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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



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