The Central Coast Philharmonia (previously
the Gosford Philharmonia Inc) is incorporated as a
non-profit organisation, reg. no. Y15340-41. Its ABN is 43 230 670 894.
It is affiliated with the
Conservatorium and has a close relationship with the Central
Coast Symphony Orchestra.
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from a totally non-musical family. In fact he says that, as a child, if he
began to sing he was locked in the laundry until he got over it.
Consequently his musical exposure has been rather secretive and
non-selective. He was inveigled into joining an a cappella choir at a party
when he was not in a position to defend himself and, being thus freed
from the shackles of his parents' prejudices, found that singing was
actually quite a lot of fun. Despite his lack of musical education, he
boasts considerable managerial experience and hopes that this will be of
benefit to the choir. He previously served as the choir's Treasurer.
OAM (Musical Director)
Philip Rees has been the Music Director
of the Central Coast Philharmonia since 2001, continuing the work of the
fine conductors before him. In this time, the choir has given three
Australian premiers - works by Karl Jenkins, John Rutter and Alexander
Líestrange, has performed landmark contemporary compositions, The
Armed Man and the Requiem of Peter Sculthorpe (the choirís patron) as well
as new major works in the classical repertoire. Philipís professional life
is working with young musicians in instrumental and choral ensembles. He has
conducted a number of groups on national and international tours and he
participates regularly in workshops and in judging. In 2011, he was awarded
the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to music.
History of the society
Gosford Philharmonia had its origins in a group of instrumentalists brought
together in Gosford to form an orchestra in 1962 and a choir that was formed in
1963, when the Gosford Orchestral and Choral Society gave the first of its
regular performances of Handelís Messiah. The society was incorporated as
today's Gosford Philharmonia in 1989. In its forty years,
the society's orchestra and choir have performed much of the better-known
orchestral and choral repertoire as well as many lesser-known works.
In February 2007, the name
was changed to the Central Coast Philharmonia to better represent the area that
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