Weekend of music at Pearl Beach
Students from the Central Coast Conservatorium will perform a weekend of music at Pearl Beach on May 27 and 28.
Pearl Beach child psychologist Dr John Irvine, whose family sponsors the Irvine Piano Scholarship and supports young students, said: "Music is not only good for the soul and important for relaxation in the racy world kids live in, but recent research is showing the importance in cognitive development and memory skills."
Conservatorium chief Mr Patrick Brennan said the showcase concert embraced the concept of "pure performance" rather than "competitive performance" and allowed younger musicians to perform with focus, passion and conviction.
"We are delighted that accomplished pianist Lilli Naulu is returning as accompanist for both concerts.
"Lilli is an accomplished performer, with extensive experience as a pianist, accompanist and repetiteur," Mr Brennan said.
The Pearl Beach Music Scholarship and Irvine Family Piano Scholarship Concert will be held from 2pm on May 28 in search of the Central Coast's best young music students.
Over the years, the scholarship concerts have offered performance opportunity to students who have excelled in their chosen field.
"This prestigious event is an excellent opportunity for Conservatorium students to perform for their local community and deliver truly breath taking performances," Mr Brennan said.
"The Central Coast Conservatorium is most grateful for the financial award that is given by the Pearl Beach Progress Association and the Irvine Family to the winners of this important event.
"The prize money will help them further their musical studies," he added.
Pearl Beach Progress Association publicity officer Ms Lynne Lillico said: "As a recent initiative, the Peoples' Choice award allows the audience to vote for their favourite performer.
"The award is valued at $250, jointly sponsored by the Irvine Family and the Pearl Beach Progress Association.
"The Irvine Family and the Association are proud to be able to support these incredible young students who demonstrate such energy and commitment to their music," Ms Lynne Lillico said.
Media release, 9 May 2017
Lynne Lillico, Pearl Beach Progress Association