Donation hits the right note

COFFS Harbour's musical history is about to segue into its next movement, with the news that a donor has committed $750,000 to a new home for the city's major music body.

Coffs Harbour Regional Conservatorium director Carol Hellmers said 'a local benefactor' had pledged the big sum towards the $2 million cost of a new permanent home for the Conservatorium.

The Conservatorium, which has been operating in a series of leased premises since its inception, is now involved in negotiations to acquire an existing building.

Combined with the $250,000 pledged by the NSW Government's Department of Education and Training, the benefactor's gift means the Con is halfway to its goal.

Ms Hellmers said the building they were looking at offered a 175-seat performance space which would be available for community use and rehearsals and which would at least double the present number of teaching studios.

It is also located closer to town than their current premises at HomeBase.

“The big bonus is the performance space, because at present we don't have that at all,” she said,

Because of commercial-in-confidence considerations, she would not identify the building further.

A donor campaign, launched on Saturday at the sold-out performance of Oz Opera's Madame Butterfly, is already resulting in a trickle of funds from the community.

Gift are tax deductible and brochures and envelopes are available from the Conservatorium offices at HomeBase. For details phone: 6652 1592.

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