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6 must-do gourmet experiences in the region

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During autumn the parks and gardens show their beautiful colours, but as well as taking in the stunning natural beauty there are some must-do experiences for those who are tempted by wonderful local produce.  Here we have six of the best and all within a short distance of Armidale or Inverell.

Olives of Beaulieu is located near Inverell and is a family owned olive grove and tourist attraction, with cellar door sales of olive products and estate manufactured spices. Walk through an olive grove and see the different varieties, tempt your taste buds with olive oil tasting. Learn the health benefits of using olive oil products. Taste tempting morning & afternoon teas by arrangement.  olivesofbeaulieu.com.au

Sunhill Dairy Goats Farm Tours  Sunhill Dairy Goats  make all our their own Farmhouse Goat Cheeses. Drop by for a tasting of the range or take a tour for the full Sunhill experience.
The goat cheese range varies: Goat Camembert, Traditional Feta, Marinated Feta, Chevrotin, Rolled Ash and Fresh Curd. Tour the farm and dairy operations at Sunhill Dairy Goats, have a cheese tasting and visit the farm shop. $10 per adult, children under 15 free. Approx 45 minutes. Group bookings and coaches welcome. ​Please make an appointment before arriving. Farm shop open daily 10-4 pm. Pick up your favourites goat  milk soaps and skin care products. All handmade on farm from the girls. Sun Hill Dairy Goat

Wine Tasting. New England is the newest NSW district to be classified as a wine region. At around 1,000 m above sea level, the Armidale and Tenterfield areas produce cooler climate and high-altitude wines, while the Peel and Gwydir Valleys to the south and west produce warmer climate wines. Key producers include Toppers Mountain Wines, Why Worry Wines, ThunderRidge, Merilba Estate, Reedy Creek Estate, Deetswood Wines, Kurrajong Downs  and Petersons Winery, an award winning winery and beautiful guesthouse located 5 minutes from Armidale petersonsguesthouse.com.au

Dobsons Distillery located 5 minutes from Uralla – award winning Gin and Whisky Distillery.  Dobson’s Distillery is situated at Eastview Estate, Kentucky, in the sublime New England Highlands. Eastview is a winery, brewery and restaurant… but above all, it is a distillery.  Dobson’s Gin was recently voted unanimously” Australia’s best Gin and Tonic “, from a field of 23 Australian gins. by Gourmet Traveller.”We pride ourselves on being a venue that is all about having fun…bringing joy to those who choose to share our unique restaurant and bars… Life is short and we try to enrich our guests experience at every turn” and they have the most entertaining website – do yourself a favour and loose yourself in their steampunk speakeasy vintage site  www.eastviewestate.com

The Welders Dog in Armidale. Experience a huge range of craft beverages, local, regional, international craft beers and local award winning wines and spirits, Drink Less Taste More – that’s what they believe in. They are all about a culture of experience – the experience of new tastes, new brewers and a new atmosphere. They also believe in supporting independent brewers and local wineries and you’ll find an ever changing list of Australian producers on tap and in their fridge. For more information: www.theweldersdog.com.au

New England Foodie Tour – Want to let someone else sort out the schedule and take you to all the best local places, then head to the New England Foodie Tour website.  They are a  beer, wine, cheese and local produce tour showcasing the best New England has to offer. Tours starting from either Armidale, Tamworth, Uralla or Walcha. Tailor-made and set trails available. They run Wednesdays to Sundays each week for group sizes of 2 or more contact them for more information. Bookings essential on (02) 6778 488 www.newenglandfoodietrail.com

For more information visit www.armidaletourism.com.au  or www.inverell.com.au

How you can get involved

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There are lots of different ways you can get involved and help to support Opera in the Paddock.

Come along!  Of course we would love as many of you to come along as possible to enjoy the performances for yourself. With a range of prices and tickets we hope to have made the performances as accessible to as many people as possible.

Share our story.  Please help us get the word out about our performances by telling your friends, family, neighbours and colleagues about our event.  Follow us on social media and share our stories and posts.  Or share our newsletter.


Volunteer. Without the generous support and hard work of our volunteers we would not have been able to deliver such an exceptional event over the years.  But we still need help! Volunteering provides the opportunity to meet new people, explore behind the scenes, and be a part of the passionate team that makes the performance happen. We have a range of volunteer positions available including; ticket sales, meet and greet hosts and program sellers, bar attendants, drivers, parking and traffic control, stage and sound crew, administration assistants and more. Please head to our website and fill out the form and we will be in touch.

