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Symphony Central Coast takes another step in supporting its ongoing mission to recognise emerging talent in the orchestral field as they hold their Concerto Competition on Sunday 24 June. This competition is held every two years and is open to all musicians on the Central Coast under the age of 25.

There are four performers in this year’s competition – Kimberly Gilbert, Gareth Szakos, Bradley Tham and Sebastien Hibbard. They have all chosen works by major composers including Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Khatchaturian and Shostakovich and each will perform a movement or movements from a concerto up to 15 minutes in length.

Concertos are works for solo instrument and orchestra and are an opportunity for an outstanding player to show their artistry and virtuosity accompanied by a large orchestra. These works require great dexterity and musical maturity, all of which will be in plentiful supply at this concert. Sebastien has chosen a cello concerto by Shostakovich, a composer who struggled for most of his life to cope with uncomfortable pressures from the Soviet government. His music represents a repressed nation and is an opportunity for a soloist to examine their own understanding of life’s struggles and successes. Kimberly has chosen a piano concerto by Beethoven, one of our musical giants. Beethoven’s struggle was personal as he gradually lost his hearing throughout his life and was forced to live in an increasingly isolated world.

Gareth has selected the famous first Piano Concerto of Tchaikovsky, another composer of international standing but with another very personal struggle, his existence as a gay man in a nineteenth century environment. Bradley is performing the first movement of the violin concerto by Aram Khachaturian, an Armenian composer who also struggled with mid-20th Century Soviet governments, his music being dubbed ‘anti-people’ in 1940.

All four works will give the soloists much material to show their musical development and virtuosity. Chris Bearman will adjudicate for the first prize of $1500, sponsored by Terrigal Rotary Club and audience members are encouraged to vote for the People’s Choice award. Both prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the concert and the winners will be invited to perform with Symphony Central Coast in 2019.

Prodigies. Central Coast Grammar School, Arundel Rd, Erina Heights.
2:30pm, Sunday, 24 June. Tickets at the door or


Information and images courtesy of
Hilary Day
SCC Committee.

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Shorethyme Annual Abstract Exhibition


Information and image courtesy of Shorethyme publicity

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CCAS Winter Exhibition

2018 winter exhibition invitation

15th to 24th JUNE, 2018

Official Opening: Friday 15th June 2018, at 6.00 pm to 8.00 pm
Jilly Pilon , Central Coast Councillor will open the Exhibition

The Flute Ensemble
The Central Coast Conservatorium
will play beautiful music throughout the evening.

Members , both professional and amateur,combine to present a vibrant showcase of artworks from abstract to traditional,
across a wide range of topics techniques and mediums

You will also be delighted with a wide selection of unique pottery,cards and jewellery.

Enquiries : Fran Mackey Phone: 4369 2178 Mobile: 0408 217 869

2018 CCAS winter exhibition media release final mediumres


Information and images courtesy of Cat Soper and Coleen Martin for CCAS

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Sing out for Autism with the Sydney Male Choir


Sydney Male Choir – Mingara 1st July 2.30pm – 4.30pm

Sing out for Autism

Take a seat to help kids with Autism and listen to the sounds of the Sydney Male Choir. Since 1913 the Sydney Male Choir have performed throughout Australia and internationally producing a beautiful sound of son, strong, vibrant and lyrical that stirs the heart and emotions. This is your chance to see the choir on the Central Coast and help kids with Autism experience all the fun and excitement that a Breakaway Camp has to offer.

An estimated 230,000 Australians are on the autism spectrum

Early intervention supporting the development of social and life skills is critical

Help send a child with Autism to a Breakaway Camp.
A place where children and young people on the Autism spectrum can interact
in a fun, safe and caring environment.

Where:  Mingara Recreation Club, Tumbi Umbi

When: Sunday 1st July 2.30 pm – 4.30 pm

Details: Book NOW – Tickets selling Fast – Phone 4356 1840

Or online at

Information courtesy of

Denise Pastor

Fundraising Coordinator
Workdays Monday to Thursday


80 Highview Avenue, San Remo NSW 2262, Australia
Telephone: (02) 4390 7624 – International: +61.243907624
Mobile:  0414396304

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Poetry at the Pub Upcoming

Readings are at the Wickham Park Hotel, corner of Maitland Road and Albert St, Wickham, commencing at 7.30pm.  All meetings include an open reading bracket.  Gold coin donation requested.


Upcoming program

July 16 – 52 Poem Project

The 52 Poem Project PATP Blurb

Each week, for three years, every Friday at 5 pm, Robert Edmonds exchanged a new poem with another poet, who sent a new poem to him. He did this with three wonderfully different and talented poets – Mark Liston, Peter Wells and Kelly Blaney-Murphy. Tonight, all four poets will read their best poems from the 52 Poem Project.


