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Toe-tapping “music of dance” concert has something for everyone
 
On Sunday 21 August at 2pm, thanks to a Coffs Harbour City Council arts and cultural grant, Coffs Harbour’s own Orchestra will perform a concert at the Princess Room, upstairs in Sawtell RSL Club.
 
Orchestra spokeswoman Pamela Fayle says “Coffs Coast is very lucky to have its own community orchestra and thanks to Council assistance we are proud to feature young local flautist Caitlin Pengilly this year”.
 
“The theme of this year’s gala concert is ‘The Music of Dance” so we will be performing dance music from all over the world and a range of different styles from waltzes to tangos to some beautiful ballet music” 
 
The Orchestra has been a feature of the local arts scene for over 30 years but has recently flourished under new conductor Peter Kaukiainen and is attracting some new younger players to join some who have been in the ensemble since it began. Peter is an enthusiastic director who teaches music at a number of local schools, is frequently involved with musical and drama shows at the Coffs Harbour Jetty Memorial Theatre (most recently “The King & I”) and plays too many instruments to mention.
 
“We have musicians aged from 12 to their eighties and always welcome new members”. Pamela Fayle says. “We have players from Nambucca to Corindi to Bellingen and rehearse every week. A small grant from Coffs Council enables us to feature young local talent in our annual gala concert so it is wonderful to have that support.”
 
If you enjoy music with a beat then this is the concert for you. Put on your imaginary dancing shoes and come along for a toe-tapping time.
 

Entrance is $10.00 for adults, $7 concession for pensioners and children under 12 are welcome, free of charge. Tickets available at the door and please be seated by 2pm.

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Coffs Orchestra returns to Nambucca with “music to move you’

 On Sunday 26 June at 2pm, Coffs Harbour City Orchestra will perform a concert of “music to move you” at the Nambucca Entertainment Centre on Ridge Street.

The concert will begin by serenading the audience with some Mozart before taking them on a toe tapping tour of the world with dance music from a number of different countries. There’ll be waltzes, folk dances, a tango and some ballet music. And if that hasn’t got your feet moving, there are a couple of rousing marches to finish off the program.
 
The orchestra will be under the baton of conductor Peter Kaukiainen. Peter is an enthusiastic director who teaches music at a number of local schools, is frequently involved with musical and drama shows at the Coffs Harbour Jetty Memorial Theatre (most recently the King & I) and plays too many instruments to mention here.
 
The concert will also feature the orchestra’s youngest member, flautist Anna Fry, performing a delightful flute solo.
 
Several members of Coffs Orchestra reside in the Nambucca, Urunga, Thora and Bellingen area including violinist Margaret Spark, viola players Ruth Egan and Blake Cutler, percussionist Judie Bartley, bassoonists Rosemary Lloyd and Aditya van der Meulen and saxophonists Jen Bedford and Rowan Butler. So come along and support our local musicians and enjoy some fabulous music and a scrumptious afternoon tea….a great afternoon out.
 
Entrance is $10.00 for adults, $7 concession for pensioners and children under 12 are welcome, free of charge. Tickets available at the door. .

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 Coffs Orchestra brings Autumn Classics to Woolgoolga

On Sunday 3 April at 2pm, Coffs Harbour City Orchestra and friends will perform their autumn concert in the Yeates Hall at the Woolgoolga Primary School.
 
The concert will include a range of classics including some well-known pieces from Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Strauss and some of the music of Broadway such as Phantom of the Opera and Music of Mancini
 
Coffs Harbour City Orchestra plays its debut performance under newly appointed conductor Peter Kaukiainen. Peter is an enthusiastic director who teaches music at a number of local schools, is frequently involved with musical and drama shows at the Coffs Harbour Jetty Memorial Theatre and plays too many instruments to mention here.
 
Several members of the Coffs Orchestra  reside on the Northern Beaches  including clarinettists from Mullaway and Corindi, percussionists and trumpeters from Woolgoolga and fiddlers from Arrawarra.
 
For the Bassoon lovers we have two very seasoned players performing a duet “Canon for 2 bassoons” by Telemann.
 
Entrance is $7.00 for adults, $5 concession for pensioners and children under 12 are welcome, free of charge. Tickets available at the door. 
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COFFS HARBOUR CITY ORCHESTRA CELEBRATING ITS 30TH BIRTHDAY

Coffs Orchestra plus guest performers The Hitunez Kidz Orcheztra under careful guidance of Natalie Keft, will stage their annual Christmas concert on Sunday 29 November, 2pm at the Sportz Central, Bray Street.“The concert will include an exciting multiplicity of well-known musical pieces varying from themes of Fiddler on the Roof, Pirates of the Caribbean and The Dambusters March. I’m sure it will more than just entertain you”, conductor Greg Ellsmore said. 

