2021 Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival

The aim of the Festival is to provide a formal, non-competitive performance opportunity for ensembles that is a positive and encouraging experience.

The Festival is held in June, towards the end of Term 2 at Pittwater High School, with the Stage Band Festival at Harbord Public School. The entire festival is co-hosted by the Northern Beaches Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Northern Beaches Orchestra, and the Northern Beaches Concert Band, and all proceeds from the festival go back into community music.

Performances are held in small blocks of ensembles so that the students will have the opportunity to listen to other groups. Students remain in the hall with their ensemble for all the performances in their time allocation. (This will be approximately 1-1.5 hours in total). This gives every ensemble performing a large and interested audience.

Schools entering more than one ensemble will have each one programmed in a separate block. The intention is for students and their families to have the opportunity to listen to groups from other schools. Within each block we will also vary the nominated levels of the ensembles to avoid direct comparisons. While professional feedback is provided this is not a competition but a festival celebrating our music making on the Northern Beaches and beyond.

Each ensemble will perform 3 pieces at an appropriate grade. Their performance will be recorded for their future use and a short workshop by an experienced appraiser will be held on stage at the conclusion of their performance. The appraiser also makes comment on the recording.

Availability of tickets.

Non performing audience members can purchase tickets at the door for $5.00 per adult, $3.00 concession or $10.00 per family. These tickets are valid for the entire festival and entitle the holder to entry to the Gala Concert. Tickets are not available for pre-purchase.

Application form

Applications for the 2021 Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival are now closed. If you have any questions regarding your applications, please contact the Secretary.

List of participants (as at 25 May 2021)

Strings

Community Ensembles

  • Northern Beaches Orchestra (Dr Martin Hardy & Stephen Buchanan)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 6 Gala Concert 7:00-8:30pm
  • Northern Beaches Youth Orchestra (Mark Stevens & Bec Hildebrandt)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 6 Gala Concert 7:00-8:30pm

High School Ensembles

  • Killara High School String Ensemble (Maryana Sywak)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 3 1:00-2:30pm
  • Killarney Heights High School Chamber Ensemble (Rosy Johnston)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 1 9:00-10:30am
  • Pittwater High School Advanced String Ensemble (Karen Leimbach)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 6 Gala Concert 7:00-8:30pm
  • Pittwater High School Orchestra (Martin Hardy)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 5 5:00-6:30pm
  • Pittwater High School String Orchestra (Karen Leimbach)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 4 3:00-4:30pm
  • St Luke's Grammar School Orchestra (Stephen Buchanan)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 6 Gala Concert 7:00-8:30pm
  • St Luke's Grammar School Senior String Ensemble (Stephen Buchanan)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 5 5:00-6:30pm

Primary School Ensembles

  • Balgowlah North Public School String Ensemble (Yenny Johnson)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 1 9:00-10:30am
  • Dee Why Public School Mezzo Strings (Yenny Johnson)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 3 1:00-2:30pm
  • Dee Why Public School Poco Strings (Yenny Johnson)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 4 3:00-4:30pm
  • Dee Why Public School Strings Orchestra (Yenny Johnson)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 3 1:00-2:30pm
  • Elanora Heights Public School Combined Strings (Mark Stevens)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 5 5:00-6:30pm
  • Elanora Heights Public School Senior Strings (Fiona Brock)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 5 5:00-6:30pm
  • Elanora Heights Public School String Beans (Beth Scott)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 2 11:00am-12:30pm
  • Forestville Public School Beginner Strings (Pip Birkett)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 2 11:00am-12:30pm
  • Forestville Public School Chamber Strings (Mark Stevens)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 4 3:00-4:30pm
  • Forestville Public School Guitar Group (Greg Arnold)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 3 1:00-2:30pm
  • Forestville Public School Junior Strings (Pip Birkett)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 2 11:00am-12:30pm
  • Forestville Public School Senior Strings (Mark Stevens)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 4 3:00-4:30pm
  • Killarney Heights Public School Intermediate strings (Duschanka Pizurica)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 2 11:00am-12:30pm
  • Killarney Heights Public School Senior Strings (Rosy Johnston)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 1 9:00-10:30am
  • Mona Vale Public School Beginner Strings (Jacqui Shaw)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 1 9:00-10:30am
  • Mona Vale Public School String Orchestra (Jacqui Shaw)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 2 11:00am-12:30pm
  • Narraweena Public School String Ensemble (Rosy Johnston)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 3 1:00-2:30pm
  • Newport Public School Beginner Strings (Kim Grosser)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 4 3:00-4:30pm
  • Newport Public School String Orchestra (Karen Leimbach)
      05 Jun 2021 Session 1 9:00-10:30am

