Adrian Keating

Violin, Viola

Adrian was a Principal Violinist with Opera Australia for 25 years; he has also been a Guest Concertmaster, Acting Deputy Concertmaster, and Acting Principal of 2nd Violins.

Adrian is the owner/director of the Sydney Lyric Orchestra.

Adrian has released 3 Blues CD's, performed "Jazz in the Domain", and has led string sessions in over 10 Top-10 Australian Singles and Albums, and currently has a Live DVD/CD, “Classically Blue” which he has produced and edited.

As a Blues Rock and Soul violinist, Adrian has accompanied singers in contemporary music from Australian artists Jeff Duff, to Geoff Achison, to international artists Martha Wainwright and UnKle, and is a guest artist accompanying on “the Voice” Australia 2012 and 2013.
For the Sydney Festival, Adrian as Concertmaster led performances for Sir George Martin, Bernadette Peters, Al Jarreau;  led orchestras for Australian tours of David Helfgott; Sir Cliff Richard, Rod Stewart.

As Director of the Sydney Lyric Orchestra, Adrian’s clients have included the Paris Opera Ballet, Jose Carreras, Tina Arena, Opera in the Vineyards, CCEntertainment, Banksia Awards, Ken Unsworth, Richard Bonynge and Tim Woods Entertainment.

In 2005 Adrian completed the International Masterclass for Conductors, St Petersburg, under Alexander Polyanichko.

Adrian has presented improvisation Seminars to the Rising Stars program at the Sydney Conservatorium and has a 3 hr Lecture in “making Music Immediate” for strings first demonstrated at the Wollongong Conservatorium

Adrian regularly donates his time as a tutor to the SYO and SBS Youth Orchestras; has taught from home for most of his working career, specialising in assisting with audition preparation for professional orchestra positions.

Adrian has written many hours of arrangements for contemporary artists, bands, singers and visiting overseas artists that required this service – ranging in style from Aled Jones to UnKle, blues artist Geoff Achison; re-arranging Wendy Matthews’ repertoire for her tour with Strings; Beatles and Led Zeppelin music to suit the musical expression of their related homage shows, and music for school ensembles taken from contemporary music repertoire, and compositions in classical style - not to mention the recorded arrangements for bands needing strings or brass to broaden and complete the artist’s vision.

Adrian’s breadth of experience in soundscapes and voicing as a professional orchestral player with the Australian Opera & Ballet Orchestra is evident in the standard of his work, paying attention to the needs of the artist, and the relevance of the ensemble and style.

Nicholas Newell

Violin, Viola  

Nicholas was appointed to the Mitchell Conservatorium in 1998. He received his Bachelor of Music in 1990 and has studied violin and viola with Dr. Anthony Doheney, Lyndal Edmiston and Jan Sedivka. In addition to his extensive ensemble and orchestral performance experience, Nicholas has more than 10 years experience teaching students from 5 years to 55 years of age in all eastern seaboard States and the Northern Territory. Nicholas believes that anyone with commitment can learn to play string instruments.


Nicholas Newell, strings teacher, Bathurst

Robyn Godfrey


Robyn Stokoe Godfrey is a highly experienced performer and teacher who, in 2015, relocated to Windeyer, near Mudgee, after more than four decades of a busy professional life in Sydney. Upon completion of tertiary studies at the Sydney Conservatorium, Robyn became a founding member of the Palm Court Orchestra, Sydney’s leading “society” orchestra, directed by her late husband, John Godfrey. The PCO continues to this day and specialises in late 19th, early 20th Century light music, the vast library for which Robyn is the owner and caretaker.
A skilled and dedicated private teacher, Robyn taught at many leading private schools, including long-held positions at MLC School, St Andrew’s Cathedral School, Newtown High School of the Performing
Arts, International Grammar School, Santa Sabina College, and also in the late Chris Belshaw’s comprehensive Saturday programme, utilising Orff and Kodaly methodologies. Now, Robyn continues to teach both locally and at the Mitchell Conservatorium, where she is the cellist in Mitchell String Theory, the resident professional string quintet. Among many performance opportunities, she has also formed a duo with harpist and singer, Kim Deacon, a long-time friend and colleague, who currently
lives in Hill End.

Francis McLeod


Hannah Nunn


Hannah was an original student of the Mitchell Conservatorium as a young child who went on to study a Bachelor of Music at the University of Newcastle (2010 – 2013). Hannah majored in Violin Performance under teachers Susan Collins and Peta Dries and completed her honours specialising in Music, Emotion and Cognition. Hannah’s love of music, emotion and cognition then developed into a keen interest in assisting people to work towards meaningful and high quality lives, leading her to go on to study a Masters of Occupational Therapy. This has given her a unique understanding of the way individuals learn and using music to enrich a student’s daily life. 

Hannah has been heavily involved in teaching, contemporary performance, orchestral performance, solo performance; and has a love of all musical repertoires. Hannah has experience in teaching all ages and students encompassing a range of needs. She seeks to meet these needs and individualise programs to ensure a student is meeting goals important to them.  


We pay our respect to all First Nations elders both past and present from the lands where Mitchell Conservatorium students reside. In particular, we acknowledge the Wiradjuri and Dharug peoples of Australia, who are the traditional custodians of the land where Mitchell Conservatorium campuses are located.

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