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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 Central Coast Conservatorium and has a close relationship with the Central Coast Symphony Orchestra.

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Major personnel

Ian Wood (President)

Ian comes 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.


Philip Rees 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

The 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 it serves.

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