Conservatorium students shine in Pearl Beach concert

Central Coast Conservatorium students shone at an annual scholarship concert held at Pearl Beach Memorial Hall last month.

Pearl Beach Progress Association hosted the two-day concert on May 22 and 23 in association with the Irvine Family Piano Scholarship Concerts.

Audiences enjoyed a diverse program performed by sixteen students which included guest performers, pianist James Zhang and vocalist Bee Haslam, and accompanist Noah Peres.

Conservatorium Artistic Director, Patrick Brennan, said the event was an excellent opportunity for Conservatorium students to perform for the local community.

“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,” Brennan said.

“The prize money will help them further their musical studies at the CCC.”

He said the students delivered ‘truly breathtaking’ performances over the weekend.

Flautist Kayla Lush, a Year 11 student at ET Australia Secondary College, won the Pearl Beach Senior Music Scholarship on the night.

Adjudicator Ian Cook complimented Lush on a “beautiful’ rendition” of Ballade by Phillipe Gaubert and said she has already established an “impressive” career in music.

Winner of the Irvine Family Piano Scholarship, Chris Chen, a Year 11 student at Central Coast Grammar School, performed a rendition of Beethoven Sonata Op.13 No.8 in C minor Pathetique 1st movement and Chopin – Fantaisie-Impromptu (Op. 66).

The People Choice award, which includes a scholarship valued at $250, was won by 14-year-old violinist, Kaito Deed, who was unanimously chosen by the audience.

Media release, Jun 2
Pearl Beach Progress Association Publicity Officer, Lynne Lillico