NRC Silver Jubilee

NRC Silver JubileeOn 21st January 1991 the Northern Rivers College Music Centre became incorporated in its own right as the Northern Rivers Conservatorium Arts Centre Inc. Since that time, hundreds of teachers have taught thousands of students and 2016 is a perfect time to reflect on the achievements of this wonderful community organisation during 25th Birthday celebrations.

The project is a creative development & presentation program celebrating the Northern Rivers Conservatorium Silver Jubilee and the stories connected to its historic building.

NRC alumni & teachers, local musicians and community with guest conductor Richard Gill and visual artist Kelly O’Dempsey will present a major multi-artform performance in the grounds of the Northern Rivers Conservatorium 13 – 15 October 2016. The building which houses the Northern Rivers Conservatorium has been in educational use for over 100 years and has great significance to generations of Lismore families.

NRC Silver Jubilee partnering with RealArtWorks “The Building(s) Still Lives” to present THE HOMECOMING provides an opportunity for the whole community to participate in a free multi-artform event that is about their stories. This project will inject pride into the community and strengthen the sense of place associated with NRC’s historic building and all its residing organisations that are now located across the town.

2016 Program of Celebrations


Thursday 13th October 2016

  • Homecoming Launch – 6pm

    With Key note address by Richard Gill

    Conservatorium Keen St Courtyard


Friday 14th October 2016


A morning with Richard Gill – Professional Development for Music Teachers

Conservatorium Concert Room

The Buildings(S) Still Lives

Gates open 5pm with Pre show activities in Library Courtyard (Block B)

Live music

Food available

Roving Performers

7 pm Peggy Pop Art – Art Excavation- guided interactive tour

6pm Historical Tour of the Buildings- meet at Library Foyer ( BLOCK B)

Live art and installations

6.30pm and 7pm   Join the Lismore High School War Cry and Athletics House competition.

Judges: Ex LHS teachers Bob Phillips and Miriam Smith

Extended Library Hours to 7pm

Performance Starts 8pm


Saturday 15th October 2016

Homecoming Family Day

From 1pm- 6pm

1pm- 6pm Vintage and Handmade Markets

Food Stalls,

Library Bonza Book Sale from1pm (Block B)

3pm Early Childhood Music Class (Block A)

Homecoming Community Stage

4.30pm Historical Tour of the Buildings

Extended Library Hours to 7pm


NRC Silver Jubilee Celebration

Performance starts 8pm in Library and Conservatorium Grounds Courtyard

Food available on site 6pm from Earth Oven Pizza, Black Sombrero and the Coffee Cart

Celebrate 25 years of The Northern Rivers Conservatorium

NRC Silver Jubilee Open-air concert

  • Guest Conductor Richard Gill
  • Open-air concert with the beautiful Northern Rivers Conservatorium building as the back-drop.
  • Community orchestra and choir to perform original work composed by Mark Bromley.
  • Kellie O’Dempsey – Performance Drawing Installation Artist
  • Multi-artform – projections on to building.
  • Electronic Music and Dance piece.
  • Exhibitions – history, photographs, text, video, sound

About the Artists

Richard Gill OAM

Richard Gill OAM

Richard Gill OAM is one of Australia’s pre-eminent conductors and is internationally respected as a music educator, specialising in opera, musical theatre and vocal and choral training.  His work in developing young musicians and creating opportunities for them is recognised worldwide.  In addition to his role as Artistic Director of the Sydney Symphony’s Education Program, he is Music Director of Victorian Opera (since its inception in 2066).  He has also been Artistic Director of OzOpera, Artistic Director and Chief Conductor of the Canberra Symphony Orchestra, is a conductor for the Ears Wide Open program (Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) and Advisor for the Musica Viva in Schools program.  He regularly conducts main stage performances for Opera Australia and major Australian orchestras.

Kellie O’Dempsey

Kellie O’Dempsey

Focusing on live art and performance drawing, Kellie O’Dempsey develops inclusive site-specific installations and performances.  Working both solo and in collaboration with sound and contemporary dance, Kellie is currently completing a Doctorate in Visual Arts at Queensland College of Art in Brisbane.  Hybrid in form, incorporating projection, video, collage, architectural space, gestural line, performance and digital drawing Kellie describes her work as Performance Drawing.  This diverse practice investigates notions of transformation through improvisation and happenstance.  O’Dempsey’s public and private production aims to enable an inclusive form of cultural interaction via performance and play.

Phil Blackman

Phil Blackman

Phil Blackman is a choreographer and performance artist.  He has performed throughout parts of Europe and South East Asia, performed and facilitated workshops in regional and metropolitan Australia and is an Associate Artist with NORPA. Phil was a feature performer in NORPA’s ‘Railway Wonderland’.

Photo: Kate Holmes

Mark Bromley

Mark Bromley

Mark Bromley is a musician, educator, composer and arranger living in the Northern Rivers of NSW.  His music blends elements of the classical art tradition, world music, jazz and pop.  This experience has led to composing and arranging for larger ensembles from jazz quartet and big band to orchestra.  He has composed and arranged music for several medium including concert platform, studio recording, theatre and contemporary media.  Currently he plays and arranges for an 11 piece swing band (Well Swung Daddies), a six piece neo swing rockabilly band (Hepcats) a flamenco troup (Arte Gitano) a community orchestra (Lismore Orkezta) and the Northern Rivers Conservatorium’s World Music Ensemble.  Mark is a long standing and well loved teacher at the Con where he schools the willing in Guitar, Bass, Violin, Mandolin, Ensemble, Composition and Theory.

Andy Downer

Andy Downer

Andy has a Bachelor of Arts in contemporary music (UNE NR).  He was awarded the Dolphin Award for Music and Technology in 1991, and the Mike Perjanik Scholarship for Composition in 1992.  He established his own composing and audio production business, A.D.STUDIO, in the year 2000, releasing 11 production music albums for Beatbox Music and five with EMI New York / Quantum Tracks.  Andy has scored the music for several documentaries, including James Cameron’s ‘James Cameron’s Vision’, Telcase International’s ‘Komodo, Kingdom of the Dragon’ and ‘Earth TV’, and The Weekend Australian’s ‘Wild Australia’ series.


Our Partners

RealArtWorks – Building Still Lives – The Homecoming
Lismore Regional Gallery
Arts Northern Rivers
Lismore City Council
Lismore Regional Library
Southern Cross University
Rivers Secondary College - Lismore High School
Lismore Historical Society

Get Involved!

You’re invited to participate in our NRC Silver Jubilee as a volunteer working on Staging, Production or Media.

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