July 30 Jane Williams 5th Monday sponsored by the Wicko

Jane Williams is the author of several books of poems. Her work has been widely published and anthologized since the early 1990s. Her most recent books are Parts of the Main (poems Ginninderra Press) and Echoes of Flight (haiku and senryu Ginninderra Press). Jane has been a guest poet at reading venues and festivals around Australia and in Ireland, England, USA, Canada, Czech Republic, Malaysia, and Slovakia where she held a three month residency in 2016. She lives in Tasmania with her partner Ralph Wessman.

August 20 – Steve Armstrong book launch Broken Ground


September 17 – Trish Pender and Keri Glastonbury


Poetry at the Pub is on the 3rd and 5th Mondays of the month. Mostly.





Information courtesy of P@tP publicity

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Tijuana Cartel at The Rhythm Hut Gosford

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Armed with their new single Sophia, Tijuana Cartel is back to grace the Rhythm Hut Stage this August. With supporting act Majun Bu, the Sophia Tour is set to be their most comprehensive tour to date.
Tijuana Cartel
Tijuana Cartel are a truly unique act that have been mesmerising their ever-growing audience for well over a decade, continuing to set an exceptionally high standard in both live performance and sound production.

With there multi-layered grooves, touches of slides on guitar, trumpet appearances, Afro Cuban Percussion and unique vocals mixing with their ‘hardened electronica’ flair, each performance guarantees a high energy atmosphere and promises to always leave you wanting more.


Featuring Paul George’s ‘soul- stirring’ guitar work, Sophia is the band’s latest single released from their EP titled ‘Ishtar’s Descent’. The single lends its name to the Gold coast based bands new tour, proving once more Tijuana Cartel’s love affair with the stage. Having recently joined the burgeoning roster of Brisbane’s highly respected agency PS Music Group, the Sophia tour is set to be one of their most comprehensive national tours in recent memory.


Majun Bu
“a mixture of trained, untrained and self-accomplished rebellion and talent”


Majun Bu is a five-piece band, led by originators Charlie and Jasper who both share their soulful vocal melodies. Aton James is the funky bass, David Goldberg on drums and multi- talented instrumentalist Dom Diaz on trumpet and keyboard. Their music is described as a reggae feel, swaying between a jazz funk groove and upbeat reggae stank music. Overall the band is a fun loving party house taking you back to the roots through their music.
Delicious home style cooked dinners and desserts are available for purchase. The Rhythm Hut is fully licensed with assorted beers, wines and ciders, including locally made Six String Brewing Company and Murray’s Craft Brewing Co beers, as well as soft drinks and locally made Zest Kombucha. Under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.


WHAT: Tijuana Cartel and Majun Bu

WHEN: Friday 3rd August, 2018

WHERE: The Rhythm Hut, 135 Faunce St, Gosford
TICKETS: $20+ bf presale, $22.95 door. Kids 12/under FREE (limited tickets available – must be booked in advance) – on sale now through Austix

For more info contact


Information and images courtesy of TRH piblicity.

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Children’s Chorus to appear in Madame Butterfly at The Art House

Conservatorium Children

This winter, The Art House is giving 20 Central Coast children the opportunity to appear on stage alongside the stars of Opera Australia’s Madame Butterfly when it comes to The Art House this August. The Central Coast Opera Children’s Chorus, led by choir leader Phillip Rees, will learn the pieces from Puccini’s opera over the coming months and will perform on stage with Opera Australia’s singers and chamber orchestra.

Directed by John Bell and sung in English, Opera Australia’s Madame Butterfly follows the story of a U.S. Naval officer B.F. Pinkerton who is ashore in Japan and enchanted with its beauty and freedoms. He decides to take a wife, and when the gorgeous geisha Butterfly arrives, he is transfixed by her charms. She falls hopelessly in love, and a passionate marriage begins.

The choir will be taught by Opera Australia’s Children’s Chorus Leader in the week before the show, who will work with the children, who are aged 8-12, to put the finishing touches on the pieces and teach them wider understanding of opera and live performance.

The Conservatorium are thrilled to be involved in this production”, Said Patrick Brennan, Artistic Director of Central Coast Conservatorium. “This is a great opportunity for the Central Coast Opera Children’s Chorus and we are looking forward to seeing the choir represent the Central Coast on stage with Opera Australia.”

On the day of the show, the choir will rehearse with the Opera Australia chamber orchestra and opera singers before their stage debut on Monday 20 August in front a full house.


“We’re so excited to be able to offer this opportunity to these talented local singers”, The Art House executive director Anne-Marie Heath said. “Appearing in a world-class opera at their local theatre will be an incredible experience and one we are sure they will enjoy”.

Opera Australia’s Madame Butterfly, with the Central Coast Opera Children’s Chorus, will be coming to the Central Coast for one show only as part of The Art House Presents program. For tickets and more information about the show, visit: or contact The Art House box office on 4335 1485.

The Art House Presents

Madame Butterfly – Puccini

An Opera Australia Production

SHOW TIME: 2 hours 20 minutes

DATES: Monday 20 August 7:30PM

Tickets $25-$55

From / 02 4335 1485

Information and image courtesy of

Emily Miller | 02 4335 1485 |

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