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Scholarship Concert Wrap Up

Pearl Beach Progress Association Music & Irvine Family Piano Scholarship Concerts presented a weekend of music performed by students from the Central Coast Conservatorium

Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 May 2021 – Pearl Beach Memorial Hall

The annual Scholarship concert has been jointly sponsored by the Pearl Beach Progress Association and the Irvine Family since the inaugural concert held in May 2005 in conjunction with the Central Coast Conservatorium to offer performance opportunity to students who have excelled in their chosen field.

Patrick Brennan, Artistic Director, Central Coast Conservatorium comments “this prestigious event is an excellent opportunity for Conservatorium students to perform for their local community and deliver truly breath taking performances”.  He continues, “the Central Coast Conservatorium is most grateful for the financial awards totalling $2,250 that is given by the Pearl Beach Progress Association in Memory of the late Pearl Beach resident, Jill Roe OA and to the Irvine Family for  the winners of this important event . The prize money will help them further their musical studies at the CCC”.

Winner of the Irvine Family Piano Scholarship Chris Chen, a year eleven student at Central Coast Grammar School performed a beautiful rendition of Beethoven Sonata Op.13 No.8 in C minor Pathetique 1st movement and Chopin – Fantaisie-Impromptu (Op. 66).  

The Junior Showcase concert was introduced in 2013 to celebrate solo instrument and vocal performance by the Central Coast Conservatorium junior students.  The showcase concert embraces the concept of “pure performance” rather than “competitive performance” and allows the  younger musicians to perform with focus, passion and conviction”.  This year an enthusiastic audience enjoyed a diverse program performed by 13 students with ages ranging from 8 years old.

Finalists in the Pearl Beach Senior Music Scholarship, presented in memory of the late Jill Roe OA,  impressed adjudicator Ian Cook with their high level of performance making it extremely difficult to choose a winner.   Announcing the winner,  flautist Kayla Lush, a year eleven student at ET Australia Secondary College he complimented her on a beautiful rendition ‘Ballade by Philippe Gaubert’.  He continued that she has been playing flute for ten years, and is currently learning from Rosalie Bourne and has already established an impressive  career in music. 

The People Choice’ award established in 2015 with a scholarship valued at $250 jointly sponsored by the Irvine Family and the Progress Association.   This concept has become extremely successful and offers the audience the opportunity to choose a performance of their choice and this this year violinist Kaito Deed, aged 14 was unanimously chosen.

Guest performers this year were the 2020 Irvine Piano Winner, pianist James Zhang and vocalist Bee Haslam, winner of the Pearl Beach 2019 scholarship.  Accompanist for the two days of music was Noah Peres who impressed the audiences with his accompanying skills, compassion and  talent as a supporting musician.

Lynne Lillico
Publicity, Pearl Beach Progress Association

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