Kiama Jamberoo Community Music Association

Saturday 15th June brings us another of the increasingly popular Jamberoo Sessions. These monthly folk music get togethers were established by Wayne Millar who runs our Association’s Folk and Bluegrass sessions.

The sessions are held on the third Saturday of each month from 11am to 2pm at Jamberoo Chapel Soundspace aka Jamberoo Uniting Church, 11 Wyalla Rd, Jamberoo. Just bring your musical instrument, lunch and a $2 coin. Wayne invites a talented folk player to lead each session and music is supplied. Johnny Spillane, Irish folk virtuoso and Monty Montgomery from Australian folk band “No Such Thing” are some of the talented musicians who have led the sessions.

This month musically versatile Marg Sherringham brings us “Tunes in Parts”. There will be melodies, harmonies and some rhythmic backing for the chord players. Marg has put together a rich program including familiar and original tunes from the Irish, Scottish and American folk repertoire. Queries can be directed to 

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Coming up Musically

Friday 21st June 10:30am The Highlands Sinfonia performs at St Judes Anglican Church, Bowral.  The concert will feature Symphony No 39 K543 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Petite Suite de Concert by S.Coleridge-Taylor and Passo Mezzo e Mascherada from Ancient Dances and Airs by Ottorino Respighi. The concert is a fundraiser for National Braille Music Camp at Mittagong and tickets are available at the door.

2pm Sun 23rd June Burradoo, 7:30pm Sat 29th June Wollongong, 2pm Sun 30th June Nowra – Steel City Strings meets South Coast Big Band Classically trained multi-instrumentalist Des Canning formed his own jazz band at age 14 and hasn’t looked back.His Big Band will join Steel City Strings to perform large orchestral works, film music, jazz and more. Bookings and more info at

Friday 28th June 7:30pm Joseph & James Tawadros return as guests of the KJ Community Music Association. This time the concert will be in the beautiful Berry Uniting Church. The brothers will present an intimate evening of music and story telling . Joseph is an Aria award winning composer and master of the Oud, a Middle Eastern Lute. James is a world class percussionist and soloist and together they present a thrilling mix of Middle Eastern, Jazz and traditional sounds and contemporary innovationsTheir tour takes them to locations around Australia including the Woodend Winter Arts festival in Victoria, the Blue Mountains, Canberra, Melbourne recital hall and Sydney Opera House. Their only concert last year on the South Coast, in Jamberoo, was a sell-out and the audience was enthralled by the musical performance and Joseph’s engaging banter. Audience members felt privileged to have had the opportunity to see the performance in a small venue that allowed for such rapport. Tickets can be booked at queries to

Sat 29th June 11am Berry Uniting Church. Pam Harris, students and friends in concert. $7 at the door. Queries can be directed to

Sunday 30th June 2pm Gerrigong Town Hall  Great Southern Tour Stars of the Future David Miller brings the best of his ensemble students from Sydney Conservatorium on his Great Southern Tour. More info at

Sunday 7th July 1pm – 4pm Music in the Park. Hindmarsh Park Kiama.  An initiative of Kiama Council and organised by Kiama Jazz & Blues Club, this is an afternoon of  family-friendly musical fun. Featuring a lineup of Kiama based musicians, the monthly performances provide an opportunity to hear some seasoned local musicians as well as up and coming talent from a range of musical genres.

Wednesday 10th July 10am to 2pm NAIDOC (National Aboriginal & Islanders Day Observance Committee) Family Fun Day at Nowra Showground. This funday is a community event that includes food, music and local Aboriginal community stalls to celebrate NAIDOC week. Australians from all walks of life come together during this week to celebrate the history, culture and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Saturday 20th July All Day Jamberoo Music Festival. After an exciting inaugural festival last year, the Jamberoo Music Festival returns delivering a collection of Australia’s finest Blues, Roots, Rock, Folk and Indi musicians. The boutique village festival is community driven and includes top quality market stalls, street performers, food vendors and more. With an emphasis on quality not quantity, tickets are expected to go fast – book or check out the program 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 all groups except Chapel Consort which rehearses at Shoalhaven Heads – full details below;

KJ String Orchestra  Rehearses Thursdays fortnightly 6:30 – 8pm with the next rehearsal  on Thursday 13th June. 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 20th June. 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. Music director Pam Harris has also invited the group to participate in performing at her Studio Concert at Berry Uniting Church 11am Saturday 29th June so they are preparing for that now.

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 12th June 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 15th June and the theme is “playing in parts” led by the delightful and talented Marg Sherringham. Marg is well known to those in the music association for her talents on guitar, mandolin and violin and also crosses genres from the folk scene to play classical and contemporary with our Wood & Wind group. Music will be provided, all are welcome to participate and BYO lunch.

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 19th June 6:30-8:30pm. If you want to find out more you can email Wayne at  

Chapel Consort meets fortnightly on Friday evenings at GMS Lowlands, Shoalhaven Heads. Next date is Friday 14th June at 6pm and we are working towards a recital at Blue Haven toward the end of July and a service at Kiama Jamberoo Uniting shortly after that. This group is modelled on a traditional English college/church choir but with the difference that the singers are also competent instrumentalists. If you are a good sight-reader and interested in classical, sacred and early music and if you enjoy singing for your supper, come try us out. We welcome visiting artists from time to time and are in especial need of another violinist and a tenor voice.  Contact Heather on 4448 7590 .

Notices & Opportunities

Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival Volunteer applications now open. The organisers are gearing up for what looks set to be another terrific festival this Spring. Save the date 18 – 20 October 2019. Applications can be lodged at

Concert Opportunity for string players in Orange! Orange Symphony Orchestra is inviting confident string players (at least grade 4 and above) to join them for a series of concerts Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th August (with optional Thursday 1st concert). They are performing Beethoven Violin Concerto with Andrew Baker as soloist as well as Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5.There is no cost to participate but you would need to organise own accommodation/meals etc.Essentially it will be a fun weekend away in Orange playing some great music. If you would like more info email Andrew Baker at  More info about this exciting community orchestra at

Artist Applications now open for Illawarra Folk Festival From 16 – 19 January 2020 the annual festival features four exciting summer days filled with folk, world, roots, bluegrass, gypsy and Celtic music as well as workshops, poetry, comedy and dance. Performer applications close 30th May 2019 so head to  This will be the 35th annual Illawarra Folk Festival and a highlight is the violin as the featured instrument. Volunteer applications open in August and stallholders in October.

Jamberoo weekly Singing Circle has started up and gets together Mondays 6:30pm – 7:30pm at Jamberoo Chapel Soundspace, 11 Wyalla Rd. Inexperienced and beginner singers are very welcome at this independent group. It is run by Kate Armstrong,singer songwriter who is also experienced in teaching yoga and vocal toning. Kate uses posture work and vocal warmups with a view to incorporating rhythm, harmony and group singing to enhance wellbeing and relaxation. Kate emphasizes that it is an opportunity for beginners to explore what they are capable of. Sessions will be $15 but first session is free. For more information Kate can be contacted at 0424 625 132 and Facebook Voice In Tuition

Canberra String Orchestra Workshop 5-7 July, 2019 (closing date for applications 14th June)  & 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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