THE Upper Hunter Conservatorium of Music (UHCM) is now operating out of freshly-renovated Campbell’s Corner.
And, thanks to the soundproofing, students can learn without distraction from highway traffic.
Lessons moved from The Convent in Sowerby Street to Campbell’s Corner on February 29.
While there is still some work to be done, the new space is already shaping up to be an exciting home for the conservatorium.
UHCM director Jeremy Fletcher said it took several days to move books, furniture, and seven pianos, including two grand pianos.
“The new conservatorium is the first purpose-built performing arts facility in the Upper Hunter,” he said.
“All the exterior windows are double-glazed providing a very good barrier against the highway.
“The additional layer is also environmentally friendly providing additional insulation.
“The interior design by Stephen Rose Architects allows maximum sound proofing between teaching studios and into neighbouring properties.
“The building is also fully air-conditioned and features the latest data network throughout and fire safety protection.”
Two performance spaces are also a nice feature of the new location and there will be hire rooms for functions, seminars and celebrations.
“The fit out is beautiful and we have one of the most stylish spaces in the region,” Mr Fletcher said.
“Out of the 19 conservatoriums throughout NSW, Upper Hunter has one of the best purpose-built facilities, perfectly designed for the reaching and learning of music and for hosting special events.”
Everyone is invited to attend the UHCM open weekend on April 2 and 3; and residents are welcome to inspect the new conservatorium at designated times, and attend the two major concerts.
Mr Fletcher said the conservatorium was a major educational provider for the Upper Hunter.
“Having this facility in the region has already attracted artists, employed people – we have more than 20 staff – and enhanced the lives of people of all ages by sharing the language of music,” he said.
“The Upper Hunter Conservatorium has nearly 700 students of all ages.
“Lessons are provided on campus in Muswellbrook, at the Singleton studios and at more than 20 schools across the region.
“We are an important employer within the region attracting investment through the arts.”
For more information about the open weekend, or to buy tickets, visit www.uhcm.com.au