The highlight of the day will be the orchestra’s accomplished trumpeters Tim Egan and Rudy Strating who will “blow you away” with their interpretation of Vivaldi’s “Concerto per 2 Trombe” trumpet solo.
The concert will further include a broad range of orchestral performance with the focus on fun and variety.
 
After intermission the stage will be filled with an additional 70-odd of our featured co-performers, The Hitunez Kidz Orcheztra. These musically talented children come from 6 of the smaller sized primary schools around Coffs who greatly appreciate the experience of playing in an ensemble of this size. With around 100 players on stage the Christmas songs and some of the well known tunes of Sax-o-Matic and Mack The Knife are going to sound spectacular.
 
Coffs Harbour City Orchestra includes instrumentalists from as far north as Corindi and Arrawarra, as far west as Ulong and Bellingen and as far south as Nambucca Heads and Kempsey. Betty Bailey (cello), the founder of the Orchestra and Joy Griffin (orchestra master on violin) have been with the group since its inception 30 years ago.
The orchestra also enjoys the company of young talented players such as Blake Cutler (clarinet) and Koki Kimuro (saxophone), a multi talented Japanese exchange student who also plays percussion, piano and guitar.
 
So, come along, bring your children and enjoy a great afternoon of rousing music, sing-along’s and get into the spirit of the “Silly Season”.
 Entrance fee: $10 for adults, $5 for pensioners and concession and children under 12 free of charge

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Coffs Orchestra “Springing” to serenade Nambucca music lovers
 
On Sunday 1 November at 2pm, Coffs Harbour City Orchestra will perform their spring concert at the Nambucca Entertainment Centre in Ridge Street.
 
“The concert will include an exciting multiplicity of well-known musical pieces varying from themes of Fiddler on the Roof, Pirates of the Caribbean and Guys and Dolls to Procession of the Nobles for the Royalists in the audience. I’m sure it will more than just entertain you”, conductor Greg Ellsmore said. 
 
The highlight of the day will be The Orchestra guiding its accomplished trumpeters Tim Egan and Rudy Strating who will “blow you away” with their own interpretation of Vivaldi’s “Concerto per 2 Trombe” trumpet solo.
 
The concert will further include a broad range of orchestral performance with the focus on fun and variety.
 
Coffs Harbour City Orchestra includes instrumentalists from as far north as Corindi and Arrawarra, as far west as Ulong and Bellingen and as far south as Kempsey, Nambucca Heads and Urunga. 
 
Local Nambucca area members of the orchestra include Ruth Egan on viola and Margaret Spark on violin and Barbara Trist will be joining in.
 
So, come along and enjoy some rousing music. Entrance costs are $10 for adults, $5 concession for pensioners and children under 12 are welcome, free of charge. Afternoon tea will be available after the performance when there will be plenty of opportunity to mingle with the performers.
 

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“TALENTED LOCAL OBOIST RETURNS FOR A SPECTACULAR HOMETOWN CONCERT WITH COFFS ORCHESTRA”

 ALSO FEATURING LOCAL PRODIGY BETH CONDON ON VIOLA.
Princess Room, Sawtell RSL Club,
2pm Sunday 5 July 2009
 
Thanks to a grant from Coffs Harbour City Council talented oboe player Jai Farrell will return home for a special gala concert in the Princess Room at the Sawtell RSL Club, 2pm Sunday 5 July. This young ex- Coffs man graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Performance in 2008. Jai will perform the fabulously sentimental “Gabriel’s Oboe” from the soundtrack of the movie “The Mission” with the Coffs Harbour Orchestra, as well as entertaining us with some classic numbers.
 
In 1994 Jai moved to Coffs Harbour and at an early age commenced oboe studies under the watchful eye of local oboist Sue Taylor while practicing what he learned with the Coffs Harbour Regional Youth Orchestra and the Coffs City Orchestra.
 
In 2004 Jai was accepted into the Queensland Conservatorium of Music where he studied oboe with Tania Frazer and Duncan Tolmie and was actively involved with several Brisbane ensembles. Jai’s CV lists The Brisbane Philharmonic Orchestra and the Queensland Youth Orchestra, The Queensland Conservatorium Symphony and Chamber Orchestras.
Jai also had the opportunity to play under many renowned conductors such as John Curro AM MBE, Nicholas Braithwaite, Richard Gill and Michael Morgan. Jai recently completed a 30-day tour of Europe playing Principal Oboe in the Queensland Youth Orchestra under John Curro.
 
