FUNDING BOOST: Member for Lismore Thomas George presents a cheque for $25,958 to Northern Rivers Conservatorium executive director Anita Bellman and chairman of the board, Don Burgess.
FUNDING BOOST: Member for Lismore Thomas George presents a cheque for $25,958 to Northern Rivers Conservatorium executive director Anita Bellman and chairman of the board, Don Burgess.

More coin for Con projects

A NEW local theatre production and a choral extravaganza have secured funding for the Northern Rivers Conservatorium Arts Centre in Lismore.

Lismore MP Thomas George announced last Friday the funding had been awarded under the State Government's Arts Funding program.

Anita Bellman, the executive director of the Conservatorium, said she was delighted to be given the money for two new projects.

Funding for the theatre production will bring the Conservatorium into partnership with NORPA.

"After the astounding success of their production Railway Wonderland, we're going into a creative partnership with them again, with a new work involving the local community," Anita said.

"And the other project is funding for another Choralfest, which was the vision of the late Michael Molloy, the unofficial mayor of Bangalow. We miss him, terribly.

"The Choralfest involves community choirs from all over the Northern Rivers region and we might even think of inviting people from further afield as well."

The funding announcement was for $14,550 for Choralfest and $11,408 for the Conservatorium to provide a composer/musical director for a new theatre piece to be produced in partnership with NORPA called The Return.

The performance will be developed through a series of NORPA workshops to be held in the new year. The community will be involved, and, like Railway Wonderland, the Lismore railway station will be used as one of its sites.

Lismore MP Thomas George said the funding recognises the value of conservatoriums in regional areas.

"Especially the Northern Rivers one - it's not just Lismore. The funding of the two programs indicates it's supporting the whole Northern Rivers to provide the opportunity for the Conservatorium to work with NORPA," he said.

It won't be the first time. The two arts groups are coming together for World Stages, being held at City Hall on Saturday, October 6.


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