Donate. As a regionally based company, our vision is to produce fine music in the country. Through your support, Opera North West will continue to present fine quality performances and artists to country audiences at an accessible price. The company is committed to provide much needed professional performance opportunities for young singers and instrumentalists who perform alongside the more established professionals.  Young singers view the event, in particular, as a valued platform on which to perform and over the years the company has showcased a number of young artists.

Help us continue to provide these opportunities for regional audiences and artist. Opera North West Ltd is a non profit company with Deductible Gift and Tax Charity Concession Status.  You can play a vital role in enabling us to share the joy of opera in our community. Please consider donating to the Opera in the Paddock.

 

A green tick of approval

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As a regionally based company, our vision is to produce fine music in the country. Through your support, Opera North West will continue to present fine quality performances and artists to country audiences at an accessible price. The company is committed to provide much needed professional performance opportunities for young singers and instrumentalists who perform alongside the more established professionals.  Young singers view the event, in particular, as a valued platform on which to perform and over the years the company has showcased a number of young artists.

We are  very proud to be able to display this  new logo for  charity status.

Launched in December 2016 this new logo gives charities a tick of approval and lets donors know if an organisation is financially sound, letting donors know that organisations who display this logo have met all the relevant financial reporting and governance standards for a charity.  Read more in this SMH article  ACNC registered charity tick

Help us continue to provide these opportunities for regional audiences and artist. Opera North West Ltd is a non profit company with Deductible Gift and Tax Charity Concession Status.  You can play a vital role in enabling us to share the joy of opera in our community. Please consider donating to the Opera in the Paddock.

Why Eleanor Greenwood is a young performer on the rise!

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Eleanor Greenwood is a young start on the rise and we are lucky enough to be able to have her perform for us this year before she sets off on some exciting overseas engagements.

She has received wonderful reviews from international critics who have called her performances “moving, mysterious” (Wexford) Opera Today, “Remarkable clarity, expressivity and flexibility.” And “An outstanding young Australian Mezzo.”

Eleanor Greenwood made her start at the International Opera Festival in Wexford, Ireland. A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music Opera Studio in London, and of the Australian National University School of Music, Eleanor has sung both as a soloist and in Ensembles; on stage and on Radio; in London, in the UK, in Australia and most recently throughout China. She is the recipient of numerous major singing Competition scholarships and awards.

In April, she will tour China with the Australian International Opera Company, and in May she has been engaged to sing the Magnificent Weichnachts-Oratorium by JS Bach, with a specialist group – Bach Society of St Louis in the USA.

It’s been an exciting time for Eleanor since winning the prestigious Australasian Opera Competition at the Sydney Eisteddfod with her time in Berlin a great learning experience.

Originally from Canberra, Eleanor is looking forward to performing in front of Australian audiences again and is excited about Opera in the Paddock, “I am really looking forward to Opera in the Paddock, and in particular learning some new pieces that I think the audience will really love” .

 

 

Autumn colours and hospitality make for a winning combination.

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Why not extend your trip and enjoy some of the unique sites and places that New England has to offer?  Here we give you some ideas for some must-see and do experiences all within a short distance of Armidale or Inverell.

Armidale is known for its beautiful stately homes, see all the best sites with a guided Heritage tour of Armidale.  The tour is a two-and-a-half-hour taster of Armidale. You will be taken on an historical journey through Armidale with a lively and personal commentary from one of the tour guides.

There are four opportunities to alight from the bus – at the New England Regional Art Museum, Aboriginal Cultural Centre, the Armidale Railway Museum, and the University of New England’s historic Booloominbah Homestead.

Of course, the stunning varied natural landscape which includes World Heritage environments, national parks, waterfalls and vast granite caves also draws visitors to the area especially in Autumn. If you have limited time, Oxley Wild Rivers National Park is the easiest to access from town.

Its Blue Hole, only 15 minutes out of Armidale, is a famous picnicking and swimming spot and has a lovely strolling track along the edge of its gorge.

The Australian Standing Stones in Glen Innes pays tribute to the Celtic heritage of the early European settlers to the district. The site serves as a cultural gathering place for people from the Celtic communities; the Irish, Welsh, Cornish, Scottish, Manx and Bretons.

