Kiama Jamberoo Community Music Association

With the Autumn quarter here, several of our groups are starting work on new pieces of music so it’s a great time to join in if you’ve been thinking about it. The music association has groups that meet regularly and connections to other groups in the wider community – get in touch if you want to participate in community music and we can link you up.

Coming up Musically

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 5th May 2pm at Gerringong Town Hall. Gerringong Music Club welcomes Eros Big Band . Seventeen piece Illawarra Big Band playing swing favourites from the 40’s, 50’s and beyond. More info at or email

Sunday 5th May 1pm – 4pm Music in The Park at Hindmarsh Park Kiama. This free monthly family-friendly music event is funded by Kiama Council and put together by Kiama Jazz & Blues Club. May’s lineup includes Giles Robinson – soulful singer / guitarist, Rose in Hand – singer guitarist with a quirky hybrid of pop, blues, jazz & rock, Boyzenberry 6 piece playing funk and blues influenced by ’60s to the ’80s. Bring a picnic, kids and friends to enjoy these terrific local Kiama talents.

Saturday 11th May 7:30pm Jamberoo Red Cross is holding a Bush Dance, featuring live music by No Such Thing Tickets available at Elders Real Estate Jamberoo Adults $25, Family $60, Kids under 16 $10 and under 5s are free.

Saturday 11th May 12 noon to 11pm Big Country Festival in Berry This Festival features a fantastic lineup of country artists led by Aria award winner Lee Kernaghan as well as a rodeo, market stalls, kids entertainment, country style food and craft beer. More info at

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.  

Saturday 25th May Rotary’s annual Berry Celtic Festival  This year’s festivities focus on the Celtic nation of Ireland. Beginning at 9:30am with street parade of pipe bands, representatives of all the Celtic clans, Medieval knights on horseback and Scottish terrier dogs. Entertainment continues at the Showground (entry $10) including Gaelic singing & fiddle workshops, stalls. For those who still have energy to burn, the day rounds out with the Berry Celtic Ball. Info at

Kiama Jamberoo Community Music Association Fortnightly Music Activities

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

KJ String Orchestra  Rehearses Thursdays fortnightly 6:30 – 8pm with the next rehearsal  on Thursday 2nd May. 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 6:30pm.

Wood & Wind – Combined Chamber Group (Strings/Wind)  This group rehearses Thursdays fortnightly at 6:30pm with the next rehearsal on Thursday 9th May. This term we have started working on a Renaissance program and have plans for a Winter social on Sunday 25th August 2019.The group features an eclectic combination of strings, flutes, guitars and more. New players of all levels of ability welcomed. 

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 1st May 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 Saturday Session is Saturday 18th May.

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 8th May 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 3rd May at 6pm. The group is modelled on a traditional English college/church choir but with the difference that the singers are also instrumentalists. All are good music and sight-readers who are interested in classical, sacred and early music. The group welcomes visiting artists and new members – so far guests have included pianist/composer Sally Greenaway, Horn player / conductor from England Chris Griffiths , travelling artist and choral singer Barbara Curry.  On Friday 3rd May the group will be joined by Segundo Vasquez, classical guitar virtuoso. Please contact Heather directly on 4448 7590 / 0413 365 798 or for information.

Notices & Opportunities

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 Circle is starting up next term Monday 29th April 6:30pm – 7:30pm at Jamberoo Chapel Soundspace, 11 Wyalla Rd. This independent group is run by Kate Armstrong,  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 enhance wellbeing and relaxation. Sessions will be $15 but first session is free. Expressions of interest are welcomed and Kate can be contacted at 0424 625 132 and Facebook Voice In Tuition

Bathurst String Orchestra Workshop September 27 – September 29, 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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