Groups and Workshops
- Gamelan - Swara Naga — A ‘Gamelan’ is an Indonesian ensemble of between 10 and 20 instruments, most of which are tuned gongs or other metallophones. UNE owns two complete sets of instruments and is one of Australia’s leading universities for gamlean study. Many students at UNE join the ensemble which rehearses and performs regularly. The name of the group is Swara Naga, and it frequently travels throughout Eastern Australia to conduct workshops and concerts. Rehearsals are each Wednesday evening during term at the Newling Building. No experience required. Contact Dr Andew Alter or go to the Swara Naga website for more information.
- West African Dance Workshop — a dance workshop in traditional dances of Guinea and Ghana, West Africa, each Monday evening, 5.30pm-7.00pm, room F23, 2nd Floor, Newling Building. Contact Lindsay Rowlands . See the Kafuisite.
- Drum Circle — a workshop in West African music - including jembe, dun dun, Ewe and Ashanti ensembles, voice and general performance practice in these music cultures - each Thursday evening, 5.30pm-7.00pm, room F23, 2nd Floor, Newling Building. Contact Lindsay Rowlands . See the Kafui site.
- Medieval and Renaissance Workshop — a chance to gain practical experience in the performance of European music from the 12th to 15th centuries. The ability to read music notation as well as a healthy curiosity are required. Contact Jason Stoessel for further information of consult UNE Music's timetable for day and time of workshops.
- New England Taiko — A Taiko ensemble is a traditional Japanese festival percussion group. The New England Taiko group was founded by Dr. Hugh de Ferranti and rehearses each Tuesday evening in the CB Newling Building. The group performs on instruments donated by Armidale’s sister city in Japan, Kanuma. The group performs regularly in Armidale’s Autumn Festival, and in 2006 was invited to perform at the Woodford Folk Festival in Queensland. Contact Hugh de Ferranti (6773-6447/ firstname.lastname@example.org).
- The Armidale Youth Orchestra — The AYO draws its members from Armidale's schools and the University. It rehearses every Tuesday afternoon.
- The Armidale Symphony Orchestra — The ASO draws its members from the broader Armidale community. It rehearses every Monday evening and performs three concerts each year. Directors for each concert are drawn from the Armidale community.
- Pluckers — ‘Pluckers’ is a monthly performance event that promotes plucking in and around Armidale. For information on Pluckers and other events in Armidale visit the Pluckers website.