Jai has won a number of music awards including the Rudolf Pekárek Oboe Prize and multiple prizes in the Queensland Double Reed Competition. Jai currently resides in Brisbane and studies conducting with Curro and Sergei Korschmin and has been privileged to lead the Queensland Youth Symphony, Brisbane Philharmonic and the Conservatorium’s Wind Symphony and Wind Octet.
 
Then we have a chance to hear Beth Condon (accompanied by Renata Turrini), whose entire family has “fortissimos” and “pianissimos” ruling their lives. Beth learned to play the violin from age 5 and turned to play the viola at age 11 and completed her Grade 8 exam in 2006. Beth was an exchange student in France in 2007 and further studied the viola at the Gabriel Fauré Conservatorium with violist Marie-Pierré. In 2008 Beth was awarded the David Helfgott Scolarship. Beth is a College Leader at Bishop Druitt College and an active participant in the Music Department, leading the Senior School Consort.
 
“It promises to be a fantastic concert with these outstanding young artists here right on our doorsteps” Greg Ellsmore, the orchestra’s conductor, said. Coffs Orchestra will also entertain the audience with ‘A Concerto for 2 Trumpets’ by the orchestra’s own trumpeters Tim Egan and Rudi Strating as well as some Classical and Modern pieces varying from Tchaikovsky, to Aaron Copland and Leroy Anderson.

TICKETS AT THE DOOR: Adults $10, Concession $5 and children under 12 free admission.

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“LIVE LIFE WITH MUSIC - A WINNING LINE-UP FOR BELLINGEN SENIORS WEEK CONCERT 
Bellingen 2pm Sunday 22 March”
 
Coffs Harbour City Orchestra will again feature in this year’s special concert for Seniors Week to be held Sunday 22 March at 2pm in the Bellingen Memorial Hall, Hyde St, Bellingen.
 
“The orchestra played in Bellingen for last year’s senior week concert and had a great reception, so we’re very pleased to be asked back again,” said Greg Ellsmore, conductor of Coffs City Orchestra.
 
“We know that the audience is not just our senior citizens, but also friends and family of all ages, so we’ve prepared a varied program again, beginning with the theme music from the film Dambusters, to stir the blood and get the Senior’s Week concert off to a rousing start”.
 
Bellingen Seniors Week Committee has again arranged a line-up of talented local singers, dancers and musicians to complement Coffs Orchestra in a show that will have something for everyone, regardless of age.
 
“The Orchestra has always had a backbone of ‘musical retirees’ but has recently attracted a number of new younger players and now covers the spectrum from teenagers to some in their seventies. And we’ve been introducing some great new music to our repertoire!” Greg Ellsmore said.
 
Seniors Week 2009 is again being run under the banner, “Live Life” and in Bellingen they like to make that “Live Life with Music”.
 
All age groups are welcome at the concert, entry is free for everyone and there is afternoon tea during intermission.   So come along, bring family and friends….and treat the seniors you know to a relaxing afternoon’s entertainment in Bellingen.

 

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Coffs Orchestra Auditions for Guest Soloist
 
Thanks to a grant from Coffs Harbour Council, Coffs Harbour City Orchestra is looking for a guest soloist to perform with it at a concert in mid 2009.
 
“We’re on the look out for some local talent”, conductor Greg Ellsmore said. “We’re inviting local musicians to audition and we’ll pay the successful soloist a $500 fee to perform with us. If they live outside Coffs Harbour itself, for example local students studying at a NSW or QLD Conservatorium, then we’ll also contribute to their travel costs” he added.
 
“To audition, they need to play an orchestral instrument and don’t forget that may include the piano. They need to prepare a short excerpt from a piece written for solo instrument and orchestra, such as a movement from a concerto, as well as another work of their own choice,” Greg explained. “We’ll want the successful soloist to perform some solo items at the concert, as well as a work with orchestral backing, so they’ll need to be able to turn up to some rehearsals with the orchestra in the lead up to the performance”.
 
The auditions will take place on Saturday 29 November in Coffs Harbour. If you think you’ve got what it takes, contact Orchestra Secretary Pamela Fayle (ph 6654 7700) to arrange an audition. Current members of the Orchestra are ineligible to apply.
 
In May 2008, the orchestra featured local pianists Sam Huybregts and Adam Herd in a stellar concert and according to Greg, there are likely to be many more untapped talented musicians in the area, “…offering this opportunity to a soloist provides a showcase not only for the orchestra, but gives an aspiring local musician a chance to strut their stuff”.
 

So to all those talented performers out there ….. grab that instrument and start practising – a great opportunity awaits you.

