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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


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 L’estrange, has performed landmark contemporary compositions, The Armed Man and the Requiem of Peter Sculthorpe (the choir’s patron) as well as new major works in the classical repertoire. Philip’s 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 Handel’s 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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