Tickets are now available for Central Coast Conservatorium’s 40th Birthday Gala Dinner on November 23, to be held at the new restaurant Kefi at Koolewong.
It will be an evening of music, song and performances from the Coast’s premier music school.
Guests will be entertained by ABC Classic broadcaster and Sydney Symphony Orchestra Principal Harpist, Genevieve Lang, who will perform a short piece on the harp and share her personal musical journey while highlighting the importance of providing quality music education to every child.
Enjoy arrival drinks and canapes on the deck of the new Greek-inspired venue and an eight-mezze plate banquet for a night on the waterfront with music, song and performance featuring a Con faculty-inspired showcase with singer and vocal teacher, Michaele Archer and acclaimed guitarist Guy Strazz.
There will also be performances from top students of Central Coast Conservatorium, including 2024 CCCM Scholarship winner and guitarist Jerome Drobot and Central Coast Philharmonia Richard Newton Scholarship recipient, vocalist Mia Cross.
The 40th birthday gala dinner will include a live auction to raise funds to purchase musical instruments for students in the CCCM Schools Program, the CCCM music therapy program and other important outreach activities.
Items up for auction include giftware from Georg Jensen, a Kawai Australia keyboard, wines from Hunter Valley winery Briar Ridge Vineyard and more.
Local businesswoman and Non Executive Director, Claire Braund, who is President of the Con, said the birthday celebration was an opportunity to pause to celebrate 40 awesome years of inspiring and nurturing many young (and not so young) musicians on the Central Coast.
“The board of the Con welcomes everyone to our celebration, which will be a feast of fine food, wine, performance and song – and support our work into the future,” she said.
Central Coast Conservatorium was established in 1983 as one of the NSW Conservatorium of Music’s Regional Music Centres, teaching classes out of the former Gosford Primary School plumbing workshop.
Over the following five years student and teacher numbers grew exponentially, and it was clear that a larger, more permanent building was needed.
In 1987 the centre found its new home in the former police station and courthouse in Gosford and in 1993 its name was registered as Central Coast Conservatorium Inc.
Forty years on, more than 50 dedicated faculty provide impactful music education for the community in the heritage building’s newly renovated studios and across the region’s schools.
Bookings for the anniversary dinner are available at www.trybooking.com/CMMCO