strings! infuse the exhilarating traditional flamenco elements of Spanish Guitar into virtuosic classical piano masterpieces to form stunning new arrangements, celebrating the launch of Fagan’s newest vinyl album â€œEl Vito”.

From the famous folk-inspired ballet music of Manuel De Falla’s “The Three Cornered Hat” to the Spanish dances evoked in Isaac Albeniz’s “Sevilla”, “Asturias” and “Tango”.  Joaquin Rodrigo’s famous “Concierto de Aranjuez” is explored through its origins in “Tarantos” and “Rodena”, combined with stunning orchestral realisation by piano, and Egberto Gismonti’s “Frevo Rasgado”, first brought to fame by guitarists Paco De Lucia and John McLaughlin, will be transformed for concert piano and 10-string guitar, pairing rhythmic drive with colourful sonority.

Cooma Concert is presented by the Snowy Monaro Arts Council

SUN 14 Oct:   St Paul’s Anglican Parish Hall (Cooma, N.S.W), 2.00pm (Doors 1.30pm)

Watch snippets from the show here:

Peak Hill Regional Finals – Australian National Busking Championshipsâ„¢

PEAK HILL NSW 001Peak Hill NSW will be hosting the Peak Hill Regional Finals - Australian National Busking Championships™ on Saturday 23rd September 2017.

The Australian National Busking Championshipsâ„¢ is an Australia-wide music festival and competition. A unique festival, the ANBC celebrates the rich diversity of Australian music culture. Through out the year, Regional Finals are held in towns all over Australia culminating in the National Grand Final which is held in Cooma NSW on the first weekend of November each year.


Additional Group Members List Form for larger groups: GROUP MEMBERS LIST FORM_PEAK HILL 2017

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Thousands of dollars in cash prizes will be up for grabs at Peak Hill Regional Finals. Peak Hill is the latest regional town to join the ever-growing network of ANBC busking competitions around Australia. These include Stanthorpe Qld, Ballarat Vic, Narooma NSW, Noosa Qld and Cooma NSW.

There are generous prizes for 3 age categories, Open (Adult), Secondary (High School Age) and Primary (Primary School Age). Plus lots of other awards such as: Peoples Choice Award, Best Band, Country Music, Blues Music, Jazz Music, Classical Music, Folk, Indigenous, Community Based Music, Youth Encouragement, Most Innovative, and Ability Award (for buskers with a disability). Solos, Duos, Groups, Ensembles, Choirs are all welcome. There has even been a prize for non-musical Street Performance such as jugglers, magicians and dancers.

More information:


Cooma Music Competition 2017

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Click here for Entry Form: ENTRY FORM COOMA MUSIC COMPETITION 2017


Cooma Music Competition 2017, now in its twelth year, will provide an opportunity for musicians of all ages and skills to perform and compete. We hope this competition will be as inclusive as possible. The competition will be open to all instruments and voice. Although the competition will be conducted by Cooma School of Music, all musicians are welcome to perform.

Entry is open to all.

Heats will comence at 12 noon on Sunday 23 July.

A timetable of Heats and Competitors will be sent to all the participants before the day.

The winners of the heats will then be invited to perform in a Finals Concert that will then be held on the same day in the evening starting at 7pm. Time allowing, specially invited guests (non- competitors) will also be invited to perform in the Finals Concert.

Venue: St Pauls Anglican Church Hall, 136 Commissioner Street, Cooma NSW 2630

Performers for this concert will be drawn from the winners of the heats as well as invited guest performers.

The major sections will be:

  1. Solo (unaccompanied or accompanied). Solos may be accompanied by a pianist or a guitarist, or other musician or CD backing track. Performers may organize their own accompanist or a piano accompanist will available at the hall if required. (However, please indicate on your entry form if you will need to be provided with an accompanist). CD backing tracks (“Play-along”) will be accepted by prior arrangement.
  2. Instrumental Ensembles-any instrumental combination.
  3. Vocal Groups-including small to large choirs.
  4. Rock Groups-includes all styles. (eg Country, Blues, Jazz, Alternative, etc)
  5. Original Composition – A Song or Instrumental Item-(any style)

Each major section will be subdivided into 3 age groups:

  1. Primary-primary school aged
  2. Secondary-secondary school aged
  3. Open

If there are not enough competitors in the younger age groups, younger players may be invited to compete in an older age group.

The Solos section will also be divided into types of instrument if possible.

These instrumental sub-categories will be:

  • Piano/Keyboard
  • Classical Guitar
  • Modern Guitar (Steel string, acoustic or electric)
  • Strings (Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass)
  • Woodwind & Brass
  • Drums
  • Singing
  • Miscellaneous (any musical instruments not listed above. For example, harmonica, bagpipes, mandolin, banjo, harp, etc)
  • Original Composition (A song or instrumental item)

If there are not enough competitors in any of the heats , performers may be invited to compete in a heat of another instrumental sub-category.

All competitors will receive a Certificate of Participation. Winners of their heats will receive awards.

We will be happy to accept donations and assistance from businesses and individuals to make this competition possible.

We welcome any comments or advice that may help make this competition an exciting and useful event.

Thank you,

Allan Spencer

Download “About” pdf:

ABOUT_Cooma Music Competition 2017

Over $10,000 in Cash Prizes to be won!

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This year we have $10, viagra approved  600 in cash prizes plus Rex Regional Express Airlines have donated 2 return flight tickets from Cooma to Sydney. This is valued at $862.40. Entries close this Saturday 29th October.

Check out the full List of Prizes here:


Entries close Saturday 29th October – Entry Forms here:


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, purchase 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, page 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.
String Family Videos:
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, purchase Cooma NSW

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

Booking: Cooma School of Music,

  • Phone:  (02) 6452 6067
  • Email:


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 Championshipsâ„¢

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  2. neuropathist sans-serif;”>Lots of prizes to go around – Multiple prizes for 3 age categories, visit 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 Championshipsâ„¢ – Busking Insights

Marco Solo 2013 01We basically get two types of buskers. Those that are competing for prizes, visit this site 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, apoplexy 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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