Kiama Jamberoo Community Music Association

Coming up Musically

Friday 15th February 7pm Australian Haydn Ensemble brings its first program for the 2019 season to Berry Uniting Church hall. Entitled ‘Haydn’s Nature” the string quartet program celebrates Haydn’s love of the natural world. The Lark and Sunrise quartets bookend the program, in between will be selections from two of Haydn’s famous oratorios The Seasons and The Creation. Tickets available at

Saturday 16th February 11am – 2pm KJ Music Association Folk Group presents the first of a monthly series of Saturday Sessions (3rd Sat of month). Held at Jamberoo Chapel Soundspace Hall, the first session is ‘Contemporary Australian Composers (Folk Music)’ Sheet music including chords will be available and all are welcome to take part to the limit of their ability. Wayne, who leads our folk program, says “while some tunes composed by talented contemporary Australian folk musicians are well known, others are seldom heard. The low key nature of the folk music scene is one reason for the tunes not being played more widely. You will be surprised by the beauty of some of these tunes and the musicianship behind all of the compositions.” Bring a packed lunch, your instrument and $2 donation to help with costs. If you want to find out more you can email Wayne at  

Sunday 17th February 2pm Gerringong Music Club presents pianist Penelope Thwaites. A celebrated international pianist, Penelope gives fascinating insights into the lives of Bach, Beethoven, Grainger and Chopin as she plays their music. More info at

Saturday 9th March 11:30am – 2:30pm Kiama Jamberoo Community Music Assoc Autumn Music/Social event. The Association’s mixed ensemble Wood & Wind will perform followed by a variety of talented local musicians in this pop-up style Cafe de La Musique to be held in the centre at Kiama Uniting Church on Manning Street. Expect to see a range of instruments and some talented singers all culminating in the headline act, She Makes Pop. This 6 piece band from the Illawarra brings an exciting upbeat collection of all original music featuring combinations of vocals, guitars, bass, keyboard and trumpet. There are a couple places left on the musical blackboard for anyone wanting to be involved with a 20-30 minute set – email for more info.

Sunday 10th March 4pm Jamberoo Uniting Church 2nd Sunday of Month Service “The Music of What Happens” featuring song, instrumental and spoken reflections. For info or to be involved contact Marion at

Kiama Jamberoo Fortnightly Community Music Activities

Rehearsals take place at Jamberoo Chapel Soundspace at Uniting Church hall, 11 Wyalla Road, Jamberoo for the following group. A reminder that 2019 membership for participation is $25 and due now. The fee entitles musicians to participate in any or all the musical groups. There is no need to complete a membership form if you did so last year just deposit your $25 to the account clearly marked with your name. New members can request a form at any of the rehearsal sessions or by email.  Bank details are:

Kiama Jamberoo Community Music Association BSB 641-800 Account Number 200807176

KJ String Orchestra  Rehearses Thursdays fortnightly 6:30 – 8pm. Music from the Classical Period is the specialty of this group. This term some of the pieces we are rehearsing are Elgar’s Chanson de Matin, A duo for two solo strings and string orchestra by Johann Michel, more movements from Grieg’s Holberg Suite and an exhilarating arrangement of Brahms’ Hungarian Dance. The remaining rehearsal dates for this group are; Thurs 21st Feb, Thurs 7 Mar,Thurs 21 Mar, Thurs 4 Apr. The group will hold a performance on Saturday 16th March at 10am. As always, they will provide the opportunity to a range of musical students to join the program and get some live performance experience in front of an encouraging audience. 

Wood & Wind – Combined Chamber Group (Strings/Wind)  This group rehearses Thursdays fortnightly at 6:30pm, next being 14th February. The theme this term is French Classical & Popular in preparation for the Autumn social musical event on Saturday March 9th 11:30am – 2:30pm. The Wood & Wind group will start off the program followed by a variety of local musicians.Pamela Harris runs this group with Anne Wisdom conducting. It is an eclectic combination of strings, flutes, guitars, mandolins and occasional drum. New players welcome and this group aims to play accessible arrangements. Remaining rehearsal / Performance dates this term are Thurs 14th Feb, Thurs 28th Feb, (special) Fri 8th Mar 6:30pm, (performance) Sat 9th Mar 2pm, Thurs 14th Mar, Thurs 28th Mar, Thurs 11 Apr. After the 8th March performance we’ll start working on a Renaissance program in preparation for the Winter social.

Folk Music Session for playing folk tunes or songs from Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, America or from anywhere that you find a tune or a song appealing to play or sing. Wayne Millar leads both this Folk and the Bluegrass group. Next rehearsal is Wednesday 20th February 6:30-8:30pm.  

Bluegrass and Old Time Session accommodates musicians that are looking for a bluegrass session where the tunes are played at a slow pace- open to all levels including beginners. For the more experienced there is a chance to play at a faster pace after the tunes have been played slowly. Next rehearsal is Wednesday 13th February 6:30-8:30pm. If you want to find out more you can email Wayne at  

Chapel Consort has recommenced and rehearses fortnightly on Friday evenings at Griff Music Studio in Shoalhaven Heads. Next date is Friday 22nd February. The group will be working on a program to perform around Easter with the theme of Joy. Singers and instrumentalists who are interested in classical, sacred and early music are welcomed. Please contact Heather directly on 4448 7590 / 0413 365 798 or for information.

Notices & Opportunities 

Volunteer – KJ Music Association is looking for someone who would like to get involved to do a little admin approx 1 hour per fortnight full training provided by patient & friendly people. All you need is computer skills and an interest in music (any kind – we don’t judge!). If you would like to try this out please email Anna at

Women Singers of all ages invited to join Katandra. Antoinette Raynal and her songbirds have gathered for the new singing term and welcome new members. If you would like to be involved in a refreshing and energetic format where women have fun, develop new skills, sing out and become friends then its time to join! Groups run in Kiama Tuesday evenings and Berry Thursday evenings. Exciting news for School & University age singers – Katandra has offered to support young women’s participation by providing a number of places for the heavily discounted fee of $50 per 10 week term with a second sibling free. For more information email or check out Facebook Katandra Women’s A Cappella choir.

Calling all Violists –  Cafe Viola is coming to this area for the first time. On Saturday 2nd March 11am – 3pm, Em and Heather Powrie are hosting the event at their music studio at Shoalhaven Heads. Cost is $20 but free to current Australia & New Zealand viola society members (and those who join on the day).  Coffee, tea & soft drink available but please bring a plate to share for lunch. Enquiries and expressions of interest to Heather-of-the-Heads please ASAP on / 0413 365 798.

St Albans String workshop April 5 – April 7, 2019 weekend workshop for enthusiastic amateur string players . Early bird price available until 1st February. Described as a weekend of camaraderie and music in the beautiful Macdonald Valley just 1 hour 40 minutes north of Sydney by car. String players level 3 and above invited to participate, repertoire will include works from early classical to romantic and modern music. Contact us for a flyer or get info at 

Bathurst String Orchestra Workshop September 27 – September 29, 2019 early bird registrations offer a 20% discount but close 1st March 2019. An opportunity to indulge intensively in the wondrous world of string playing within a friendly and social atmosphere. Adult & older teenagers of all standards are invited to experience string orchestra & small group rehearsals, tutorials, yoga for musicians and a range of other musically interesting things. For a brochure email

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