Concert Bands

Community Ensembles

  • Northern Beaches Concert Band (Sarah Shaw)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 6 Gala Concert 7:00-8:30pm
  • Northern Beaches Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Dr Martin Hardy)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 6 Gala Concert 7:00-8:30pm
  • Northern Beaches Symphonic Youth Band (Jennifer Power)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 6 Gala Concert 7:00-8:30pm

High School Ensembles

  • Barrenjoey High School Concert Band (Joshua Hughes)
      01 Jun 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • Cammeraygal High School Concert Band (Jennifer Power)
      09 Jun 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • Glenaeon Rudolf Steiner School Concert Band (Phil Arnold and Christine Young)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 1 9:00-10:15am
  • Killara High school Concert Band 2 (Tim Collins)
      02 Jun 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • Killarney Heights High School Concert Band (Derek Barg)
      07 Jun 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • Mater Maria Catholic College Concert Band (Jessica Manning)
      03 Jun 2021 Session 1 5:00-6:15pm
  • NBSC Cromer Campus Concert Band (Marc Rolet)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 3 second venue 1:00-2:15pm
  • NBSC Mackellar Girls Campus Concert Band (Vanessa Patterson)
      03 Jun 2021 Session 1 5:00-6:15pm
  • NBSC Mackellar Girls Campus Performance Band (Vanessa Patterson)
      04 Jun 2021 Session 1 5:00-6:15pm
  • Pittwater High School Combined Concert and Performance Band (Joshua Hughes)
      01 Jun 2021 Session 1 5:00-6:15pm
  • Pittwater High School Symphonic Band (Martin Hardy)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 5 5:00-6:15pm
  • Pittwater House Senior Band (David Cosentino)
      03 Jun 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • Pittwater House Wind Ensemble (David Cosentino)
      03 Jun 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • St Luke's Grammar School Concert Band (Stephen Buchanan & Kylie Tyson)
      31 May 2021 Session 1 5:00-6:15pm
  • St Luke's Grammar School Wind Ensemble (Kylie Tyson & Rebecca Grubb)
      31 May 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm

