Events 2021

January 31

Happy Birthday Benjamin Thorn!

A celebration of one of Australia's most prolific composers.

Benjamin Thorn is an important contributor to Australian recorder music.

Uniting Church

Rusden St, Armidale


April 18

Crosswinds Duo

Performance of Crosswinds Duo (Maryanne Piper & Alana Blackburn)

with special guest Damian Wright (flamenco guitar) for the launch of the New

England International Circle

Danica Park, Nemingah. NSW

Donation $29 includes food and drink



April 19


A children's show angled around New England children's author Sophie Masson's children's picture book, 'Join the Armidale Parade', illustrated by local illustrator Kathy Creamer and published by local publisher Little Pink Dog Books, and it's attracted a lot of enthusiasm from the schools, especially as it will be happening around the traditional time of the actual Parade in Armidale.

Sophie Masson - Author

Alana Blackburn - Recorders

Maryanne Piper - Clarinet

Damian Wright - Guitar

St Joseph's Primary school, Uralla

April 20


10 am - Kelly's Plains Public School


12pm - Armidale City Public School 

2pm - Drummond Public School

April 29 - May 2

New England Bach Festival

Sydney Consort  "Farewell concert: Bach and Sons"- Music from the Bach family for violin, recorder and harpsichord by JS, WF, CPE and JC Bach, and a little Handel on the side.

Stan Kornel - Violin

Alana Blackburn - Recorder

Monika Kornel - Harpsichord

Thursday 29th April

Uniting Church, Armidale



"The German Recorder and Friends" 

Premiere of a new work by Steve Thorneycroft for recorder and guitar

Alana Blackburn - Recorders

Steve Thorneycroft - Guitars

Friday 30th April

Uniting Church, Armidale



June 19th

12 Threads

New Australian Art song project brought to you by Blush Opera

Supported by the City of Sydney

Vicki Lee Gallery

2/350 Bourke St, Surry Hills

Tickets Free Register at

October TBC

Regrowth? New Multimedia work for recorder by Ros Bandt premiere

New England Regional Art Gallery

Armidale NSW

January 18 & 19

Chaos & Chasms 

A program of French Baroque repertoire by historical performance

musicians around Australia.

Saturday 18, 7pm

Sunday 19, 2pm

The Oratory - Abbotsford Convent

1 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford VIC


Tickets: or cash at the door

January 21-25

Tamworth Country Music Festival

Various appearances throughout events at the TCMF

Wednesday 22nd January: 11am 'Story Time' Tamworth Library

Friday 24th January: 11am Entrepreneurs Hour discussion panel, UNE Tamworth

Tamworth, NSW

April 4th and 5th - Cancelled

St John Passion - J.S. Bach

Saturday 4th April: Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium, 3.00pm

Sunday 5th April: TAS Hoskins Centre, Armidale. 7.30pm

For Tickets:

April 25th - Cancelled

Away from Home

Performance with local Ezidi musicians

May 7-10 - Cancelled

New England Bach Festival 

Performances with some of Australia's finest early music ensembles

Thursday 7th May - Sydney Consort 'Farewell Concert, Bach and sons'

7.30pm Uniting Church


Saturday 9th May - Austral Harmony 'Bach and Florid Song'

7.30pm TAS Memorial Hall

See for details


May 24

Free Space — Live music from an empty gallery

FREE SPACE is a series of live performances at New England Regional Art Museum featuring local musicians using the unique physical qualities of the gallery's spaces to explore sonic possibilities.

Download the program notes here.



November 22

Inverell Music Society

Early music for recorder and lute/guitar with local guitarist Steve Thorneycroft


Inverell Art Gallery, 5 Evans St, Inverell NSW

December 13

Fiori Musicali

Sunday 6.00pm

The Armidale School. Armidale NSW

Tickets $20: or at the door