There were plenty of celebrations at Central Coast Conservatorium’s Supporters Concert featuring the Allen Family Scholarships Finals on Sunday 12 November with three students taking home top prizes as the Con marked its 40th Birthday.
Supporters, family members, friends and staff of the Conservatorium attended the concert at Robert Knox Hall in Gosford – a highlight of the Con’s event calendar – to see five top students vie for the Allen Family Scholarship prize.
Also performing were a selection of 2024 Central Coast Conservatorium Junior Instrumental Scholarship recipients and last year’s Allen Family Finals winner, violinist Kaito Deed.
Flautist Elana Sydenham was awarded 1st Place of $3000, with Jerome Drobot winning 2nd Place ($2000) and singer Mia Cross taking home the 3rd prize of $1000. The other Allen Family Scholarship finalists were Xavier Cardozo (bassoon) and Emma Deed (flute).
Adjudicators Lyn and Patrick Brislan praised the exceptionally high standards of all five finalists and commended the three place-getters on their outstanding performances.
Central Coast Conservatorium supporter and founder of the annual competition, Ray Allen, attended the concert, which has helped scores of talented musicians since the contest’s inception. “The support of the Allen Family over these 10 years has been invaluable in nurturing and supporting emerging artists here at the Con,” said CCCM Artistic Director Patrick Brennan.
After the concert, performers, staff and audience members were invited to celebrate the Con’s 40th Anniversary in the courtyard, with 40th birthday cupcakes and refreshments.