An Enchanted Evening

MEDIA RELEASE     July  2016


‘An Enchanted Evening’  

7.30pm Friday 19 August and 2.30pm Saturday 20 August, 2016 – Pearl Beach Memorial Hall

The original Pearl Beach Glee Club was formed in the nineteen fifties to raise funds to complete the Memorial Hall and they put on a number of “Grand Concerts”.  The Glee Club Singers re-formed in 2010 by a group of local music lovers to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the original Glee Club.  The success of the anniversary concert encouraged the tradition to continue and each year members have maintained the pleasure of regular meetings around the piano.

This year’s concert, “An Enchanted Evening” promises to build on what is a splendid tradition, and the 2016 programme will surprise and delight with a great variety of local talent  performed by extraordinary musicians – young and old, amateur and professional.  Included will be vocal and instrumental items, guest performers and community singing.

Dr John Irvine, Master of the House comments, “This year we are delighted to feature a number of special guest performers including well known Musical Theatre personality, Chris King; local opera diva Anita de Lisen; Sebastian and Anastasia Hibbard (Friday only) and winner of the 2016 Pearl Beach Scholarship, vocalist Tiana Young”.  Dr Irvine continues, “The ever popular Melodrama  returns with many twists, and turns and a surprising dramatic conclusion,.  We invite everyone to come along and re-live an era before the advent of television, video and CD’s, a time when entertainment was often impromptu and always spontaneous”.

Proceeds will go toward the Memorial Hall upkeep

Pearl Beach Glee Club Singers & Friends 

Present 2016 An Enchanted Evening Concert

Pearl Beach Memorial Hall

9 Diamond Road

7.30pm, Friday 19 and 2.30pm, Saturday 20 August 

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

Bookings recommended (02)  4341 4040 or 4341 8489

Photo: members of the 2016 Glee Club Singers – photo taken by Duncan Bridell 

Plus a photo of the original Glee Club at a picnic taken in the 1950s.

Further information – Lynne Lillico, Communications Officer, Pearl Beach Progress Association, (02) 4344 2319                     HYPERLINK “”

Pearl Beach Food and Wine Fare

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Pearl Beach Food and Wine Fare


10am – 5pm: Saturday 24 September 2016

 Pearl Beach Memorial Hall, 9 Diamond Road, Pearl Beach

If you love gourmet food and boutique wines why not head off to the annual Pearl Beach Food and Wine Fare. Pearl Beach situated on the Central Coast nestles between Brisbane Water National Park and Broken Bay, and is an ideal destination to visit, and stay awhile.

The event hosted by the Pearl Beach Progress Association is now in its 9th year and as a community fundraising activity attracts large crowds who enjoy tasting and purchasing from a select range of boutique wines and gourmet foods.

Lynne Lillico from the Progress Association says “we will be showcasing Hunter based boutique wineries and an eclectic selection of food producers, so this year promises to be the best ever, come along and have some fun tasting and purchasing”. … Wollombi Wines, Catherine Vale Wines and new this year Old Inn Road Vineyard offering a variety of wines to sample and purchase.

Favourite food producers will showcase a range of fresh gourmet products including Little Creek Cheeses an amazing selection to choose form; Crooked Creek’s savoury and sweet biscuits and homemade Christmas puddings; Adina Providore Olives with a variety of olives and processed products.

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What better than bees as pure as nature from Wollombi Honey; home grown Direct Fresh; Vegetali Secialised Foods with natural dips, spreads and sauces; plus local identity Margin’s Mushrooms; for home or party Catering by The Two Turkeys; Eva’s Patisserie returns with mouthwatering edible elegance. New this year Jennjams homemade jams, chutneys and pastes; Simply Stirred Asian inspired dressings and relishes , and Eszter’s hot chocolate to drink and enjoy.

If you love your Dog, an exciting new exhibitor Gourmet Dog Barkery offers oven baked treats made from Australian quality natural ingredients., preservative free and organic where possible.

Two Gourmet Hampers filled with food and wine generously donated by our exhibitors will be raffled with proceeds toward the Memorial Hall maintenance and upkeep.


Events 2016


AUGUST – DECEMBER                                                                                                                                                                              

Friday 19 &  Saturday 20 August              

Glee Club Concerts”

The Pearl Beach Singers present –

‘An Enchanted Evening’

Venue: Memorial Hall

Times: Fri 7.30pm/Sat 2.30pm

Ticket cost: $20 – Child – $10

Includes a free drink, and program

Bookings: 4341 4040 credit card (+$4 fee)

cash – 4341 8489

Sunday 21 August

Pearl Beach Crommelin Arboretum 40th Anniversary” 

11am Enjoy luncheon and drinks

Saturday 24 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


Sunday 2 October

 An Afternoon of Jazz Delights”

Jazz returns to Pearl Beach Arboretum

with Hetty Kate Quintet and The New Empire Ragtime Orchestra

Venue: Pearl Beach Arboretum

Times: 2pm – 5.30pm

Ticket cost: Adults $40, Child under 15 $25

Group Bookings of ten or more $36

Bookings: 4343 1455 (Credit card) +$4 transaction

Cash: 4341 6004 – enquiries: 4344 2319

BYO: picnic, rug and chairs

October Long Weekend

Showoffs Art Exhibition”   

Exhibition and Sale by local artists

Marijke Greenway & Pim Sarti

Venue: Memorial Hall                                                                                                                             

Times: 10am – 4pm daily

Cost: entry is free Contact: 4341 6004

Tuesday 1 November            

Melbourne Cup” Luncheon                                             

Venue: Memorial Hall

Times & Cost: TBA

Saturday 10 December        

Community Christmas Dinner”

