The Silver Jubilee was a huge success with over a thousand people attending the events over the 4 days starting with the Launch on Thursday night to the final Silver Jubilee Concert on the Saturday night.

During the launch on Thursday night, Richard Gill reminded those who attended not to take the Northern Rivers Conservatorium for granted. He reminded people that institutions like these with the community involvement are dwindling throughout Australia. Richard also talked about the national problem of music education. He reiterated these issues in the Northern Star interview published on Monday 17th October:

“The Northern Rivers Conservatorium is exemplary”, he said. “Farmers’ kids can be musical.” “Every child should have the opportunity to participate in music.” Mr Gill said music education was “a new national problem” and that he has started a new National Music Teachers Program. “Lismore is quite active in the area” he said. “What’s happening here tonight is a mold for all conservatory because this is original music and it has the involvement of the youngest through to the oldest.”

On the lead up, during and after the Silver Jubilee, the events and musicians graced the pages of the Northern Star and Lismore Echo on many occasions, including a wonderful photo the front page with teachers and musicians for the Silver Jubilee Concert (see below). Visit our Facebook page for  photos from the event (

The orchestra and choir were thrilled to work with maestro Richard Gill. His musical expertise brought Mark Bromley’s composition to a whole new level on the Silver Jubilee Concert to complete the celebrations.

A huge thanks to all involved.

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