What's On

Performing Arts Nights 2017 (PANs)

TERM 1 Monday 3 April, Tuesday 4 April, Wednesday 5 April, Thursday 6 April at 7.00pm

These student concerts are held over 4 nights in the last two weeks of each term. They are a wonderful opportunity for students to showcase music they have been performing during the term in their weekly lessons. The relaxed, informal atmosphere is perfect for first time performers and more experienced musicians, as performance practise for exams, eisteddfods and HSC music exams.

In Term 1, a special travelling PAN concert will be held at the Grafton Library. Come along for an evening of music among the books.

Clarence Valley Conservatorium Auditorium (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday)

Grafton Library (Wednesday)

Entry by gold coin

Visiting Artists Concert Series 2017


The Clarence Valley Conservatorium (CVCon) is able to present nationally and internationally recognised artists through the assistance of the Department of Education. 

In 2017, the Visiting Artists are:

The Spooky Men's Chorale; 24 February

Johannes Moller - Guitar; 16 March

Australian Brass Quintet; 2 May

Syzygy Ensemble; 13 August

Roman Rudnytsky - Piano; 8 September

Elena Kats-Chernin and Tamara-Anna Cislowska - Composer and Piano; 21 October

Thomas Leleu - Tuba; 28 October CANCELLED

Syzygy Ensemble is an award-winning contemporary music group based in Melbourne. After just one year of performing together they were awarded first prize in the chamber music section of the Australian Concerto and Vocal Competition and, subsequently, were the only Australian group selected to perform at the 2011 Gaudeamus International Interpreter’s Award in Amsterdam. Since then, they have gained a reputation as one of Australia’a finest new music ensembles, lauded for their virtuoso precision, innovative programming, and ability to connect with their audiences. They were nominated for a Helpmann Award for a George Crumb tribute concert in 2012, and in 2014 were the recipient of the Melbourne Recital Centre’s Contemporary Masters Award. Last year they released their debut CD, ‘Making Signs’, containing specially commissioned works by some of Australia's finest composers.

As passionate musicians who delight in communicating with their audiences, Syzygy have designed an introductory program to inspire music lovers with a selection of future classics - from the thrilling virtuosity of Takuma Itoh’s “Parallel Divergence” to the ethereal effervescence of David Lang’s “Sweet Air” - reward your curiosity and experience these stunning works.

 Roman Rudnytsky is an American concert pianist of Ukrainian background who has performed for many years in over 95 countries. He has brought the pleasure of classical music to audiences throughout the world, from some of the largest concert halls in capital cities as well as to small towns that are away from the musical mainstream and seldom experience this type of music in live performance.

In 2017 we are pleased Roman will make a return visit to the Clarence Valley to thrill audiences with pianistic virtuosity.

Prior to his Friday night concert, Roman will present a masterclass for students of the CVCon and Clarence Valley.

Celebrating the release by ABC Classics of Butterflying: the music of Elena Kats-Chernin, 2015 ARIA winner for 'Best Classical Album', pianist Tamara-Anna Cislowska and one of Australia's great composers, Elena Kats-Chernin, (Eliza Aria, The Divorce) invite you to a thrilling, unique experience of creation, expression and adventure.
Performing four hands at the piano and improvising live, second-to-second, the duo traverse the wondrous catalogue of Kats-Chernin's music, presenting well-loved works in an utterly new light and unveiling new treasures in this intimate tête-a-tête with the composer and her long-time collaborator.

Preceding the concert both Elena and Tamara-Anna will present workshops, Elena focusing on composition techniques and Tamara-Anna working with piano students.

French tuba player Thomas Leleu, was born in Lille and is the first tuba player to have ever won the award "Revelation Instrumental Soloist of the Year" at the annual French classical music award event, the Victoires de la musique classique. At only 29 years of age, Thomas Leleu is considered as "the young world star of the tuba".

In 2015/2016, Thomas performed at various festivals and as a soloist with different orchestras (Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille, Bad Kissingen Summer Festival in Germany, Floréal Musical d’Epinal, les Concerts de Poche, Festival du Vigan, au théâtre Impérial de Compiègne). He toured and give master classes in the USA, in Asia, Brazil, Spain, Italy and France.

The Clarence Valley Conservatorium is pleased to welcome Thomas on his first Australian tour and to perfrom during Grafton's Jacaranda Festival.