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“MAKING MUSIC – Coffs Kids Orchestral Experience”
Friday 5 September
 
 
Thanks to a Coffs Council grant, a very special lunch-time concert will take place from 12.30 – 1.30pm on Friday 5 September at the Bethel Centre, Elswick Place, Coffs Harbour.
 
“Coffs Harbour City Orchestra in cooperation with Natalie Keft Music Tuition will spend the whole morning in a workshop with over 50 primary school students from the Coffs Coast, culminating in a lunchtime concert”, according to conductor Greg Ellsmore.
 
“The children have been learning their music in their school bands for some months now. In the workshop, Coffs City Orchestra will rehearse with them and provide some education on instruments of the orchestra they may not be so familiar with.”said Mr Ellsmore, “We hope they will thoroughly enjoy making music with us and, of course, we hope to see some of them joining the orchestra in future years”.
 
Local music teacher Natalie Keft has been teaching and coordinating the children who come mostly from Sawtell Public, Tyalla Public, Mary Help of Christians in Sawtell, Urunga Public and St Francis Xavier in Woolgoolga and has had strong cooperation from those schools involved.
 
“Most of the children are real beginners, learning an instrument for the first time, while a few are quite polished musicians. We have budding flautists, clarinetists, trumpet and other brass players, keyboard players and percussionists.” Natalie Keft said.
 
The morning of rehearsing will finish with a public concert timed so that parents, grandparents, teachers and others can take a break from their work day and come and listen to the results.
 
“Coffs City Orchestra plus an additional 50 odd instrumentalists should be a great sound and a terrific early Father’s Day present for all the Dads of our up and coming Coffs musicians.” says Greg Ellsmore, “And most importantly a large number of local kids will have a lot of fun making music”.
 
The concert performance starts at 12.30 and entrance is free, but a small donation would be appreciated if you enjoy the concert.
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"Coffs Orchestra brings Fireworks to Nambucca"
 
On Sunday 3 August at 2pm, Coffs Harbour City Orchestra and friends will perform their winter concert at the Nambucca Entertainment Centre in Ridge Street.
 
“The concert will include a performance of Handel’s Fireworks music which is very exciting music and I’m sure it will warm everyone up”, Conductor Greg Ellsmore said 
 
Coffs Harbour City Orchestra includes instrumentalists from as far north as Corindi and Arrawarra, as far west as Ulong and Bellingen and as far south as Nambucca Heads and Urunga. 
 
Local Nambucca area members of the orchestra include Ruth Egan on viola and Margaret Spark on violin.
 
The Orchestra has also invited several local Nambucca area groups to perform at the winter concert.
 
“Choirs and choral music have had a recent surge in popularity and we have two very different local choirs performing as part of the concert. Ian Becker is bringing along his all-boys choir, ‘The Bellinger Blokes’ and the St John’s Anglican Choir from Nambucca will also be singing”, according to Greg Ellsmore.
 
The concert will include a broad range of orchestral and choral music with the focus on celebratory music, to warm our winter souls.
 
So, come along and enjoy some rousing music. Entrance costs are $10 for adults, $5 concession for pensioners and children under 12 are welcome, free of charge. Afternoon tea will be available after the performance when there will be plenty of opportunity to mingle with the performers.

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“TALENTED LOCAL PIANISTS RETURN FOR A SPECTACULAR HOMETOWN CONCERT WITH COFFS ORCHESTRA” 
Princess Room, Sawtell RSL Club,
2pm Sunday 18 May
 
Two talented local pianists will return home for a special gala concert in the Princess Room at Sawtell RSL Club, 2pm Sunday 18 May. The two young Coffs men, Sam Huybregts and Adam Herd, are both currently studying at the QLD Conservatorium of Music.
 
“Sam Huybregts will perform the spectacular Warsaw concerto with the Orchestra as well as entertaining us with a solo piece. Sam is undertaking further study in Germany later this year, so it’s a great opportunity to hear him perform before he heads overseas,” according to Greg Ellsmore, conductor of Coffs Orchestra.
 
Sam Huybregts was a student of Toormina High School and was Young Sawtellian of the Year in 2003, a young man we can all be proud of.
 
“And then we have a rare opportunity to hear a performance that is a warm up for the prestigious Sydney International Piano Competition. Adam Herd is one of only five Australians through to the finals and we’ll get to hear him play a couple of solos that he’ll perform for the judges later in the year”, Greg Ellsmore said.
 
Adam Herd grew up in Coffs, where his parents still live. He made his concerto debut with the QLD Orchestra and is a winner of numerous competitions including the Keys Australian National Piano competition and the QLD Piano Competition. He will compete against pianists from Europe, China, Japan, Korea and the US in the Sydney International Piano Competition this year.
 
