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Grigoryan Brothers, Guitar Virtuosos To Perform in Cooma

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  • St Paul’s Anglican Parish Hall, 136 Commissioner Street, Cooma NSW
  • Tickets:
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:

Slava & Leonard Grigoryan

Australian National Busking Championships 2015 -About

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

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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:

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.






Musica da Camera – Cooma Concert 9th August 2015

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Performing in Cooma

Conductor: Michael Sollis

Soloists: Greg Stenning (Trumpet), Kiri Sollis and friends (Flutes)

Sunday 9th August 2015 at 2.30 pm

St Paul’s Anglican Parish Hall, 136 Commissioner Street, Cooma

Tickets: Available at the door and at Cooma School of Music,

(Shop 2 Parkview Arcade, 123 Sharp Street, Cooma NSW)

Bookings: (02) 6452 6067 Email:

Cost: Adults $20/ Concession $15/ Students $10 – Under 15 Free


Ewazen: Concerto for trumpet and strings

Antheil: Serenade for string orchestra

Biber: Sonatas suitable for altar or court

Ives: The unanswered question (for strings and trumpet)

El-Dabh: Aria for strings

Musica da Camera, formed in 1979, is a Canberra-based string chamber orchestra of 20 or so players. For over 30 years this group has been delighting Canberra audiences as well as music lovers throughout the region. Musica da Camera is an outstanding orchestra with tradition of performing with some of Australia’s most gifted soloists.

ANBC Sponsorship Proposal 2015

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Cooma Rotary Club is the overarching presenter of this event

ANBC Cooma  2015 is proudly presented  by the Cooma Rotary Club


The Australian National Busking Championships™ (ANBC) is growing from strength to strength. The ANBC is now in its fourth year and this unique music festival is now getting national attention. In a major development, mind   Australian National Busking Championships™ is now an official registered trade mark, bulimics and has been awarded exclusive rights.

Over the years, the ANBC has brought considerable benefits to the community and to businesses in Cooma and the Snowy/Monaro region. This year, we are glad to be again offering sponsorship packages for this special event.

As a Sponsorship partner of the Australian National Busking Championships™ you will receive the following benefits:

  • Acknowledgement of Sponsorship through local and surrounding media outlets including newspaper & radio stations
  • Acknowledgement & Promotion of your business on the ANBC website and social media sites
  • Your business logo will be included on all promotional and advertising material
  • Your business executives or representatives will have the opportunity to speak and present your sponsored award at the finals concert
  • Your business will receive free venue inclusion if applicable (your business must be located in the CBD and be open on the weekend to qualify as a Busker Venue)
  • As a Busker Venue your business will have priority scheduling of key ‘Big Name’ performers
  • Opportunity to display business banners and signs on stage for finals concert
WIN News coverage of the ANBC 2014

WIN News coverage of the ANBC 2014

Your organisation will benefit by partnering in this major music event that is already well attended and supported by the local community and beyond. It is a highly visible event for Cooma which celebrates our town’s cultural and musical talents and provides Statewide and National exposure opportunities for your business and the town.
In addition to offering these five distinct levels of sponsorship, the ANBC organising team can tailor packages to meet prospective partners’ unique needs.

You can download the ANBC Sponsorship Proposal by clicking on the link below:

ANBC 2015 Sponsorship prospectus (1)

An example of the type of media from ANBC 2014


New Zealand Guitar Quartet – Cooma Concert Friday 26th June

Click Below for Entry Form



Last year's winners of the Cooma Music Competition

Last year’s winners of the Cooma Music Competition


Burnum Brademann won the 2014 Narrawong Classical Guitar Award

Burnum Brademann won the 2014 Narrawong Classical Guitar Award

Cooma Music Competition 2015, this web  now in its tenth year, more about 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, human enhancement all musicians are welcome to perform.

Entry is open to all.

Heats will comence at 12 noon on Sunday 21 June

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. Small Instrumental Ensembles-any instrumental combination up to and including 6 players.
  3. Large Instrumental Ensembles-any instrumental combination over 6 players.
  4. Vocal Groups-including small to large choirs.
  5. Rock Groups-includes all styles. (eg Country, Blues, Jazz, Alternative, etc)
  6. 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.

Julia Bottom performs at Cooma Music Competition 2014

Julia Bottom performs at Cooma Music Competition 2014

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.


