An enthusiastic audience filled the Pearl Beach Memorial Hall enjoying performances by students from the Central Coast Conservatorium over the weekend, 31st May and 1st June 2014.
Sunday 1st June six students from the Central Coast Conservatorium competed for the annual Pearl Beach Music Scholarship of $750 and a Highly Commended of $250. The students all from local colleges and schools with ages ranging from 13 to 16 years played a varied program of classical items. Outstanding pianist Allyne Brislan provided an interpretive accompaniment to the students contributing greatly to their individual performances.
The annual piano scholarship of $750, generously sponsored by the Irvine Family was presented by Warwick Irvine, to outstanding piano student, Patrick Harrison playing on the Kawai piano, a gift to Pearl Beach by the Irvine Family in memory of their parents Alex and Helen Irvine, performed the Sonata in F minor (mvmt 1) by Beethoven and Pirates of the Caribbean by Jarrod Radnich.
Adjudicator for the afternoon Phillip Shovk who is considered one of Australia’s foremost concert pianists, chamber musicians accompanist and teachers. Commented; “Overall the students demonstrated the basics of sound, integrity and rhythm touching the audience with emotion and excellent performances”.
When announcing the winner of this year’s Music Scholarship to 13 year old violinist Anastasia Hibbard who played pieces by Mozart and Astor Piazollo he said, “your interpretation was spectacular, congratulations”. The Highly Commended award of $250 was shared by two students, flutist Ellora Srivastava and violinist Oliver Lee who both demonstrated a high level of performance.
Photo of Scholarship participants outside left to right: Patrick Brennan, CC Conservatorium Artistic Director; with Luke Kovak, Flute; Emma Hunter, Flute; Patrick Harrison, winner of the Piano Scholarship; Anastasia Hibberd, Violin and winner of the Music Scholarship; Oliver Lee, Violin; Emma Hunter, Viola; Phoebe Gilbert, Violin and Dr John Irvine.