The Con Artists
Now in its fourth year of existence, our 45 member world music community ensemble, The Con Artists has continued its busy schedule this year with a number of performances around Wollongong and successful tours to The National Folk festival in Canberra and The Perisher Peak Festival.
The Con Artists continues to provide interesting opportunities for our students. Thank you to the entire volunteer organising committee who work out the logistics of getting the group to music festivals and other events. In particular I would like to thank Robyn Phillips, who has recently moved to Canberra, for her support and work during the formative years of this group, and Greg Knight who has recently stepped down as President of the Con Artists organising committee. Greg has been tireless in his commitment to community music, and has contributed an enormous amount to the Con and the local Wollongong community over ten years or so of working on community orchestra projects, The Concord Community Band and The Con Artists.
New Ensemble for Adults
Expanding the Con’s offering of community music, a new ensemble in a similar mould to The Con Artists was created last term. The ‘Curious Rendition Orchestra’ is an ensemble for adults – in particular beginner adults, or those coming back to music after playing a little during their school years.
This new ensemble will attempt to cater for any instrument. Among the 25 musicians attending so far we have violin, viola, cello, bass, drums, saxophone, clarinet, bass clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone, baritone, tuba, accordion, harmonica, guitar, and ukulele.
There were definitely as few nerves happening in the first rehearsal. A number of those attending had never played in an ensemble before. It soon became evident that this was an ensemble where mistakes and bad sounds are very much tolerated (and occasionally even even celebrated).
Adults with little or no skill on an instrument are invited to join The Curious rendition Orchestra this term. Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings 7.00-8.30pm in Room 1.
Honk Festival of Street Music (Jan 9-11, 2015)
The Con is pleased to partner with The Illawarra Folk Club and Wollongong City Council to present the Honk Oz Festival of Street Music. Workshops for school students and community musicians will be held at the Con, and performances will occur at various locations around the Wollongong Arts Precinct. A fringe event of The Illawarra Folk Festival, Honk! will have a fun colourful vibe with a strong focus on participation. For more info go to www.honkfest.org.au.