Performing Arts & Music
Hire available for use of acoustic music room and church for concerts and events; seminar room for hire; scholarship programs; teaching facilities. Weekly Wednesday lunchtime concerts 12:40-1:20pm. Programs can be found on our website.
The Centre hosts around 120 concerts or other public musical events a year as well as a diversity of other activities including music courses, recording sessions, private music teaching, regular U3A courses, music examinations, master classes and public lectures. Organ concerts and larger scale choral and orchestral events take place in Wesley Church which also has excellent acoustics.
A popular activity at the Centre is the inexpensive Wednesday Lunchtime Live concert series which runs for an average of 45 weeks every year from February to December. These short concerts are from 12.40pm to 1.20pm and they feature a great variety of performers, including talented students from the ANU School of Music, Wesley Scholars, students from secondary schools and private music studios, professional musicians, artists in musical shows and visiting internationals. The audience includes workers in nearby offices, people bused from retirement villages, colleagues and friends of artists and a diversity of people from the community at large.
A number of joint ventures have been organised with community associations, including the Canberra Classical Guitar Society, the Carillon Society of Australia(awards for young composers), Harp Centre Australia and The Canberra String Festival. The Music Centre also supports fund raisings for charities and students in need of financial support for various purposes, including attending seminars and overseas studies.
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