In 2014, the Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium launched The Academy, a chamber music program for talented music students in the greater Coffs Harbour region. This is a unique concept that allows higher-level instrumental students to experience chamber music and performance techniques that would otherwise only be available to them during tertiary music studies, and gives them the advantage of becoming well versed in all aspects of major chamber music works. There are 3-4 different ensembles formed and rehearsed per term and at least one performance per term, with a Gala Academy performance towards the end of the year.

The program is directed by Acting Artistic Director, Pat Brearley and assisted by Alex McPherson, along with occasional visiting artists and outstanding tutors, chosen to complement each ensemble.

The Academy performed to great acclaim over the past two years and the Bellingen Fine Music Festival is delighted to again showcase the young musical talent of The Academy at the 2017 Festival.


Visit The Academy website