“This is a great chance to hear a world class pianist on stage in Sawtell. He’s knocked out more than 200 top pianists to get to the finals of the Sydney International Piano Competition… a great achievement.” said Greg Ellsmore “This will be a fantastic concert and we hope that local aspiring pianists will come along to hear these two local lads who are making big names for themselves in the world of music.”
 
Coffs Orchestra will also entertain the audience with a number of items from film and musicals. Tickets can be purchased at the door (adults $10; pensioner/student concession $5 and children under 12 free [must be in the company of an adult]).

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 “MUSIC IS AGELESS  -  A SPECIAL SENIORS WEEK CONCERT 

Bellingen 2pm Sunday 6 April”

 

 Coffs Harbour City Orchestra will feature in the first half of a special concert for Seniors Week to be held Sunday 6 April at 2pm in the Bellingen Memorial Hall, Hyde St, Bellingen

“The orchestra will play some of the classics such as Mozart’s Don Giovanni and Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture, but will also include a medley from the musical, ‘West Side Story’,”  said Greg Ellsmore, conductor of Coffs City Orchestra, “so there will be something for everyone regardless of age”. 

  

“We want to help provide an entertaining concert for our senior citizens and their friends to kick off Senior’s Week – a time when we should all take a bit of time to reflect on the contribution our more elderly citizens make, and have made, to our community” he explained.

  

The Orchestra’s performance at the concert is supported by an ArtsNSW grant from Orchestras Australia and is one of a series of concerts in Coffs Harbour, Woolgoolga, Bellingen and Sawtell, targetting different age groups in our community.

 “The Orchestra itself is made up of players ranging from teenagers to those in their seventies, so we’re keen to reach out to all age-groups in our concert performances.  You’re never too young or too old to enjoy listening to music!” Greg Ellsmore said.

During the second half of the concert, the audience will be treated to performances by some local guest artists performing poetry, singing, playing instruments and dancing. The line-up illustrates the wealth of local talent in our area.  

The slogan for Seniors Week is “Live Life” and that will certainly be very evident in Bellingen.

 

All age groups are welcome at the concert, entry is free for everyone and there is afternoon tea during intermission.   So come along, bring  family and friends….and treat the seniors you know to a relaxing afternoon’s entertainment in Bellingen.

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Coffs Orchestra Christmas Concert – a Musical Celebration
 
On Sunday 7 December the Coffs Harbour City Orchestra will be holding its annual Christmas Concert at 3pm at the Salvation Army Hall, Mastracolas Rd (on the hill behind Home Base).
 
“Music is a must at Christmas and we have some great entertainment lined up”, Greg Ellsmore, the orchestra’s conductor said….“There’ll be some Christmas music, including the unusual Sussex Mummers Carol, but the Orchestra’s been rehearsing some other exciting music as well. There’ll be a selection of numbers from films and musicals including the rousing Dambusters theme and music from West-side story and we’ll have a few favourite classics that even the kids will recognise such as the William Tell Overture and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
 
Coffs Harbour is one of the few places between Newcastle and Brisbane that boasts a full-time community orchestra. All of the musicians and the conductor volunteer their time.
 
The Woolgoolga area provides many of the musicians, including saxophonist Tony Morales and trumpeter Dylan Quinlan-Baskett from Woolgoolga; conductor Greg Ellsmore from Sandy Beach; percussionist Lionel Stead from Emerald Beach; trumpeter Rudy Strating and bass clarinetist Mary Brabrook from Safety Beach; and clarinetist Leslie Fitzgerald, violinist Pamela Fayle and violist David Fayle from Mullaway/Arrawarra Headland.
 
“We all have a lot of fun with our music and hope our audiences enjoy the results. Our players range from some very musical elderly retirees to a number of talented young players in their teens. In fact, we’ll be announcing the Orchestra’s Youth Scholarship winner/s at the Christmas Concert.” Greg Ellsmore said. 
 
Throughout this year the Orchestra embarked on a couple of new ventures including a workshop and concert with young primary school musicians from 6 local schools, which included St Frances Xavier in Woolgoolga.
 
The Christmas Concert at the Salvation Army Hall, however, is becoming a bit of a tradition and it is great value as an afternoon’s entertainment for the whole family. As well as the great music, there are home-baked Christmas goodies to go with a cuppa at the end of the concert.
 
Entrance cost is $7 for adults, $5 pensioner concession and children are free.………..so mark this one in your diary and make sure you are there “with bells on” and seated by 3pm.

 

 

 

 

 
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