Let the music begin

COFFS Harbour Regional Conservatorium needs your help.

With the purchase of a new building under negotiation and plans for a new and improved venue complete, the only thing left for the conservatorium to do is raise the appropriate funds to get it done.

Having already secured a massive $1 million in pledges - $250,000 from the State Government and $750,000 from one very generous local donor - the staff at the conservatorium are asking for help from the community to secure the rest of the $2 million needed to get the new building up and running.

“We've identified a fantastic space that we are in negotiations to purchase - which means the conservatorium will have a permanent home,” director Carol Hellmers said.

“That venue will comprise of 16 rehearsal studios, as well as a performance area that will seat about 175 people. That's something we don't have at the moment.

“That won't just be available for our students and staff; there will be space for rehearsal for other groups. There's plenty of space for art and craft exhibitions, and Coffs Harbour doesn't have a Youth Orchestra, simply because we don't have the space. We could look at establishing one.

“And downstairs will have a full recording studio, which can be leased out.

“It really will be a space that can be utilised by the whole community.”

Mrs Hellmers said they were hoping to have obtained the funds and to be fitting the premises by the end of 2009.

To obtain a donors flyer or for more information, phone 6652 1592 or drop into the conservatorium at Park Beach Homebase.

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