President's Welcome to the Central Coast Philharmonia

We are a community choir that strives for excellence. We have been going for 54 years and over those years members have had at least one thing in common-we love to sing together.

Musical Director

We are fortunate to have an incredibly talented Musical Director in Philip Rees OAM. He will take you on an amazing musical journey through familiar and unfamiliar territory.


Our repertoire ranges from classical (Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn,Vivaldi) to popular (folk, pop, spirituals, Broadway) to current composers at the forefront contemporary choral music (Whitacre, Leek)


Singing with others is an exceptionally pleasurable and healthy activity but singing at a concert in front of 100-250 paying customers brings the added benefit of adrenalin. The Philharmonia is quite unique in the amount and variety of performance opportunities it provides for its singers. Each term ends with a major concert: Autumn, Winter and Spring. In addition to these, we have the Gala Concert, usually (but not this year) in Term 2. Also, we perform 4 concerts for our sponsor, Evergreen Life Care. Philharmonia singers often have the opportunity to sing in other settings: ANZAC Services, Collaborations with Central Coast Opera, Christmas concerts and Charity concerts.

Committee Members

President: Duncan Waight
Vice president: Trevor Moore
Librarian: Paul Degeling
Treasurer: Quentin Reynolds
Secretaries: Maria Collins & Lilliane Drieberg
Pastoral Care: Monica Bray
General: Lyn Dwyer & Dawn Torrens

We also have Lil Bennetts as stage manager.


Rehearsals are held on Monday nights 7.30 - 9.30 at Evergreen Life Care Auditorium, Yallambee Ave, West Gosford. Usually, we have a 5 minute break at about 8.30pm. Singers are encouraged to wear a name badge.

If you are unable to attend a rehearsal, please advise your section leader (text or email is OK).

Currently section leaders are:

  • Karen Brand - Sopranos
  • Monica Bray - Altos
  • Trevor Moore - Tenors and Basses

Sheet Music

You will be provided with sheet music (vocal scores) at the beginning of each term. This music has been purchased or borrowed by the Philharmonia for you to use. In most cases, it must be returned to the Librarian (Paul) after the concert. You are allowed (indeed, encouraged) to notate your scores using a soft pencil (2B or 4B) only.

Do NOT use pens or highlighters unless given the OK to do so. Before handing back music, erase all pencil markings.

Midi Files

Midi files are sound files that are usually provided for you to do individual practice at home. Usually, they are very time-consuming for Paul Degeling and Ian Wood to produce, but they are an incredibly valuable learning tool. They are usually emailed to singers by one of our secretaries (Maria or Lilliane).


Most of the important information is provided to singers via email. Make sure Lilliane has your current correct email address. Alternatively, you can message Duncan via our active Facebook page or phone him on the number below.

Duncan is our webpage ( administrator and Facebook administrator. 'Like' our Facebook page and follow what we're up to.


Fees are $75 per term. There are 3 terms each year. Roughly they are as follows:

  • Term 1  February-April (Autumn concert)
  • Term 2  May-August (Gala & Winter concerts)
  • Term 3  September-December (Spring [& sometimes Christmas] concerts)

Payment should be made within the first month of each term to our Treasurer, Quentin. If you prefer to pay annually, you can pay the discounted fee of $205. Fees can be paid by cash, cheque or direct deposit: BSB 062544 A/C 10267517  (Put your name as a reference)


Evergreen Life Care





We enjoy the generous support of Evergreen Life Care. Evergreen provide sponsorship in the form of a cash donation to the Philharmonia as well as the use of their excellent auditorium for rehearsals and workshops. We are proud to be associated with this wonderful organisation.




The Philharmonia has a long-standing and highly-valued relationship with the Central Coast Conservatorium. Many of the musicians and soloists we engage are staff members or have been trained at the Conservatorium. The Conservatorium can provide high quality training for anyone (of any age) seeking to improve their singing ability.

Duncan Waight
President, Central Coast Philharmonia
Mobile: 0459522461