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Pearl Beach concerts celebrate Central Coast Conservatorium rising stars

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Pearl Beach Progress Association will present its annual Junior Showcase and Scholarship Concerts, featuring 16 students from the Central Coast Conservatorium, on Saturday, May 25 2024 plus a special performance from teenage rising star violinist Kaito Deed. 

Since 2005 Central Coast Con has sent its best senior students to compete in the Irvine Family Piano and Pearl Beach Senior Music Scholarships. The concerts are an excellent opportunity for students to perform for the community and deliver breathtaking performances.

This year the Junior Showcase and Scholarship concerts will be held on one day at the Pearl Beach Memorial Hall, with the community invited to enjoy the aspiring young musicians.

“We are delighted to be partnering once again with the Pearl Beach Progress Association, the Irvine Family and members of the Pearl Beach community to deliver what will be two very special concerts in the beautiful Pearl Beach Memorial Hall,” said Central Coast Conservatorium of Music Artistic Director, Patrick Brennan.

“The Pearl Beach Scholarships Concert and Junior Showcase is a highlight of the Conservatorium’s event calendar and is a wonderful opportunity for our students to showcase their talents, and for the community to enjoy an uplifting musical experience and to see the high level of musicianship on display.” 

At 11am the Pearl Beach Junior Showcase concert will celebrate 11 years and students will perform on solo instruments including guitar, flute, violin, saxophone and piano. There will also be performances by this year’s joint 2024 Irvine Family Piano Scholarship recipients, Caleb Saturno and Emily Robertson.

In the afternoon, eight Central Coast Conservatorium of Music students will vie for the Pearl Beach Scholarship prizes. These include the Pearly’s Music Scholarship Award ($1,000), Russell Grove People’s Choice Award, in memory of Frances Grove ($500), Meryl Duke Rising Star Award, in memory of Peter Duke ($500) and the Pearl Beach Community Achievement Award ($500). 

The senior students competing are: Claire Berecy-Brown (violin), Xavier Cardozo (bassoon), Mia Cross (vocal), Emma Deed (flute),  Jerome Drobot (guitar), Minjy Lee (violin), Anya Sandeman (trombone) and Elana Sydenham (flute).

The junior students taking part in the showcase are: Jensen Hornsby (guitar), Emily Lalor (guitar), Alexander Law (flute), Jo Jo Sandeman (violin), Yaalini Selvarajan (flute), Monika Sydnenham (saxophone) and Mathias Way (piano).

During adjudication and voting at the conclusion of the day there will be a special performance by a 2023 Pearl Beach Scholarship winner, violinist Kaito Deed. For a donation, audience members can enjoy drinks and nibbles while adjudication and voting takes place.

Tickets are $20 (valid for one or both concerts).

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