Brew Guitar Duo – Workshop & Concert – Saturday 20 October 2012

This year’s seventh annual  Cooma Music Competition is shaping up to be a truly wonderful event for Cooma, the Monaro and the Snowies. The judges for classical this year will include our local musical maestros, Robert Shearer and Rodney Clancy, as well as internationally renowned musical theatre, dance and opera director and librettist, Tessa Bremner. Tessa will also be joined by her husband, Dr Ian Macdonald, who is also an outstanding musical director, composer, theatre set designer and percussionist. The popular music section will be judged by Matt Charlesworth and Alysha Kramer from the wonderful local duo, Black Coffee.

After the success of last year’s Cooma Music Competition it has been decided to book the St Paul’s Parish hall for the extra day, that is, Saturday the 1st September. However, we hope to conduct most of the heats on the Sunday (2nd September) in the afternoon. The evening Finals Concert will still be on the Sunday at 7 pm. We are mindful that many young musicians are involved in Saturday morning sports so we will be trying our best to accommodate all our contestants.

All contestants in this year’s competition will receive a certificate. There will be a medal for first place in each of the solo heats and a trophy for the first place in each of the group and ensemble heats.  The winners of the heats will be invited back to perform in the Finals Concert on the Sunday evening. These performers will be competing for the following awards and prizes.

The Frank Scott Music Award:

This Award was our first and one and only award for the Cooma Music Competition in  2006. This award is a tribute to the late Frank Scott. Frank was a musical director of the Cooma District Band and also taught of the band instruments at Cooma School of Music for many years. This year it will be awarded to the most outstanding performance of a woodwind, brass or percussion instrument. There is an additional prize of $100 gift voucher from Cooma School of Music.

The Ron Cox Music Award:

This award is a tribute to Ron Cox who was the principal at Cooma North Primary School for many years. Ron had a great love of musical theatre. He loved singing and performing. This award for is for the most outstanding contemporary vocal performance. There is an additional prize of $50 cash.




sans-serif;”> Cooma Concert Details:

  • When: Saturday 20 October at 3.30 pm

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

  • Cost:$20 Adult/$15 Concession/$10 Student

  • Tickets: At door and /or at Cooma School of Music, Shop 2, 123 Sharp Street, Cooma NSW

  • Phone Bookings: (02) 6452 6067

  • Email:

Classical Guitar Workshop

  • When: Saturday 20 October at 12.30 – 2.30 pm

  • Where: St Paul’s Anglican Parish Hall

  • Cost:$20 Participant $10 Observer

  • Bookings Essential: Cooma School of Music (02) 6452 6067

10th Anniversary Tour
September-November 2012

Brew Guitar Duo - Matt Withers & Bradley Kunda

Australia’s much-loved Brew Guitar Duo celebrates 10 years in 2012 with 10 concerts
across the country. The duo will showcase works from its landmark album Landscape:
Australian Guitar Duets in spectacular venues including the National Gallery of Australia
in Canberra and Peter Lehmann’s Winery in the Barossa Valley.
Now an established part of the Australian guitar scene, the young and dynamic Brew Guitar Duo
has performed widely throughout the country. Performance highlights include numerous national
broadcasts on ABC Classic FM and concerts for guitar societies and international festivals in
Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Darwin and Brisbane, as well as in many regional
centres. Brew guitarists Bradley Kunda and Matthew Withers are based in Canberra, where they
are also members of Australia’s premier guitar quartet Guitar Trek.
The duo’s most recent album Landscape: Australian Guitar Duets was ABC Limelight Magazine’s
“featured recording” in March 2011, where it scored a 4.5/5 star rating. The album has also been
given a rave review in the internationally-distributed Classical Guitar Magazine (UK). Their
recordings are regularly heard on ABC Classic FM, most recently in the weeklong series On the
Verandah in November 2011.
This 10th Anniversary Tour will see Brew bring its colourful mix of exciting new Australian music
and popular Spanish favourites to various venues in Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide,
Albury, Shepparton and Cooma (details overleaf).
“A significant addition to the guitar landscape in Australia”
Victorian Classical Guitar Society
‘This disc [Landscape: Australian Guitar Duets] is a tribute to the high standard of current
Australian music, and a great success for these two accomplished performers.’
Phillip Scott, ABC Limelight Magazine, March 2011
“…Impeccable performances of Australian guitar duets…”
Classical Guitar Magazine (UK), October 2011

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