Thank you to all those who took the time to sign the appeal to support the creation of a Music Association website. We’re thrilled to be able to announce that last week local member Gareth Ward presented the Kiama Jamberoo Community Music Association with funds towards the establishment of a website.

We are very grateful to Gareth Ward for supporting our submission to NSW State Government for discretionary funding. Our organisation aims to make community music available to all members of our community as participants and audience at a minimal cost. We rely on volunteers to run the Association and this financial contribution will make it possible for us to communicate more effectively and provide even more support to developing music as part of Kiama’s culture of community and well-being.

Coming up Musically

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

Saturday 6th April 7pm Shoalhaven Youth Orchestra presents A Night at the Cinema at Nowra School of Arts. Featuring music from Gladiator, Harry Potter, Star Wars and many more. This concert is one to be enjoyed by the whole family with concession prices for children, popcorn and drinks available too.

Saturday 13th April 11am-2:30pm  KJ Music Association’s Jamberoo Folk Session  at Jamberoo Chapel Soundspace 11 Wyalla Rd Jamberoo (UC Hall) – monthly session usually 3rd Saturday but given that many of our folkies head to Canberra for the National Folk Festival over Easter, we’re running the Jamberoo session a little earlier.  The theme of this month’s session is ‘Contemporary Australian Folk Composers’. These sessions are participatory and sheet music will be provided. Any queries email Wayne at

Saturday 13th April  All day event LP Entertainment and Jamberoo Action Park present “Take Action Farmers Aid Concert”  -This concert will raise funds to donate to the Rural Aid Appeal. Tickets include the concert as well as access to all the rides and features of the park on that day. More info at–jamberoo-action-park-155269?d=2019-04-13

Friday 3rd – Saturday 4th May Gerringong Surf & Music Festival –  the festival features live bands, world-class surfing, food and fun in the picturesque surroundings of coastal 


Sunday 19th May 2pm Bush Gothic comes to Jamberoo Chapel Soundspace, hosted by KJ Community Music Association This post-colonial bush trio will be touring nationally with the release of their new album Beyond the Pale. The band is described as defiantly modern and achingly old – coming from Melbourne they perform songs of criminal women and desperate men from an era of transportation, adventure and gold. Tickets are available from this Monday at   and you can go to the band’s website for some fascinating reading about Bush Gothic.  

Kiama Jamberoo Community Music Association Fortnightly Music Activities

Rehearsals take place at Jamberoo Chapel Soundspace at Uniting Church hall, 11 Wyalla Road, Jamberoo for the following groups. 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. 

KJ String Orchestra  Rehearses Thursdays fortnightly 6:30 – 8pm with the next rehearsal on Thursday 4th April.  Following last weekend’s concert at Kiama Anglican Hall and our guest appearance performing at the Gerringong Music Club’s AGM, Conductor Dal Oldham has introduced a fresh and exciting new set of music to work on. Derived from great composers of the Austro-Hungarian tradition, the program includes Viennese Waltz, Bohemian Dance and more. Fritz Kreisler, Johann Strauss, Franz Liszt and Antonin Dvorak are amongst the featured composers. String players are welcome to join – no auditions but if you are unsure then feel free to email us to discuss (the music requires a minimum of about Grade 5 ability but we welcome more experienced players too) The next performance date is Thursday 31st October 2019.

Wood & Wind – Combined Chamber Group (Strings/Wind)  This group rehearses Thursdays fortnightly at 6:30pm with the next rehearsal on Thursday 28th March. This term we have started working on a Renaissance program in preparation for the Winter social on Sunday 25th August 2019.The group features an eclectic combination of strings, flutes, guitars, mandolin and more. New players welcomed. The French Style cafe performances on Saturday 9th March were very well received. Special thanks goes to Pam Harris, Anne Wisdom and Marg Sherringham for their work in preparing & conducting the music. We were also grateful to the many others who helped make the day a success; volunteers, cooks and guest musicians She Makes Pop, Kate Armstrong and Max Fletcher. Thank you all!

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 3rd April 6:30-8:30pm.  We also run a monthly Saturday Jamberoo Folk Session from 11 – 2:30pm featuring guest artists / local folk musicians in a jam session style workshop that is both social and a chance to mine musical jewels of the folk tradition. Next Jamberoo Session is Saturday 13th April.

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 27th 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 22nd March at 6pm. The group will be working on a program to perform around Easter for the Tenebrae service of the shadows at Jamberoo UC 18th April and Sunday 28th at Kiama UC with the theme of Joy. Pachelbel Canon with hand bells, Jesu Joy, The Legend and other favourites are on the program. This week the group has the privilege of welcoming Chris Griffiths, French Horn virtuoso from England who is currently visiting the Shoalhaven. 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

Young Kiama Musicians aged 12 – 24 are encouraged to apply to participate in SENTRAL Fest .The Youth Week Celebration takes place on Friday 12th April 4 – 7pm. There will be an open mic, giveaways and lots of other excitement for young people to get involved in. If you want your act to be on the open mic contact council at

Creative Kids Vouchers are currently available at These $100 vouchers can be used towards music lessons from a registered provider and are a terrific way to give children an introduction to learning a musical instrument. Christine from Epics Music is a local registered provider. In addition to her work with piano, composition and music therapy, she runs Music 101 classes for parents of budding musicians and has associates who can teach a range of other instruments. More info at Epics Music website 

Jamberoo weekly Singing Group is starting up next term Monday 29th April 6pm – 7pm at Jamberoo Chapel Soundspace, 11 Wyalla Rd. This independent group will be run by Kate Armstrong, talented singer songwriter who is also experienced in teaching yoga and vocal toning. Kate plans to use gentle yoga and posture work and vocal warmups with a view to incorporating rhythm, harmony and group singing to develop wellbeing. Music will include simple melodies, spiritual songs and other beautiful musical material. Sessions will be $15 but first session is free and concession rates are available. Expressions of interest are welcomed and Kate can be contacted by email at or phone at 024 625 132.

Wollongong Culture Bank has a funding round opening 1st April 2019 through to 30th April. Grants fund cultural projects that belong to Wollongong including music, art, poetry, film, circus, theatre, books, creative workshops. more info at 

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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