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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. http://youtu.be/hAp0GY57LjI

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: allan@coomamusic.com.au

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



Bradley Kunda Classical Guitarist performs in Cooma on 19th February

When: Sunday 19 February 2012 at 7.30 pm
Where: St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, more info Commissioner Street Cooma NSW 2630
Available at Cooma School of Music, Shop 2 Parkview Arcade 123 Sharp Street Cooma. Phone (02) 6452 6067
$20 Adults
$15 Concessions
$10 Students
Refreshments available.


Bradley Kunda started playing the guitar at the age of six. Born and raised in Adelaide, he studied flamenco guitar for four years before furthering his classical studies with Hungarian-born guitarist András Tüské. In 2005, Bradley won the coveted National Undergraduate Scholarship at the Australian National University, where he completed a bachelor degree in music with first class honours under the notable Australian guitarist Tim Kain, while also studying for a bachelor degree in law. Bradley is currently a PhD candidate in guitar performance at the Australian National University. He is also preparing to complete specialist studies in early-19th century guitar performance practice at the Accademia l’Ottocento (Italy), studying under Carlo Barone.

Bradley has won first prize in the Fifth International Competition “Festival de Córdoba” (Spain), and the audience prize in the Nikšić International Guitar Competition (Montenegro), determined by voters on live satellite television. He was awarded the 2007 Erika Haas Award for the most outstanding instrumental performance student at the Australian National University. He is currently the recipient of an Australian Professional Award.

Bradley is actively engaged in bringing a diverse and accessible range of chamber music to new audiences. As a member of the BREW Guitar Duo and contemporary music septet dominantSEVEN, he has commissioned significant new works by Australian composers including Robert Davidson and Richard Charlton. As a soloist and chamber musician, his performances have included concerts at the Córdoba International Guitar Festival (Spain), the Project Canción Española (Spain), the Nikšić International Guitar Festival (Montenegro), the Canberra International Chamber Music Festival and the Darwin International Guitar Festival (Australia). In 2009, Bradley joined Australia’s leading guitar quartet, Guitar Trek, which has pioneered new repertoire for the guitar family for over two decades under the leadership of Tim Kain. Bradley also enjoys collaborative projects with clarinettist Nicole Canham and soprano Rebecca MacCallion.

As a composer, Bradley has been featured in ABC Classic FM’s Young Australian Composers series celebrating “Australian Music Month.” His guitar works are regularly played on ABC Classic FM, and have been finalist entries in the 3rd International Australian Guitar Composition Competition, and the ASME Young Composers’ Awards. In 2011, Bradley won the Canberra Classical Guitar Society Composition Competition, which awards him a commission to compose a new work for guitar orchestra. In addition to writing guitar music, Bradley’s work for carillon will soon be published in an upcoming volume of Australian carillon music. Bradley’s choral works have also been performed by the choir of the Wesley Uniting Church in Forrest, Canberra.

Bradley is on staff in the Guitar Department at the Australian National University School of Music, where he has also tutored and lectured in various undergraduate musicology subjects.



Programme for Cooma Concert:

Bradley Kunda

Five Preludes (Heitor Villa-Lobos)

Selections from Los Caprichos de Goya (Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco)

  • I – Francisco Goya y Lucientes, Pintor
  • VIII – Dios la perdone; y era su madre
  • XIII – ¿Quién más rendido?


In the Woods (Toru Takemitsu)

  • Wainscot Pond
  • Rosedale
  • Muir Woods


Variations on a theme of Scriabin (Alexandre Tansman)


Sonata for solo guitar (Atanas Ourkouzounov)

  • Allegro assai
  • Adagio quasi canzone
  • Vivo


Matt Withers CD “Solo”

From one of Australia’s leading guitarists…


Track Listing:

  • Zapateado – R. Sainz de la Maza
  • Campanas de Alba – E. Sainz de la Maza
  • Usher Waltz (Edgar A. Poe – Fall of the House of Usher) – Nikita Koshkin
  • Black Wattle Caprices – Ross Edwards
  • Hinchinbrook Riffs for guitar and digital delay – Nigel Westlake

Price: $15


As heard on ABC Classic FM…

Matt Withers can be heard regularly on  ABC Classic FM. Often he’s performing with Bradley Kunda in the Brew Guitar Duo. Both Matt and Bradley also play in the fabulous quartet, approved Guitar Trek.

