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The stage was set for a fantastic weekend of live music when the Central Coast Conservatorium’s refurbished Robert Knox Hall was officially reopened with two concerts in the first weekend of April.

On Saturday 1 April, 18 Conservatorium one-to-one instrumental students, aged 5 to 17, performed for family and friends in our first Student Concert Series of the year in the hall, accompanied by associate artists Lilli Naulu and Liisa Mannukka on our stunning Shiguru Kawai grand piano.

The audience – watching from the auditorium’s new fixed tiered seats – was treated to solo pieces on piano, flute, saxophone, clarinet and bassoon as well as a moving flute duet performed by Central Coast Youth Orchestra members Elana Sydenham and Emma Deed.

PHOTO GALLERY: Check out all the photos from the Student Concert Series HERE

On Sunday 2 April, the Conservatorium held the first ticketed public concert in the Robert Knox Hall. The Charmian & Friends fundraising event featured pianist Philliip Shovk and cellist Georg Pedersen who performed three cello sonatas by Beethoven, Chopin and Brahms.

Guests – who included Member for Gosford Liesl Tesch – were also treated to light refreshments in the Con’s historic courtyard in the interval.

Central Coast Conservatorium of Music President, Claire Braund, also launched the Con’s new Take a Seat fundraising campaign at the event – offering members of the community the opportunity to have their name  on a plaque on one of the new 72 permanent seats in the hall.

PHOTO GALLERY: See all the photos from the Charmian & Friends concert on 2 April HERE