  • Narrawong Classical Guitar Award – Trophy & $200 cash
  • Peter de Jager Piano Prize – Trophy & $200 cash
  • Ron Cox Music Award _Vocal – Trophy & $100 cash
  • Snowy Monaro Arts Council Award – Certificate & $100 cash
  • Frank Scott Music Award _Woodwind, Brass or Drums   – Trophy & $50 cash
  • Russell & Jackie Fox Music Award  – Trophy & $50 cash
  • P D Murphy Strings Award_Violin, Viola,  Cello or Double Bass –  Trophy & $50 cash
  • The People’s Choice Award – Trophy & $100 cash
Cooma Music Competition Awards

Cooma Music Competition Awards


New Zealand Guitar Quartet

New Zealand Guitar Quartet


New Zealand Guitar Quartet to tour Australia

The New Zealand Guitar Quartet (NZGQ) will travel to Australia for their very first time this June/July. In a series of concerts, medications
this exciting guitar quartet plays a diverse range of music from much loved composers like Bach and Rimsky-Korsakov to the Spanish and Latin masters. Not confined to the traditional repertoire, the NZGQ have inspired many new works from young composers and actively look for new engaging music to play.

NZGQ were invited to play in Australia by the Sydney Guitar Trio, who heard them play live at the Taranaki Classical Guitar Summer School in New Zealand last year. The trio’s enthusiasm to bring them to Australia stemmed from the technical proficiency NZGQ displayed in bringing their music to life. The ANU School of Music, National Capital Orchestra, Cooma School of Music and the Riverina Conservatorium of Music have also extended their support to bring the NZGQ to Australians around NSW/ACT.

The NZGQ will be performing at St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall in Cooma on Friday 26th June at 7.30pm with tickets available at the door. More information on the NZGQ can be found at or contact John Couch at Bookings and further regarding the concert, contact Cooma School of Music on (02) 6452 6067


  • Adults: $25
  • Concessions: $20
  • Students: $10

Community Stage – Perisher Peak Festival 2015 – Your Chance to Shine!

This year’s festival is happening at Cooma Rotary Markets on Sunday 15 March 2015, this site from 10am to 3pm. Thanks to Cooma Rotary, case Cooma Monaro Shire Council, Queanbeyan Multicultural Centre and last but not least M.A.G.I.C. – Multicultural Activity Group in Cooma!

After the festival you can come to see Evgeny-Ukhanov, Russian Concert Pianist at St Pauls Anglican Parish Hall at 3pm:

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Cielle Kinross_black and whiteCooma School of Music welcomes another new teacher, healing Cielle Kinross. Cielle will be teaching singing and song writing at Cooma School of Music. Cielle is a wonderful singer in her own right and she has an extremely impressive background in music. Her website contains some great audio and video as well as a biography and photos.

Cielle loves many diferent kinds of music, but her first love is country. “Growing up on the land, listening to artists such as Neil Young, John Williamson, Emmylou Harris and John Denver, there was never any doubt that country music was in Cielle’s blood. Nowadays, her musical influences consist of artists such as Holly Williams, Patty Griffin, Eva Cassidy, Zac Brown Band, Bernard Fanning, Shane Nicholson, Norah Jones, Brandi Carlile and many, many more….” (from her website)

January 2015 saw Cielle kick the New Year off in Tamworth, where she not only performed at the Country Music Festival, but also attended the highly acclaimed CMAA Academy of Country Music, and was fortunate enough to be mentored by industry leaders such as Tamara Stewart, Lyn Bowtell, Kevin Bennett, Karl Broadie, Roger Corbett, Brad Bergen and Amber Lawrence. Among the many highlights was the opportunity to sing a few songs with the likes of Kasey Chambers, Harry Hookey and Catherine Britt.

You can contact Cielle on 0421 810 038

Cielle Kinross - singer, song writer & teacher

Cielle Kinross – singer, song writer & teacher

Community Stage 2015

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Performances Sat 6th June or Sun 7th June
½ Hour Set (or talk to us if you think you need longer/shorter)
All performers will receive wristbands for the whole day they attend plus free Ski-Tube tickets and Park Entry.
To Apply
Fill in the form below and send to

Community Stage PPF 2015 Info & Application

Cooma School of Music Proudly Supports Perisher Peak Festival



Cold Snap Sale!

Great deals on Peak Festival Tickets & Accommodation!


Project Cosmopolitana – 2nd May

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  • Adult $20
  • Concession $15
  • SMAC Members $10
  • Students/Children Free

Presented by

  • Snowy Monaro Arts Council, ailment
  • Cooma District Band,
  • Cooma Harmony Chorus,
  • Monaro High School Choir


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Free Evening of Food, discount
Music & Performance

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Where: Cooma Multi-Function Centre


ANZAC Eve Concert-Friday 24 April 6pm

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Cooma Ex-Services Club


  • Adult $20
  • Concession $15
  • SMAC Members $10
  • Students/Children Free

Presented by

  • Snowy Monaro Arts Council,
  • Cooma District Band,
  • Cooma Harmony Chorus,
  • Monaro High School Choir


Media release for Cooma’s Anzac Eve concert