Other CDs with Matt Withers:

Brew Guitar Duo Songs & Dances CD $20

Brew Guitar Duo Landscape $25


Available from:

Cooma School of Music
Shop 2, therapist Parkview Arcade, mind 123 Sharp Street,
Cooma, NSW 2630
Phone: 02 6452 6067
Fax: 02 6452 4938
Email: allan@coomamusic.com.au



Matt Withers Solo Guitar Concert in Cooma – Sunday 30 October

Matt Withers

Renowned classical guitarist, ampoule Matt Withers will be performing in Cooma in October this year as part of his “Solo” CD tour.

  • When: Sunday 30 October 2011 at 3.00 pm.
  • Where: St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall, population health Commissioner Street, dermatologist Cooma NSW
  • Cost: $20 Adults, $15 Concesssions, $10 Students  (includes free afternoon tea)
  • Tickets will be available at the door and Cooma School of Music, shop 2, 123 Sharp Street Cooma.
  • Phone Bookings: (02) 6452 6067

This concert is proudly supported by Cooma School of Music

About Matt Withers:

Matthew Withers is a Masters graduate of the Australian National University (ANU) School of Music where he studied Classical Guitar Performance under the renowned performer and pedagogue, Timothy Kain.

Matt has given performances throughout Australia and internationally. In 2010 he travelled to Shanghai to perform at the World Expo. Here he was featured in the Australian Pavilion as part of their VIP Rising Star program. As part of both Guitar Trek and Brew Guitar Duo, Matt has given live, nationwide broadcast concerts for ABC Classic FMs Sunday Live Program.

As well as launching his performing career two of Australia’s leading chamber guitar ensembles, Matt has had considerable success as a soloist. After learning classical guitar for only 4 years, he won the title Best Young South Australian Guitarist in the Australian National Open Guitar Competition. In 2006, he was placed first in Open Solo event of the McDonalds Performing Arts Challenge and was a semi-finalist of the 2010 Adelaide International Guitar Festival.

Matt is an artist of diverse talents. He has become proficient as a recording technician whilst working as the assistant to Niven Stines (Technical Manager) at the ANU. In this role, Matt has recorded many quality guitarists including Timothy Kain, Harold Gretton and Minh Le Hoang as well as two discs for the Brew Guitar Duo and his recent debut solo album.

Matt studied in Adelaide under the successful classical teacher, András Tüské, prior to his tertiary studies. During this period, he also participated in the Suzuki Autumn Schools and became a role model for the younger players as leader of the South Australian Youth Guitar Ensemble.

The CDs:

Matt Withers_Solo

Brew Duo_Landscape

Brew Duo_Songs & Dances


Brew Guitar Duo – Landscape (new CD release)

Landscape by Brew Guitar Duo - $25

Landscape is the second CD by the Brew Guitar Duo. Matthew Withers and Bradley Kunda are of a new generation of classical guitar players that are following in the footsteps of great Australian guitarist such as John Williams and Tim Kain.  This fantastic new CD  features music written entirely by Australian composers.  I feel that this reflects the high degree of skill, about it self confidence and maturity that is evident in many younger classical guitarist in Australia today.

The Brew Guitar Duo’s first CD is “Songs and Dances” is also still available.

Songs and Dances by Brew Guitar Duo - $25

Available from:

Cooma School of Music
Shop 2, tablets Parkview Arcade, 123 Sharp Street,
Cooma, NSW 2630
Phone: 02 6452 6067
Fax: 02 6452 4938
Email: allan@coomamusic.com.au

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Brew Guitar Duo in Cooma!