The colonial-style towns in the area have many heritage buildings and museums, and there are rich gem fields at Inverell, Warialda and Bingara. You’ll find the area replete with sapphires, (the area supply around 80% of the world’s sapphires) so try fossicking for these precious stones, or go shopping for sapphires and other treasures.

The bustling regional centre of Inverell is a good place to explore the history of the region, starting with some fine buildings in town such as the Inverell Art Gallery (inverellartgallery.com.au) which was a former school of the arts.

Motoring aficionados won’t want to miss the National Transport Museum, which covers the history of the motor car.

Most of the exhibits are on loan from private owners, many from the Inverell area and with a distinctive local history. Among the 140 vehicles on display are an intact 1906 Dayton, the oldest car in the museum and believed to be the only one left worldwide.

You can also admire everything from a 1912 Renault to a 1929 Packard and various Holdens and Fords. nationaltransportmuseum.info

Then head over to Inverell Pioneer Village, where colonial buildings from the surrounding district have been relocated. It’s well laid out and showcases an 1887 schoolhouse, 1840s homestead and 1874 pub, complete with piano in the front parlour. inverellpioneervillage.org.au

Visit armidaletourism.com.au and inverell.com.au for more information

 

 

 

Taste the best of the New England area

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Opera in the Paddock has always had the support of great providores, winemakers and local chefs and this year is no different.  We are pleased to continue our partnership with RELISH who are providing the catering at the post-performance party at the Mimosa performance.  It’s your chance to meet the artists after the show and in the beautiful Mimosa garden.

The cool climate of the New England and the rich fertile soil lends itself to the growing of a wide range of produce, from berries, apples, pears and a range of grapes that produce some award-winning wines, champagnes and ports to excellent lamb and beef.  All of which will be put to good use when Katrina White of RELISH puts together a wonderful menu of canapes and desserts to enjoy at the post performance party at Mimosa.  What a wonderful way to finish a night of exceptional entertainment.

RELISH owner and head chef Katrina White prides her business on its service as much as its quality food. “My business aim was to bring really good quality and interesting food from the city to the country with good service to back it up.”

Come and taste a sample of the best the region has to offer after the performance at Mimosa when Relish provide a sumptuous canapes and desserts with drinks available to purchase from the bar.  Tickets are only $45 per person. BOOK HERE

2017 PERFORMANCES ANNOUNCED

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FEATURED ARTISTS

Proving why it is the leading artistic organisation in regional Australia, Opera North West is pleased to announce its stellar line-up for 2017:

  • Eleanor Greenwood, mezzo soprano
  • Panayiota Kalatzis, soprano
  • Jeremy Kleeman, bass baritone
  • David Hamilton, tenor and paddock-favourite!
  • Peta Blyth, soprano
  • Timothy Sexton, conductor of the Mimosa Orchestra, Artistic Director, Opera South Australia
  • The highly-acclaimed twenty-two piece Mimosa Orchestra

SPECTACULAR CHORALE

For the first time, an exceptional appearance will be made by regional and visiting artists who will form an exclusive choir brought together especially for the two performances.

The choirs will comprise regional singers joining members of the Willoughby Singers from Sydney.

A special guest appearance of the young singers from NECOM’s Cantilena Chorale will feature at the Armidale performance.

Following the success of Opera in the Paddock earlier in the year, the event will return to Lazenby Hall, UNE, Armidale on Friday 24th March as well as to the paddock at ‘Mimosa’ Delungra, on Saturday 25th March 2017.

Artistic Director, Peta Blyth is delighted that the two performances will take place again next year.  “The spectacular atmosphere in the paddock, under the stars, offers something unique to our audiences.   They have very much embraced the adventure of packing a picnic and joining their friends in this magical setting.  Offering the performance indoors at Lazenby Hall, opens up the opportunity for those travelling to select a location they may find to be more convenient,”

For many years, Peta Blyth has been a tireless advocate for the provision of professional development opportunities for emerging artists, particularly local musicians.  “One of our challenges is looking for ways to improve on what we do,” said Mrs Blyth.

“We understand the importance of constantly evolving and presenting something new,” she said.  With this in mind, she is delighted that next year a number of local singers will have the opportunity to perform on stage as part of an exceptional choir at both performances.

“We are grateful for the support we have received from our sponsors.  Without their continued support, we simply would not be in the position to achieve our mission of delivering fine quality performances and artists of national and international standard in regional centres,” she said.