Pearl Beach June Long Weekend Classical Music Festival Fabulous

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Pearl Beach June Long Weekend Classical Music Festival Fabulous weekend of ‘Music You Know And Love’ …

Saturday 6t & Sunday 7 June 2015


 Proudly presented by the Pearl Beach Progress Association, the June Long Weekend Music Festival took audiences on a magical journey.

Opening the festival, ACACIA STRING QUARTET performed sumptuous music by Kats-Chernin, Chan and Debussy. On Saturday evening, RACHEL SCOTT (cello) and ANTHONY SCHULZ (piano accordian) performed a beautiful and unusual program entitled ‘Bach & Beyond’.

Sunday afternoon returning by popular demand, the ‘early music’ specialists THE SYDNEY CONSORT, presented ‘Love Actually’ a mix of baroque composition from different European countries.

The finale’ on Sunday evening, TAMING THE TANGO led by Tango Guru MAGGIE FERGUSON (bandoneon), and her colleagues, Francis Carreon (piano), Isabella Brown (bass), Ziva Altman & Katrina Holland (violins) and Peter Garrity (viola) wowed a capacity audience with an exciting and electric program of authentic Tango music full of rhythm, colour and lots of zing.

Audience feedback indicated that they appreciated the four concert program and enjoyed the diversity and variety of the music performed by renowned musicins in the intimate atmosphere of the Pearl Beach Memorial Hall. The four concert package cost of $135 with a saving of $20 was extremely successful selling 36 packages.


At a recent July Pearl Beach Progress Association general meeting a cheque for $850 was handed over to Mr Max Davis, Board Director of the Brisbane Water (NSW) branch of Legacy.

Legacy Donation photo 2015 cropped

In April the Pearl Beach community held a three day exhibition “Tell us your story” to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Gallipoli. Members of the Pearl Beach community were invited to share their family stories. The exhibition followed a time-line from the Boer War, to post WW2 and included a variety of memorabilia and precious family items. During the exhibition visitors were invited to make a donation to Legacy.

Accepting the cheque from Pearl Beach representative, Russell Grove, Mr Davis in an emotional address explained Legacy services.   “Legacy’s assistance is dedicated to caring for families of deceased and incapacitated veterans and enhance the lives and opportunities of these families through innovative and practical programs”.

He continued, “Today Legacy’s caring and compassionate service assists around 90,000 widows and children and dependants with a disability. As a voluntary organisation it is supported by veterans, servicemen and women, and volunteers drawn from all walks of life. Our support now extends to include the dependants and members of today’s Australian Defence Force who lose their lives as a result of their military service”.

Photo: Mr Max Davis (left) accepting the cheque from Pearl Beach representstive Russell Grove (on the right).


Household Chemical Cleanout Event

The next chemical drop off date is Sunday 30th August , 2015 between 9am and 3.30pm at Gosford Showground Carpark, Showground Rd. Gosford.

Household and Garden Chemicals, Poisons, Cleaning Products, Acids, Fluorescent tubes, Paints, Car Batteries, Gas bottles, Motor and Cooking Oils are some of the items that can be disposed of at this event.

This is a good time clean out those excess chemicals prior to the upcoming bushfire season.

Events Calendar

Friday 28 & Saturday 29 August             

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Glee Club Concerts”

The Pearl Beach Singers present –

‘Old English Music Hall’

Venue: Memorial Hall

Times: Fri 7.30pm/Sat 2.30pm

Ticket cost: $20 – Child – $10

Includes a free drink, and program

Bookings: 4343 1455 credit card (+$4 fee)

cash – 4341 8489


Sunday 13 September

Afternoon Tea with Simon & Hetty”                                  

Piano luminary Simon Tedeschi joins with

jazz singer Hetty Kate in an afternoon of

Jazz delights..     Venue: Memorial Hall

Times: 2.30pm start

Cost: $40 includes afternoon tea

Wine available for a donation.

Bookings: 4344 2319


Saturday 26th September    


Pearl Beach Food & Wine Fare”                           

Favourite food producers & boutique wineries

Venue: Memorial Hall

Times: 10am – 5pm Cost:entry is free

Raffle – Food Hamper, proceeds to hall upkeep

Enquiries: 4344 2319


October Long Weekend

Sat 3rd Sun 4th


Pearl Beach Art & Craft Fair”                               

Exhibition and Sale by local artisans

Bi-annual event – charity fundraising raffle

Venue: Memorial Hall                                                                                                                            

Times: 10am – 4pm daily

Cost: entry is free Contact: 4342 3751


Tuesday 3rd November       

Melbourne Cup” Luncheon                                             

Venue: Memorial Hall

Times & Cost: TBA


Saturday 12th December     

Community Christmas Dinner”

Annual event to share the Christmas spirit

Venue: Memorial Hall

Times: 6.30pm

Cost:TBA & Enquiries/Bookings: TBA


Sunday 20th December

Family Carols” with Santa                                    

Venue: Memorial Hall

Come along and have some fun…

Times: 4.30pm


Twilight Community Carols”                                                         

Venue: Memorial Hall

Times: 6pm – 7pm

Refreshments availabe for small donation

Enquiries: 4344 2319



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