Bradley Kunda and Matthew Withers perform as the Brew Guitar Duo

Bradley Kunda and Matthew Withers perform as the Brew Guitar Duo

Title: Brew Guitar Duo in Cooma!
Location: St Pauls Anglican Church Hall, sovaldi 138 Commissioner St Cooma
Link out: http://www.brewguitarduo.com/
Description: Bradley Kunda and Matthew Withers perform as the Brew Guitar Duo as part of their NSW tour and CD launch. Bradley And Matthew are frequently heard on ABC Classic FM’s “Drive” programmme with Julia Lester. They have also been featured the ABC’s “Australia All Over” programme. The duo was also profiled on ABC “Stateline” in September 2008.
Start Time: 5.00 pm
Date: Sunday 15th November 2009

Tickets: $15 Concessions/ $20 Adult

ABC Sunday Live concert – BREW Guitar Duo



  • Powerful 180-Watt 2-channel bass workstation in wedge-shaped cabinet
  • Original BUGERA 12” Hard Attack aluminum-cone speaker
  • Clean channel with dedicated Gain control
  • Distortion channel with dedicated Gain, glands
    Shape and Level controls
  • Ultra-musical, tadalafil
    active 7-band graphic EQ with FBQ Spectrum Analyzer
  • Revolutionary “See what you play” FBQ frequency indicator for instant sound shaping
  • Switchable Ultrabass subharmonics processor for unbelievable low-end power
  • Integrated Compressor smoothens out volume peaks when playing dynamic slaps
  • Musical opto-limiter for ultimate volume without distortion
  • Dual footswitch for Channel select and Ultrabass function included
  • Separate headphone output—perfect for quiet practicing
  • Balanced XLR DI and line outputs for direct connection to your mixing console
  • CD input allows you to play along to your favorite music
  • Dedicated FX Insert for external effects devices (stomp boxes, more about
    rack effects, etc.)
  • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
  • Conceived and designed by BEHRINGER Germany

When a stack is too high and a practice amp just doesn’t cut it, then this truly affordable wedge-shaped Bass Workstation with a powerful 12″ Hard Attack aluminum-cone speaker is exactly right! With 180 Watts of output horse power, your performance will never run out of breath. And it’s fully loaded: one clean and one distortion channel with full control, a 7-band EQ with a revolutionary “See-What-You-Play” FBQ frequency indicator that immediately shows you which bass frequency corresponds with which fader on your EQ to allow you instant sound shaping, a switchable Ultrabass subharmonics processor and a compressor with adjustable threshold are just a few of the feature highlights. A musical limiter guarantees playing without distortion on the clean channel even at the highest volume levels, plus we’ve included a dual footswitch for channel select. Using external FX units is easy with the dedicated FX insert, and you can use the separate headphone output whenever you need to keep your music just to yourself.


Behringer GM108 V-tone Guitar Amp Combo ($149.99)

  • Extremely versatile practice amplifier with authentic analog amp modeling
  • Original vintage-design guitar speaker
  • Authentic analog modeling for 3 classic guitar amps, link
    3 speaker simulation models plus 3 gain modes—providing you with 27 classic sound presets
  • Wide-range Drive control for super-fat sounds with any pickup types
  • Dedicated 3-band EQ and Master level control
  • CD input allows you to play along with your favorite music
  • Powerful Headphone output with speaker simulation
  • High-quality components and exceptionally rugged construction ensure long life
  • Conceived and designed by BEHRINGER Germany

The V-TONE GM108 is an extremely versatile analog modeling practice guitar combo with an 8″ speaker. It features 3 selectable classic guitar amps, unhealthy
3 speaker simulation models plus 3 gain modes—providing you with 27 classic sound settings. Its wide-range drive control lets you have super-fat sounds with any pickup types. There is a dedicated 3-band EQ and master level control, plus a CD input that lets you to play along with your favorite music.

Bradley Kunda & Matthew Withers performing as the Brew Guitar Duo

Bradley Kunda & Matthew Withers performing as the Brew Guitar Duo

Title: ABC Sunday Live concert – BREW Guitar Duo
Location: Llewellyn Hall, prescription
School of Music ANU
Link out: Click here
Start Time: 3.00 pm
Date: Sunday 26th April 2009

The Brew Guitar Duo (Bradley Kunda and Matthew Withers) as part of the ABC live radio broadcast series coming from Llewellyn Hall.  Audience members must be in their seats 10 minutes prior to the start of the broadcast and be “very, very quiet…”