Wesley Music Centre

  • Phone: 02 6232 7248
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    Wesley Music Centre
    22 National Circuit
    Barton, Canberra, ACT 2600
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The Wesley Music Centre is part of the Wesley Uniting Church complex in National Circuit, Forrest. It was opened in 2002 and includes a purpose-built Music Room with excellent acoustics seating up to 140 people with a stage which is 3.6m x 8.3m. The sought-after space was designed specifically for small-scale chamber concerts for instruments, keyboard and voice, for master classes, for recordings and other musical events and is also ideally suited for lectures, symposia, seminars and workshops. The acoustics can be varied for different events. Associated spaces include a seminar room, a tutorial room, a recording studio (bio box), a foyer with kitchen facilities and the Centre office. In 2012 KDVL Acoustic Coinsultants carried out extensive testing of the acoustics. Their report is here. The Centre has a number of instruments including an excellent Yamaha grand piano and a harpsichord.

The Centre was financed entirely by the Wesley Music Foundation (ACT) which was set up by Wesley Uniting Church in 1999 to promote music and music education with the aim of ensuring a strong music program and community outreach in perpetuity. The Foundation is on the Register of Cultural Organisations and has a Public Fund for tax deductible donations by individuals and corporate bodies. There is a Friends of Wesley Music group supporting events and fund raising. To date the Foundation has raised well over $2 million for the construction of the Music Centre, for musical instruments and for the Wesley Music Scholarship Program funded jointly with Wesley Church (92 scholars to date). All funds have been raised by gifts, pledges and operations, including Music Centre concerts, other public events, joint ventures with musicians and hirings by individuals and organisations. There have been no church or government grants.

In the year ended June 2011, there were around 120 concerts or other public musical events 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. Since 2005 the Centre has organised four national ecumenical church music seminars and courses involving in total 550 people from around Australia. Nearly all these events were held in the Music Room of the Centre. Organ concerts and large scale choral events took place in Wesley Church which also has excellent acoustics.

An increasingly popular activity at the Centre is the regular Wednesday Lunchtime Live concert series which runs for an average of 45 weeks every year from February to December. The 40-minute 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 growing audience includes people bussed from retirement villages, workers in nearby offices, 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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Past events

Penelope Thwaites - Piano Recital

17th March

“Travelling Between Worlds” a piano recital by Penelope Thwaites to honour the Centenary of Canberra. Bach/Liszt Organ Fantasia and Fugue in g minor,...

TBA

Forrest National Chamber Orchestra Concert

19th August

Sunday 19 August 3pm Forrest National Chamber Orchestra will present a fundraising concert for the Wesley Music Foundation String Scholarships. Conducted...

$20

Simon Powis - Classical Guitar

18th August

See Simon Powis, classical guitarist. A passionate and expressive style coupled with a formidable technique has garnered attention for Simon Powis as a...

$25.00

Wednesday Lunchtime Live

15th August

$2

Farewell Australia Concert - James Moorhouse & Liz Mitchell

11th August

Saturday 11 August 3pm “Farewell Australia” James Moorhouse (clarinet) and Liz Mitchell (flute) present a special concert as they prepare to study abroad....

$25

Wednesday Lunchtime Live

8th August

$2

Wednesday Lunchtime Live

1st August

$2

Wednesday Lunchtime Live @ Wesley Music Centre

27th June

$2

Wednesday Lunchtime Live @ Wesley Music Centre

20th June

$2

Wednesday Lunchtime Live @ Wesley Music Centre

13th June

$2

Wednesday Lunchtime Live @ Wesley Music Centre

6th June

$2

Wednesday Lunchtime Live @ Wesley Music Centre

30th May

$2

Wednesday Lunchtime Live @ Wesley Music Centre

23rd May

$2

Wednesday Lunchtime Live @ Wesley Music Centre

16th May

$2

Wednesday Lunchtime Live @ Wesley Music Centre

9th May

$2

Wednesday Lunchtime Live 2012

29th February

TBA

'Yearning for Home': David Pereira Cello Series 2011, Program 2

30th July

David Pereira Cello Series 2011, Program 2: 'Yearning for Home' Cislowska-Pereira Duo with Chris Latham, guest violinist & speaker Friday 29 July, 7:30 pm...

$40

Wednesday Lunchtime Live Concert - Adam Cook (Piano)

2nd March

$2

Piano Concert By Vladimir Milosevic Of Belgrade

25th February

$35

Wednesday Lunchtime Live Concert - Cast Of 42nd Street

23rd February

$2

COZMO in Concert - Bach to the Future!

9th October

Enjoy a Saturday afternoon musical treat! A delightful concert featuring the beautiful works of popular Baroque composers Bach, Vivaldi, Corelli and...

$20