Past Events


Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium - Saturday April 24 2021

CoffsConAfter a year without concerts in Nambucca Heads a group of very talented musicians of the Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium presented a concert on Saturday April 24. They delighted the audience with a varied and ambitious programme including works by Bach, Chopin and Beethoven.

This was be our last concert for some time due to the plan to establish the library in the Main Hall for the duration of the building project to extend Nambucca Library. This is due to start soon but at this stage we are uncertain of the exact timetable for the scheduling of the rebuild. The gallery will remain open during the building phase.

Christmas Concert - December 2019

Christmas ConcertNambucca Valley Arts Council welcomed student musicians from Chatswood High School and from Valla for a Christmas Concert on Sunday December 15 as part of their Northern Tour of the Mid North Coast.

They travel up from Sydney each year with their conductor Gavin Staines and perform concerts in a variety of locations. This year they had 54 of their most experienced and talented musicians on tour including woodwind, brass, strings and an amazing array of percussion instruments. A spectacular programme of music, including the classics, carols and show-time pieces combined to give an uplifting afternoon’s entertainment.

Our local talented Valla Voices choir (inset in image,right) also added their touch of magic to the event. They sang an imaginative programme of songs, several of which were written by their own very inspiring group leaders Bonnie Nilson and Paul Jarman assisted by Pru Borgert.


Biennial Art Exhibition - September 2019

Winning EntryOur 2019 Biennial Art Exhibition was a very successful exhibition with nearly 400 entries of both high quality paintings, photography and craft. With prizes approximating $7,700 it attracted work from local artists as well as artists from Queensland, Sydney, Port Macquarie and country NSW.

Exhibits included a stunning painting by Guss Brunnekreef entitled Insight which was judged as the Peoples Choice prize.

The judge for the art and craft was Donna Simione, a well respected artist from Bellingen and the photography was judged by Colleen Myhill who has had a long career in photography.

The exhibition was opened by Susan Jenvey, a Nambucca Shire Councillor and Treasurer and Vice President of Arts Mid North Coast.

The Nambucca Valley Arts Council thanks local businesses, the RSL and the Nambucca U3A for their generosity in providing donations for some of the prizes as well as the Betty Crocker foundation for providing the major prize and the NVAC members’ prize.


Sydney Conservatorium Concert - August 2019

PerformersOnce again the Nambucca Valley Arts Council was honoured to host musicians from the Sydney Conservatorium on Saturday August 17 at the Nambucca Community Arts Centre.

This year the talented musicians were, from left to right, Ella Jeong on flute, Joshua King on clarinet, Oliver Harris on french horn, Nick Zengoski on bassoon, and Nicholas D’Silva on oboe.

The quintet performed arrangements by Carl Nielsen, Jean Francaix, and Ben Robinson, together with a trio and soloists performing compositions by Jacques Leclair,Charles-Marie Widor, Eldin Burton, Henri Tomasi, Bohuslav Martinů, Henri Dutilleux, Gordon Jacob, Camille Saint-Saens, Richard Strauss, and Bernard Krol. The quintet were accompanied by David Miller on piano.

David Miller, who has been on the staff of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music since 1980, is widely recognized as one of Australia’s leading pianists, chamber musicians and vocal accompanists. He has been appointed as a member of the Order of Australia for his service to music.

Mothers Day Concert - May 2019

Mothers DayMusicians of the Coffs Harbour Conservatorium enthralled the audience at the Arts Council Mother’s Day Concert on Sunday May 12 with a stunning performance of some of our favourite classics.

The performers were “The Coffs Harbour Academy Ensemble” and included Alex McPherson, Jenne Ngiau-Keng (insert), Faith Spriggs , Rose Light and Felix Hughes-Chivers. They presented a wonderful programme of classics by Bach, Mozart , Massenet and others.

It was a heart warming concert with great appreciation from all present and a fitting way to celebrate Mother’s Day.