REGIONAL PERFORMING ARTS PRECINCT (RPAP) – CURRENT STATUS 22/6/16

FOPAP’s major focus continues to be one of Advocacy for a quality, purpose constructed building with appropriate performance spaces and state of the art quality acoustics. The choice of site remains with the new Central Coast Council.

 

We are grateful that the three tiers of Government have been so financially supportive to the RPAP and Central Coast Conservatorium.
The following monies have been committed.
– Gosford City Council $10m
– Federal Liberal Government $10m
– State Liberal Government $10m to RPAP and $2m to Central Coast Conservatorium (this commitment, at present appears to be tied to the Rotary (Poppy) Park site).
– Federal Labor Opposition $20m (as a 2016 Election promise).

The FOPAP Committee has been involved in a continuing dialogue with many people including:-

Lucy Wicks MHRLiberal Member for Robertson

Anne CharltonLabor Candidate for Robertson

Hillary MorrisGreens Candidate for Robertson

Adam CrouchState Member for Terrigal

Gosford, Erina and Coastal Chamber of Commerce (Ali Vidler, Rob Kitchen and Len Sargant OAM (representing Gosford RSL).

Ms Judy JaegerCustomer and Community Relationships Group Leader, Central Coast Council.

Malcolm Brooks OAM – Former Mayor of Gosford City Council and previous Gosford State MP.

The Hon. Mark DreyfusShadow Labor Minister for the Arts

We have also sought a meeting with Ian Reynolds, recently appointed Administrator of Central Coast Council.

Thank you for your continuing loyal support over so many years.

Sincerely,

Mark Thomas (President of FOPAP)

Crossroads Festival of Chamber Music 2016

CONCERT 1: BEST OF BAROQUE
Sat August 20 @ 11.00am – Greenway Memorial Chapel, 460 Avoca Dv, Green Pt
A beautiful Baroque program of Bach and Purcell with Angela Brewer (Soprano), Erin Helyard (Harpsichord) & Karina Hollands (Violin).

CONCERT 2: CELEBRATING YOUTH & MUSIC

Sat August 20 @ 2.00pm – Brentwood Village
1 Scaysbrook Ave, Kincumber
Some of Australia’s most exciting and promising young musicians in solo and chamber music repertoire.

CONCERT 3: THE BEST OF BRAHMS
Sat August 20 @ 7.00pm – Greenway Chapel
Featuring Brahms’ great B flat Sextet with Jun Yi Ma & Tony Gault (Violins), Tobias Brieder & Elisabeth Woolnough (Violas), and Hyung Suk Bae and Chris Pidcock (Celli). Angela Brewer, Peter Jenkin and Phillip Shovk (Piano) will then present “The Shepherd on the Rock” by Schubert. After the interval enjoy the Brahms Horn Trio with Robert Johnson (French Horn) joining Charmian Gadd (Violin) and Phillip Shovk (Piano) for this extraordinary masterpiece.

CONCERT 4: THE BEST OF MOZART
Sun 21st August @ 11.00am – Greenway Chapel
A two viola quintet and a clarinet quintet, plus some surprises to be announced!

CONCERT 5: THE BEST OF HAYDN

Sunday 21st August @ 2.30pm – Greenway Chapel
The Festival will conclude with this concert featuring Concertante Ensemble with Erin Helyard and Karina Hollands followed by Chris Pidcock and Robert Johnson performing two wonderful Haydn concerti.

Where

GREENWAY MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 460 Avoca Drive, Green Point & BRENTWOOD VILLAGE, 1 Scaysbrook Ave, Kincumber

When

Saturday, 20-Aug-2016
Concert 1: Sat August 20 @ 11.00am
Concert 2: Sat August 20 @ 2.00pm
Concert 3: Sat August 20 @ 7.00pm
Concert 4: Sun August 21 @ 11.00am
Concert 5: Sunday 21st August @ 2.30pm

Tickets

Full Subscription (all 4 Greenway concerts) $120 with Sunday Lunch OR
$105 without Sunday Lunch
Per Concert at Greenway: $35 Adults; $15 Children
Brentwood Concert (#2 sat 20/8 at 2pm) all tickets $15

Bookings

4324 7477 – on sale now

 

CONCERT HALL/ THEATRE – ARE THEY THE SAME?

I was pleased to read an article from Bob Brooks in a recent CC Express Advocate. It gives me an opportunity to clarify a misunderstanding which prevails in the community in regard to the purpose of constructing a Concert Hall within the proposed Regional Performing Arts Precinct in Gosford.

Mention was made in the article of the two major theatres on the Central Coast, Laycock Street Community Theatre and the new Wyong Art House. Both are very valuable live theatre venues however they are designed for theatrical performances rather than concerts.

Architectural and Technological requirements for theatre productions and concert performances are very different. A theatre with its stage, fly tower and wings is ideal for theatre productions however, for concert performances held in a theatre, the acoustic quality is significantly compromised for orchestras, bands, soloist and choirs etc. Attempts to overcome these acoustic challenges in a theatre are rarely successful for either the musicians or the audience.

A Concert Hall has minimal acoustic limitations between artists and their audience and hence is the kind of venue which will maximize the enjoyment for musicians, artists and audiences.

We cannot expect to attract world class concert performers to the Central Coast if we are unable to provide an appropriate, first rate, state of the art Concert Hall.

Business planning would suggest that these three premier performance venues (Laycock St. Theatre, The Wyong Art House and the RPAP Concert Hall) all of which have their specific strengths and performance genres will live in complimentary harmony with well patronised audiences, for the benefit of the whole Central Coast Community.

Mark Thomas

For further reading on this subject CLICK HERE

About FOPAP

The Friends of the Performing Arts Precinct Incorporated are based on the NSW Central Coast Region of Australia and represent all forms of performing arts. The Vision of the Friends includes:
  • an acoustic Concert Hall to seat 600 plus
  • a new Conservatorium of Music
  • a regional Auditorium
  • performance spaces for dance, drama, bands, singers
  • a cultural display centre for Indigenous people
  • cafes, public spaces

FOPAP Postal address:
PO Box 4414,
EAST GOSFORD 2250
PRESIDENT: Mark Thomas,
Phone: 0417438148
SECRETARY: Margaret Epps,
Phone: 43811731
Email address: Email FOPAP

MEMBERSHIP UPDATE

FOPAP’s membership year runs July to June. IF YOU ARE UNSURE IF YOUR MEMBERSHIP IS CURRENT, SIMPLY SEND US AN EMAIL.
  • The annual fee is $20.
  • These are exciting times for FOPAP. Be part of the action, and encourage others to join us to make the Gosford Performing Arts Precinct a great place to be used and enjoyed by all.

Payment options:
  • Cheque to FOPAP, at postal address above
  • Direct deposit – use membership form details on our website