President's Welcome to the Central Coast Philharmonia

We are a community choir that strives for excellence. We have been going for 60 years (this year, in fact!) 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 Patrick Brennan. Patrick is a brilliant musician and is currently Artistic Director of the Central Coast Conservatorium.


Our repertoire ranges from classical (Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Vivaldi) to popular (folk, pop, spirituals, Broadway) to current composers at the forefront of 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. Each term ends with a major concert. We also perform concerts for our sponsor, Evergreen Life Care. Philharmonia singers often have the opportunity to sing in other settings.

Committee Members

President: Libby Checkley
Vice president: Dawn Torrens
Secretary: Johnshu Myers
Treasurer: Quentin Reynolds
Librarian: Paul Degeling

General members: Anne Haslam, Duncan Waight, Ashley J-S, Jenny Dixon, Karen Tucker.

Musical Director: Patrick Brennan

Mailing Secretary: Lilliane Drieberg




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 our Secretary by text or email.

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.


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

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


Fees for 2024 are $350 annually, and $640 for couples. Payment should be made within the first month of the year to our Treasurer, Quentin. Fees can be paid by cash, cheque or direct deposit:  (See the Treasurer for details)


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.

Libby Checkley
President, Central Coast Philharmonia
Mobile: 0403 962 890