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  • In 2014 after strong growth of the orchestra in the past year, particularly with many younger members joining, the orchestras success has been marked by many invitations to perform including at the CanDo Charity fundraiser, international multicultural day, the TAFE graduation ceremony and the Red Cross Centenary concert (at the invitation of Bellingen Red Cross the Orchestra will put on a special concert in honour of this centenary).The orchestra has also been invited back to Bowraville theatre for a public concert after a first ever successful concert there in 2013.  The orchestra continues to go from strength to strength under conductor Tim Egan.
  • In 2013 fabulous muso Tim Egan will return to the orchestra as conductor.  The Orchestra is grateful for the time Peter Kaukiainen gave during 2012 and the expansion in membership is a feather in his cap.  In 2013 Tim Egan is taking on the role. Tim has previously played first trumpet and on occasions conducted the orchestra.  He will take up the baton full time in late January.  Tim is an accomplished musician with a great sense of blending orchestra sound and pleasing audiences.  Tim has experience with classical music, musicals and more modern film music and is particularly supportive of younger musicians and their development as ensemble players.  He has a gift for teaching and making music fun for all.  Aditya van der Meulen will continue as assistant conductor and will work with Tim during the year.  In 2013 a new percussionist will join the orchestra replacing Lionel Stead who has moved to Newcastle and we have had enquiries from a new violinist and a new flautist who wish to test the waters and consider joining.
  • Orchestra grows. Under conductor Peter Kaukiainen, Coffs Orchestra is undergoing a growth spurt.  Recent additions to the orchestra include 4 flautists, a soprano saxophonist and a tenor saxophonist and 3 cellists.  The Orchestra is always on the lookout for more violinists and violists and is currently also seeking, in particular, an oboist, a trombone player,  additional trumpeters and french horn players and a double bass player to round out our sound.

(since this item several violinists, a french horn player, two trombonists and two oboists have arrived - still after a double bass player though and an extra french horn player would be great as ours is moving city in 2013 when we will also need a replacement percussionist)

News Highlights from 2010

  • Coffs Orchestra is grateful to conductor Sjoerd van der Meulen for shaping us up in advance of the gala concert and to his spouse, assistant conductor Aditya van der Meulen for taking us through to our November concert.  We are pleased to announce that from 2011, Peter Kaukiainen will become our new full time conductor.  Peter is well known for conducting musical theatre in Coffs and teaches at St Augustines school.  He is an accomplished musician, competent on most orchestral instruments and will bring energy and enthusiasm to the role.
  • Coffs Orchestra farewells conductor Greg Ellsmore and thanks him for his efforts since 2006. The Orchestra is now very lucky and very pleased to be under the baton of Sjoerd van der Meulen.  Originally from Friesland in the northern part of the Netherlands, Sjoerd has much experience teaching at tertiary and secondary levels as well as privately.  He studied conducting at the Conservatorium of Utrecht under Alfred Salten and has conducted orchestras all over the world, including Australia (in Melbourne).  We are very lucky to have his expertise and gentle sense of humour at our disposal.
  • COFFS ORCHESTRA selects baritone Luke Wright as guest solist for its gala concert in August 2010.  The auditions panel were also impressed with soprano Rebecca Dutson who will be invited to also participate in the concert as a guest performer.  These two young local performers will wow audiences and the orchestra will be maintaining the theme and playing music from opera and broadway musicals.

News Highlights from 2009

  • COFFS ORCHESTRA wins Coffs Council small grant to perform a gala concert in 2010 featuring a guest vocalist and built on the theme of opera and musicals.
  • Coffs Orchestra plays with 80 local primary school kids from 8 local schools (the Hitunez Kidz orcheztra).There will be a workshop on 24 September followed by a matinee concert for school children at 1.30 and an evening concert for parents, friends and the public at 7pm.  This follows a similar event in 2008 and is en route to become an annual feature of the Coffs music scene.

For a short Prime News video on the Kids Concert with the Orchestra type/copy in the following address(not linked):,171291

  • Coffs Orchestra selects Jai Farrell (oboist) as guest soloist for its gala concert in mid 2009.  Jai is a local lad who has completed a four year course at QLD conservatorium.  At the concert he will be joined by local pianist Alja Hajdic as an additional guest performer.
  • Federal Govt announces that Coffs Orchestra has won a Community Volunteers Grant to purchase a much needed photocopier and new musical scores to assist in continuing its work entertaining local community groups.

News Highlights from 2008

  • Coffs Orchestra wins Council Grant to Showcase Local Talent in a concert in mid 2009.  The Orchestra will conduct auditions to locate a guest soloist to perform with it in a gala concert around June/July - date to be annouced..
  • Coffs Harbour City Orchestra wins NSW Government grant against strong state-wide competition. The Orchestra succeeded in the 2007 round of funding for the NSW Youth and Community Orchestra Grants administered by “Orchestras Australia” on behalf of Arts NSW. As a result, a series of four concerts will be held during 2007-2008 targetting audiences from the very young  through to a seniors week concert for the elderly.
  • Local pianist to feature as guest soloist with Coffs Orchestra After auditioning some stunning local talent, Coffs Orchestra selected pianist Adam Herd to perform in a special concert at 2pm on 18 May at Sawtell RSL Club.  The concert is sponsored by an Orchestras Australia grant and local boy Sam Huybregts will feature playing the Warsaw concerto with the orchestra. Both Adam and Sam will also perform solo pieces for the audience, which emphasises the depth of local talent. 
  • Coffs City Council Arts Grant to help develop a love of making music amongst the younger members of our community Coffs Orchestra has won a Coffs City Council small grant to conduct a morning of music making with local Primary School children in collaboration with schools band coordinator Ms Natalie Keft. A concert for parents and the public will be held after the workshop on Friday 5 September in the Bethel Centre, Coffs Harbour.