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Cooma Music Competition 2017

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

Background:

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

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:

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Entries close Saturday 29th October – Entry Forms here:

ENTRY FORM COOMA 2016 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BUSKING CHAMPIONSHIPS

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:
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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, 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: 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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  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, 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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Attention All Schools! – Australian National Busking Championships™ 2016

Josh MaynardStanthorpe 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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After winning Open Champion at the Australian National Busking Championships™ Guyy (AKA Guy Lilleyman) lifted his profile and he was offered a tour of South Africa.

Check out Guyy: http://www.guyylilleyman.com/guyy
For more information and Entry Forms contact Neil (Casey) O’Connor, Stanthorpe Rotary Club
– Email: wickets-stpe@bigpond.com

Or download your Entry Form here: ENTRY FORM_STANTHORPE_2016 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BUSKING CHAMPIONSHIPS_BSB corrected
Josh MaynardStanthorpe 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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After winning Open Champion at the Australian National Busking Championships™ Guyy (AKA Guy Lilleyman) lifted his profile and he was offered a tour of South Africa.

Check out Guyy: http://www.guyylilleyman.com/guyy
For more information and Entry Forms contact Neil (Casey) O’Connor, Stanthorpe Rotary Club
– Email: wickets-stpe@bigpond.com

Or download your Entry Form here: ENTRY FORM_STANTHORPE_2016 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BUSKING CHAMPIONSHIPS_BSB corrected
Josh MaynardStanthorpe 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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After winning Open Champion at the Australian National Busking Championships™ Guyy (AKA Guy Lilleyman) lifted his profile and he was offered a tour of South Africa.

Check out Guyy: http://www.guyylilleyman.com/guyy
For more information and Entry Forms contact Neil (Casey) O’Connor, Stanthorpe Rotary Club
– Email: wickets-stpe@bigpond.com

Or download your Entry Form here: ENTRY FORM_STANTHORPE_2016 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BUSKING CHAMPIONSHIPS_BSB corrected

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Josh MaynardStanthorpe 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!

PRIZES

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  • Open (Adult) Section: $1, rx
    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

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After winning Open Champion at the Australian National Busking Championships™ Guyy (AKA Guy Lilleyman) lifted his profile and he was offered a tour of South Africa.

Check out Guyy: http://www.guyylilleyman.com/guyy
For more information and Entry Forms contact Neil (Casey) O’Connor, Stanthorpe Rotary Club
– Email: wickets-stpe@bigpond.com

Or download your Entry Form here: ENTRY FORM_STANTHORPE_2016 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BUSKING CHAMPIONSHIPS_BSB corrected

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Josh MaynardStanthorpe 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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  • Open (Adult) Section: $1, patient
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    $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

Guyy 2014 + SOUTH AFRICA_09 JanBUSKERS GET NOTICED!

After winning Open Champion at the Australian National Busking Championships™ Guyy (AKA Guy Lilleyman) lifted his profile and he was offered a tour of South Africa.

Check out Guyy: http://www.guyylilleyman.com/guyy
For more information and Entry Forms contact Neil (Casey) O’Connor, Stanthorpe Rotary Club
– Email: wickets-stpe@bigpond.com

Or download your Entry Form here: ENTRY FORM_STANTHORPE_2016 AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL BUSKING CHAMPIONSHIPS_BSB corrected

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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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  • Open (Adult) Section: $1, viagra 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

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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, resuscitation 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

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  • St Paul’s Anglican Parish Hall, 136 Commissioner Street, Cooma NSW
  • Tickets: www.trybooking.com/JJYX
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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