Ye Olde English Music Hall


‘Ye Olde English Music Hall’

7.30pm Friday 28th and 2.30pm Saturday 29th August, 2015 – Pearl Beach Memorial Hall

The English Music Hall began and grew from humble play houses and halls in the early 19th Century – where poor people could enjoy live theatre. By the 1830’s it had blossomed into and embraced the rich traditions of the Music Hall and was held in grand theatres in London such as The Old Vic & Drury Lane. It presented all facets of that era – some of the best variety talent the world could offer, Comedians, Singers, Ventriloquists, Musicians & Dancers. It’s sad demise began in the early 20th Century when other forms of entertainment began to take place.

But the spirit survives and continues to this day, and now with great pride and pleasure we would like to present a tribute to the wonderful memory and history of “Ye Olde English Music Hall”. The Pearl Beach Glee Club Singers follows a long tradition of musical theatre, formed in the nineteen fifties to raise funds to complete the Memorial Hall putting on a number of “Grand Concerts” with many of the local community having no previous theatrical experience.

Dr John Irvine as Master of the concert, and author of the Melodrama – Murder in Pearl Beach says, “this year’s concert promises to build on what is fast becoming a splendid tradition, and the 2015 programme will surprise and delight with a great variety of local talent performed by extraordinary musicians – young and old, amateur and professional’. He continues, “well known Central Coast personalities – Chris King actor and Musical Theatre identity will perform a number from the good old days, while ABC radio personality Scott Levi and partner will dance with the stars”.

Dr Irvine continues, “Pearl Beach is committed to the long tradition of bringing music to the community and we are delighted to be including young Central Coast Conservatorium music students in the 2015 programme. We invite everyone to come along and re-live an era before the advent of television, video, CD’s and I-Pods, a time when entertainment was often impromptu and always spontaneous”.


Proceeds will go toward the Memorial Hall upkeep

The Pearl Beach Glee Club Singers & Friends – Present 2015 Ye Olde English Music Hall

Variety Concert

Pearl Beach Memorial Hall, 9 Diamond Road

 7.30pm Friday 28 and 2.30pm, Saturday 29 August

 Adults $20 – Children (under 15) $10 includes programme and welcome drink

Bookings recommended credit cards (02) 4343 1455 – cash 4341 8489

Pearl Beach Classical Music Festival

Acacia Quartet Flying Music B&W photo

Pearl Beach June Long Weekend Classical Music Festival

Music You Know And Love …

Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th June 2015
Tickets selling fast – book now!!!

Proudly presented by the Pearl Beach Progress Association, the June Long Weekend Music Festival will carry the audience away on a magical journey. There are many ways of listening to music, but the live experience in the intimate atmosphere of the Pearl Beach Memorial Hall is a truly memorable one.

All four concerts will present ‘Music You Know And Love’. An additional bonus is that three of them will introduce some unusual instruments for you to discover and enjoy.

Opening the weekend on Saturday afternoon to delight the audience is the extraordinary (and lovely) ACACIA STRING QUARTET who play of the highest order. On Saturday evening, RACHEL SCOTT (cello) and ANTHONY SCHULZ (piano accordian) bring us a beautiful but unusual program entitled ‘Bach & Beyond’, with music by Bach, Bartok, De Falla, along with a few surprises.

Returning by popular demand, the ‘early music’ specialists THE SYDNEY CONSORT, present ‘Love Actually’ on Sunday afternoon. This mix of baroque composition from different European countries will be played on period string instruments, oboe d’amore, recorder and harpsichord. The program has been specially chosen to give you a fresh and mesmerising experience.

Sunday evening, the finale concert of the weekend Tango guru MAGGIE FERGUSON (bandoneon), and her colleagues, Francis Carreon (piano), Isabella Brown (bass), Ziva Altman & Katrina Holland (violins) and Peter Garrity (viola) present ‘Taming the Tango’ playing some of the best loved tangos. This concert will feature a broad history of the authentic Tango with Maggie introducing the pieces, giving a brief insight and history of each.


Pearl Beach Memorial Hall, 9 Diamond Road, Pearl Beach


Saturday 6th June; 2.30pm – Acacia Quartet Ticket cost: $40; 7.30pm – Bach & Beyond Ticket cost: $35

Sunday 7th June 2.30pm – Sydney Consort Ticket cost: $40; 7.30pm – Taming the Tango Ticket cost: $40 vChild under 15 $20 per concert

Bookings are recommended : 4343 1455 Credit card booking fee additional $4 per transaction

Photo: Acacia Quartet

Further information: Lynne Lillico
Communications Officer, Pearl Beach Progress Association
4344 2319

Proceeds to the Memorial Hall upkeep and repairs…

Pearl Beach Celebrating Ten Years of Scholarship Sponsorship

Flute Princesses

Pearl Beach Celebrating Ten Years of Scholarship Sponsorship for Students of the Central Coast Conservatorium – total value of awards $2,000.00

New initiative – Scholarship Concert ‘Peoples Choice Award’ valued at $250.

