Kiama Jamberoo Community Music Association

Coming up Musically

Friday 8th March to Sunday 10th March Kiama Jazz & Blues Festival 3 huge days of music, entertainment and fun set in streets, cafes, bars, parks and churches throughout Kiama.

Full details at

Saturday 9th March 11:30am – 2:00pm 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. Last year the Association contributed proceeds from the Autumn event to the Red Cross calling campaign. This year there is a $10 entry fee for the event (includes coffee & food) which will contribute to the restoration of the oldest building still standing in Kiama. The 1851 Lecture Hall has suffered the ravages of its location near the salt of the sea and is being restored to provide a beautiful, historic space for community activities.

Sunday 10th March 5pm 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

Friday 15th March 10:30am Music & Lunch concert at St Judes Anglican Bowral. Highlands Sinfonia with soloists Judith Griffiths (soprano) and Chris Griffiths (French horn). The Sinfonia are particularly excited to be joined by Chris Griffiths who is here for a limited time from the UK. He will be performing Richard Strauss’s Opus 11. For over 20 years Chris was a member of the Royal Northern Sinfonia in the UK. He is a double amputee resulting from Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and the proceeds from the concert will be directed to the CMT Association Australia. $20 concert only / $27 concert & lunch.

More info at 

Saturday 16th March 10am -11am KJ String Orchestra presents a free performance at Kiama Uniting Church hall. Dal Oldham has put together an exciting program of Classical works. His approach to music is inclusive, encouraging and educational. Some junior friends of the orchestra will join the program and the music association is privileged to support them with this performance opportunity. The string orchestra welcomes new members so if you’ve been wondering whether you should join, this is your chance to meet them.

Saturday 16th March 11am-2pm The Jamberoo Session  at Jamberoo Chapel Soundspace 11 Wyalla Rd Jamberoo (UC Hall) these folk sessions are held on the third Saturday of the month.  The theme of this month’s session is ‘The Tunes of Bill ‘Monty’ Montgomery’. Monty, a local musician, has composed tunes that have got many feet moving on dance floors at bush dances all over the place. His tunes are very often played at session bars at festivals and wherever groups of Folkies meet. These sessions are participatory and sheet music will be provided.

Any queries email Wayne at

Sunday 17th March 2pm Sydney University Graduate Choir at Nowra School of Arts repertoire ranging from the grand works of established masters to the music of contemporary  composers

Sunday 24th March 2pm Steel City Strings’ first concert of the year Celebration of Youth. at Kiama Pavilion. This is the first concert of the 2019 series and the Steel City Strings will be joined by the Bluescope Youth Orchestra from the Wollongong Conservatorium of Music to form a 40 piece ensemble in a lively and exciting program. There will be a piece composed specially for this event by Adrian Whitehall who composed Absence of Light and has also had work commissioned and performed by the Australian Chamber Orchestra. The program features many other exciting musical items and soloists. The concert will also be held at Wollongong Town Hall 30th March and Chevalier Performing Arts Centre, Bowral 31st March.

Full program details & tickets at

Friday 29th March – Sunday 31st March Bowral Autumn Music Festival presents a musical feast featuring over 400 years of classical music performed by Australia’s most esteemed musicians. Held in the unique ambience of historic St Jude’s Anglican Church in Bowral, this festival is now generally regarded as a highlight of the Southern Highlands musical calendar.

Information 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 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 usually rehearses Thursdays fortnightly at 6:30pm. The theme this term is French Classical & Popular in preparation for the Autumn social musical event on Saturday March 9th 11:30am – 2:00pm. 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  (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 6th March 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 March 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 8th March. 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

For sale – much loved upright Beale piano (upgrading to grand).  Good condition.  Great tone.  Makes a big sound – great for Beethoven!  $500 ono.  Gerringong.  Contact Michele 0400 525 890

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.

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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