Welcome to the Central Coast Philharmonia
Philip Rees OAM
Philip Rees fell in love with choral music as an eight year old when his parents were given a complete recording of Messiah. His work as a professional musician and teacher has encompassed a large range of styles and ensembles. Philip conducted his first concert with the Central Coast Philharmonia in 1984 as a new arrival to the area with his young family. He has been with the choir since then as a singer, accompanist, orchestral player, assistant conductor and as the musical director.
In this time he has conducted landmark performances including the Requiem by Peter Sculthorpe and Sir Karl Jenkins’ Armed Man and also several Australian premiere performances of works by John Rutter (Feel The Spirit), Alexander L’Estrange (Zimbe! and Ahoy), Karl Jenkins (Joy To The World). In this time the choir has also performed many new works in different styles, as well as performing the standard repertoire. Philip is committed to music education and performance and in 2010 he was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia OAM for services to music.