The Pearl Beach Progress Association, in association with the Irvine Family extends an invitation to come and celebrate a weekend of music performed by students from the Central Coast Conservatorium. Saturday 23 May: Junior Students of the Central Coast Conservatorium will perform in a Showcase Concert. Dr John Irvine, whose family sponsor the Irvine Piano Scholarship and support young students says “Music is not only good for the soul and important for relaxation in the racey world kids live in, but recent research is showing the importance in cognitive development and memory skills”.

Patrick Brennan, CEO and Artistic Director, Central Coast Conservatorium, comments, “The showcase concert embraces the concept of “Pure Performance rather than “competitive performance” and allows our younger musicians to perform with focus, passion and conviction”.

Entry to the concert is free, however a donation would be appreciated.

2.00pm Sunday 24 May: The Pearl Beach Music Scholarship and Irvine Family Piano Scholarship Concert will once again search for the Central Coast’s best young music students. The annual scholarship competition now celebrating ten years is for students of the Central Coast Conservatorium. Over the years the scholarship concerts have offered performance opportunity to students who have excelled in their chosen field. To celebrate ten year of Pearl Beach Scholarships we are delighted to have two previous Scholarship recipients, flautists Alyce Faith and Jennifer Hanking to perform at the Sunday concert.

Patrick Brennan, says “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 award that is given by the Pearl Beach Progress Association and the Irvine Family to the winners of this important event . The prize money will help them further their musical studies at the CCC”.

Lynne Lillico, Pearl Beach Progress Association spokesperson says, “ to celebrate ten years we are delighted to introduce a new initiative “The People Choice” award with a scholarship valued at $250 jointly sponsored by the Irvine Family and the Progress Association, come along and enjoy a weekend of fine music”. .

Entry cost is $10 and children under 15 are free.

Allyne Brislan once again returns as accompanist at both concerts, she is widely acknowledged as an outstanding performer, teacher and accompanist.

Both concerts – 2pm each day
Pearl Beach Memorial Hall 9 Diamond Road, Pearl Beach
Enquiries/bookings 4344 2319

Photo: Guest performance in 2015 by previous Scholarship winners – Alyce Faith & Jennifer Hankin

Further information: Lynne Lillico Communications Officer, Pearl Beach Progress Association.
4344 2319

ANZAC Exhibition



John Steinbeck & Medals


Traditionally Pearl Beach has held an Anzac Day service and this year the service will be held at 10am on Saturday 25th April. To commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Gallipoli there will be a three day exhibition titled “Tell us your story”.

At the end of the First World War there had been a great flurry of activity throughout Australia, raising memorials to the fallen and those who had served.. After the Second World War the question of suitable memorials arose once more. There was much discussion and considerable nationwide enthusiasm for war memorials that were useful or practical. Since 1927 gifts for public war memorials had been allowed as tax deductions, and many small communities all over Australia took advantage of these taxation provisions to build long-needed facilities – parks, playing fields, swimming pools, churches, fountains, civic centres and community halls..

Back then Pearl Beach residents, William Steinbeck, James Armstrong and William Frost who were the president, secretary and treasurer of the Pearl Beach Progress Association bought a block of land at 9 Diamond Rd to donate to the Association as the site for a community hall. They probably had in mind the tax advantages of declaring the Hall a war memorial. The Pearl Beach exhibition will showcase a number of items and medals from descendants of early Pearl Beach residents.

Steinbeck himself had two sons serving overseas, one later died as a POW of the Japanese, and other families had lost sons. However, as the Association had limited funds, building seemed a long way off. It was 1950 before enough money was secured through events, loans, and donations to build the hall, and it was officially opened on 16th September 1950 and dedicated as a memorial.

A descendent of William Steinbeck, John Steinbeck comments; “I have a number of items of interest from my uncle Wilfred Batten who was decorated four times at Gallipoli, my father Ted who was decorated in Tobruk and my uncle William who was captured in Singapore and died in a POW camp”.

Pearl Beach spokesperson, Lynne Lillico comments; “Many Pearl Beach residents and families have a close connection with a loved one or a friend who has served in the service of their country in war and peace”. As a mark of respect, on this coming 100th anniversary of Anzac Day, the Pearl Beach Community is planning an exhibition, in the Memorial Hall to exhibit memorabilia of their service”; Ms Lillico continues, “We have been offered photos, letters, postcards, diaries, and clothing to display at the Anzac Exhibition. Many stories are extremely poignant and emmotional and at times quite pragmatic with touches of Aussie humour.   The POW diaries are amazing with   their honest descritpion of daily life. The exhibition will help to remind us of close alignment of the lifestyle we enjoy in our current way of life.

“Tell us your story” ANZAC exhibition

Pearl Beach Memorial Hall   12 noon – 4pm Friday 24th Saturday 25th Sunday 26th April

“Official Opening” 5pm Friday 24th with a presentation by Australian author Robert Holden author of “And the Band Played On”. Entry by a gold coin, includes refreshments.

Photo: Pearl Beach resident, John Steinbeck with his “Story”