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Celebrating 100 years of the AMEB (NSW) 1918-2018

AMEB (NSW) is celebrating 100 years of arts education with a Centenary Concert. This event will showcase the scope of excellence produced by AMEB examinations.

Music Director George Ellis and compere Simone Whetton present performances from outstanding up and coming young artists and AMEB graduates, through to seasoned world class performers including AMEB (NSW) examiners. Classical and contemporary musicians and actors will perform as soloists in ensembles and orchestras.

Performers will present works from contemporary Australian composers including Ross Edwards and Larry Sitsky as well as music legends Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn. Hear performances arranged and composed by our own AMEB examiners and music from Handel to Bruno Mars.

Ticket prices include a commemorative program and the AMEB (NSW) History Booklet, 'Past, Present and Future, one hundred years of amebnsw 1918 – 2018'.

AMEB (NSW) Fanfare

The event will also include the premiere performance of the AMEB (NSW) fanfare. Commissioned by competition, this new piece of music will commemorate the AMEB (NSW) centenary.

Event hosts

George Ellis, Music Director

George is an Australian conductor, composer and orchestrator. He works across a variety of musical styles and is classically trained at the doctoral level. George has performed in many significant Australian cultural events, including sporting finals and the ARIA Awards. He has conducted across the world and performed in every capital city in Australia.

Simone Whetton, Compere

Simone is a lawyer and alumna of the AMEB Speech and Drama program. She is also a presenter on the weekly "What's On in Sydney" guide on the Weekend Show on ABC Radio Sydney.

AMEB Centenary

At the end of the nineteenth century there was support across Australia for examinations in music. The Universities of Adelaide and Melbourne agreed to offer a public examinations scheme in 1906. By 1918, universities from all the other states had joined the agreement.

Initially called the 'Central Board', the name was changed to Australian Music Examinations Board in 1921. An Australia wide examination system for music, speech and drama had become a reality.

The AMEB program inspires learning in music, speech and drama across Australia. Participation in AMEB examinations encourages young performers towards international musical success.

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