CONCERT HALL/THEATRE – ARE THEY THE SAME?
I was pleased to read an article from Bob Brooks in the CC Express Advocate (Wednesday 29/3/16). 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.
President of FOPAP (Friends of the Performing Arts Precinct)
- 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 MHR – Liberal Member for Robertson
Anne Charlton – Labor Candidate for Robertson
Hillary Morris – Greens Candidate for Robertson
Adam Crouch – State Member for Terrigal
Gosford, Erina and Coastal Chamber of Commerce (Ali Vidler, Rob Kitchen and Len Sargant OAM (representing Gosford RSL).
Ms Judy Jaeger – Customer 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 Dreyfus – Shadow 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.
Mark Thomas (President of FOPAP)
- 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
- 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.
- Cheque to FOPAP, at postal address above
- Direct deposit – use membership form details on our website