Annual event to share the Christmas spirit

Venue: Memorial Hall

Times: 6.30pm

Cost:TBA & Enquiries/Bookings: TBA

Friday 23 December

Family Carols” with Santa                                    

Venue: Memorial Hall

Come along and have some fun…

Times: 4.30pm – TBA

Refreshments availabe for small donation

Enquiries: 4344 2319

Kids Club Returns in 2017


Scholarship Concert

Pearl Beach Music Community Supports Student Concerts

Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 May 2016


Pearl Beach community continue to support Central Coast Conservatorium students with scholarships to the value of $2,000 being awarded. Capacity audiences filled the Pearl Beach Memorial Hall enjoying amazing performances by accomplished young musicians.

The Junior Showcase Concert held on Saturday is now in it’s fourth year and offers Central Coast junior students ages between 9 and 12 years old, the opportunity to perform with a solo instrument or vocal performance.   Patrick Brennan, CEO and Artistic Director at the Central Coast Conservatorium commented; “Although competition is a common aspect of the musical education process, too often the focus is on competing rather than performing. Eleven young students were selected offering them the opportunity to perform in front of an audience, and play from their hearts expressing themselves musically, which is what music is all about”.


On Sunday nine students from the Central Coast Conservatorium competed for the 11th annual Pearl Beach Music Scholarship of $1,000. The students all from local colleges and schools performed a varied program including voice, piano and instrumental. Outstanding pianist Lilli Naulu provided an interpretive accompaniment to the students contributing greatly to their individual performances.

The annual Irvine piano scholarship of $800, generously sponsored by the Irvine Family was presented to outstanding piano student, Kimberly Gilbert who played Elegie Opus 3 No. 1 by Sergie Rachmaninov and Allegro Barbaro by Bella Bartok on the Kawai piano, a gift to Pearl Beach by the Irvine Family in memory of their parents Alex and Helen Irvine.


The “Peoples Choice Award” valued at $250 was enthusiastically supported with the audience unanimously choosing young vocalist Tiana Young who thrilled the audience with her renditions of Batti Batti, o bel Masetto – by Don Giovanni, and Girl from 14 G by Jeanine Tesori.   Accompanist for the afternoon was accomplished pianist Lilli Naulu who is currently teaching piano at both the Central Coast Conservatorium and Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Adjudicator for the afternoon Mr Brian Buggy OAM has an impressive career as a musician, conductor, teacher as well as composing scores for film, theatre and TV. Commented; “all of the students presented amazing performances, making it very difficult to make a choice”. He continued, “It is very important to relate to the audience and perform

with emotion and acknowledge their appreciation of your performance”. When announcing this years scholarship recipient, seventeen year old vocalist Tiana Young he commented that she “expressed her love of music, and demonstrated great skill and emotion, congratulations!”.

Jazz At The Arboretum

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Jazz returns to The Pearl Beach Arboretum

2pm Sunday 2 October 2016


Book now to avoid disappointment!


Hetty Kate Quintet presents an Afternoon of Jazz Delights


Join Hetty and her outstanding band, John Harkins piano; Sam Rollings guitar; Brendon Clarke double bass and Andrew Dickeson drums as they weave a magic web of beautiful vintage music.

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Hetty Kate has a classic, clear sound reminiscent of the vocalists from the 1940s and 50s, and is often compared to a young Peggy Lee or Doris Day. Known for her pure tone, diction, faultless rhythm and swing, as well an effortless ease on stage, Hetty has fast become one of the busiest jazz vocalists in Australia. Settle back and enjoy an afternoon of music magic in the beautiful Crommelin Native Arboretum.


2pm – Setting the scene take a step back in time with ‘The New Empire Ballroom Ragtime Dance Orchestra’ is unique among young Australian orchestras playing authentic 1920s and early 30s hot dance band arrangements of “the jazz era”, this ensemble successfully summons-up the nostalgia and ambience associated with the legendary Great Gatsby, in a truly entertaining manner. “This is an orchestra full of young people: vibrant, alert, and cheeky.“


3pm – John Harkins Trio are three of Australia’s most respected jazz musicians, performing and recording with the world’s leading jazz artists. John Harkins is one of the most sought-after jazz pianists in Australia, majoring in classical piano at the prestigious Manhattan School of Music in New York City and working with many well-known American jazz musicians.


Performing together for many years – with Brendan Clarke on double bass and Andrew Dickeson on drums – the Trio bring you some of the best-loved standards, with songs like The Look Of Love, Green Dolphin Street, and You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To.


4pm – For this special performance in the Arboretum, Hetty Kate and her Quintet will perform a smooth selection of songs from her most recent releases, such as “In the Still of the Night”, “The Thrill is Gone”, and “Cry me a River”. Enjoy re-imagined music from the songbooks of Peggy Lee, June Christy and Julie London (featured in her acclaimed CD for ABC Jazz, Dim All The Lights), alongside popular classics that you know and love, and curios from the swing era included on her newest swing album with the Dan McLean Hot Six, The Umbrella Man.

Come early, bring a picnic, and enjoy a unique experience in the beautiful Pearl Beach Arboretum.

Raffle tickets will be available with proceeds to the Pearl Beach Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade.


Ticket cost: $40 children (under 15) $25

Group bookings of ten or more tickets are $36 each ticket

BOOKINGS: 4343 1455 or 4341 6004

(credit card $4 per transaction)