Primary School Ensembles

  • Allambie Heights Public School Concert Band (Surrey Hodges)
      07 Jun 2021 Session 1 5:00-6:15pm
  • Allambie Heights Public School Performance Band (Surrey Hodges)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 2 second venue 11:00am-12:15pm
  • Allambie Heights Public School Training Band (Surrey Hodges)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 1 9:00-10:15am
  • Avalon Public School Concert Band (Charles Wilkinson/Rachel Rule)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 2 11:00am-12:15pm
  • Avalon Public School Performance Band (Sarah Shaw)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 4 3:00-4:15pm
  • Avalon Public School Senior Band (Sarah Shaw)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 3 1:00-2:15pm
  • Avalon Public School Training Band (Charles Wilkinson/Rachel Rule)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 2 11:00am-12:15pm
  • Belrose Public School Performance Band (Katie Anderson)
      01 Jun 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • Brookvale Public School Junior Band (Jessica Manning)
      08 Jun 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • Brookvale Public School Senior Band (Jessica Manning)
      08 Jun 2021 Session 1 5:00-6:15pm
  • Collaroy Plateau Public School Concert Band (James Power)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 3 second venue 1:00-2:15pm
  • Collaroy Plateau Public School Performance Band (Kylie Tyson)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 4 second venue 3:00-4:15pm
  • Collaroy Plateau Public School Training Band (Kylie Tyson)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 3 second venue 1:00-2:15pm
  • Cromer Public School Intermediate Band (Tim Collins)
      02 Jun 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • Cromer Public School Senior Band (Tim Collins)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 2 second venue 11:00am-12:15pm
  • Cromer Public School Training Band (Tim Collins)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 1 second venue 9:00-10:15am
  • Curl Curl North Public School Senior band (Matthew O'Brien)
      02 Jun 2021 Session 1 5:00-6:15pm
  • Dee Why Public School Concert Band (Robyn Phelan)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 4 second venue 3:00-4:15pm
  • Dee Why Public School Intermediate Band (Robyn Phelan)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 5 second venue 5:00-6:15pm
  • Dee Why Public School Training Band (Robyn Phelan)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 5 second venue 5:00-6:15pm
  • Elanora Heights Public School Senior Band (Joshua Hughes)
      31 May 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • Elanora Heights Public School Training Band (Joshua Hughes)
      04 Jun 2021 Session 1 5:00-6:15pm
  • Forestville Public School Concert Band (Derek Barg)
      07 Jun 2021 Session 1 5:00-6:15pm
  • Forestville Public School Intermediate Band (Christine Young)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 5 5:00-6:15pm
  • Forestville Public School Training Band (Kirrily Swatton)
      09 Jun 2021 Session 1 5:00-6:15pm
  • Frenchs Forest Public School Intermediate Band (Kinsey Alexander)
      08 Jun 2021 Session 1 5:00-6:15pm
  • Frenchs Forest Public School Performance Band (Kinsey Alexander)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 1 second venue 9:00-10:15am
  • Frenchs Forest Public School Training Band (Kinsey Alexander)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 2 second venue 11:00am-12:15pm
  • Harbord Public School Concert Band (Sandie Rose-Castle)
      02 Jun 2021 Session 1 5:00-6:15pm
  • Harbord Public School Intermediate Band (Sandie Rose-Castle and Andrew Laurich)
      02 Jun 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • Harbord Public School Junior Band (Sandie Rose-Castle and Mark Strykowski)
      02 Jun 2021 Session 1 5:00-6:15pm
  • Harbord Public School Senior Band (Sandie Rose-Castle and Mark Strykowski)
      03 Jun 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • Hornsby Heights Public School Concert Band (Dave Odams)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 3 1:00-2:15pm
  • Hornsby Heights Public School Performance Band (Dave Odams)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 4 3:00-4:15pm
  • Killarney Heights Public School Concert Band (Nic Jeffries)
      07 Jun 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • Killarney Heights Public School Junior Band (Derek Barg)
      07 Jun 2021 Session 1 5:00-6:15pm
  • Killarney Heights Public School Senior Band (Derek Barg)
      07 Jun 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • Manly Vale Public School Junior Band - Training Band (Carlos Villanueva)
      09 Jun 2021 Session 1 5:00-6:15pm
  • Manly Vale Public School Senior Band - Concert Band (Ben Dickson)
      09 Jun 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • Manly Village Public School Senior Band (Robert Sidaway)
      08 Jun 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • Manly West Public School Concert Band (Penelope Coucill)
      04 Jun 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • Manly West Public School Intermediate Band (Penelope Coucill)
      04 Jun 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • Manly West Public School Performance Band (Penelope Coucill)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 6 Gala Concert 7:00-8:30pm
  • Manly West Public school Training Band (Penelope Coucill)
      04 Jun 2021 Session 1 5:00-6:15pm
  • Mona Vale Public School Concert Band (Jacqui Shaw)
      01 Jun 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • Mona Vale Public School Performance Band (Joshua Hughes)
      31 May 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • Mona Vale Public School Training Band (Jacqui Shaw)
      01 Jun 2021 Session 1 5:00-6:15pm
  • Narrabeen Lakes Public School Senior Band (Jennifer Power)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 5 second venue 5:00-6:15pm
  • Narrabeen Lakes Public School Training Band (Jennifer Power)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 3 second venue 1:00-2:15pm
  • Narrabeen North Public School Performance Band (Janella Fyfe)
      09 Jun 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • Narraweena Public School Concert Band (Mark Stevens)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 5 5:00-6:15pm
  • Narraweena Public School Training Band (Jess Manning)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 4 3:00-4:15pm
  • Newport Public School Performance Band (Emilia Antcliff)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 1 second venue 9:00-10:15am
  • Normanhurst West Public School Intermediate Concert Band (Luis Madrid)
      01 Jun 2021 Session 1 5:00-6:15pm
  • Normanhurst West Public School Senior Concert Band (Dave Odams)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 2 11:00am-12:15pm
  • Normanhurst West Public School Training Band (Dave Odams)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 1 9:00-10:15am
  • Pittwater House Junior Band (David Cosentino and Jim Abraham)
      03 Jun 2021 Session 1 5:00-6:15pm
  • Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School Mona Vale Concert Band (Maia Hopf)
      31 May 2021 Session 1 5:00-6:15pm
  • St Rose Catholic Primary School Concert band (Rachel Rule)
      04 Jun 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • Terrey Hills Public School Concert Band (Dani Cosford & Felicity Stanwell)
      08 Jun 2021 Session 2 7:00-8:15pm
  • Terrey Hills Public School Crescendo Band (Dani Cosford)
      08 Jun 2021 Session 1 5:00-6:15pm
  • Wakehurst Primary School Concert Band (Jaime Gibson)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 4 second venue 3:00-4:15pm
  • Wakehurst Primary School Training Concert Band (Jaime Gibson)
      06 Jun 2021 Session 3 1:00-2:15pm

Stage Bands

Community Ensembles

  • Blue Riff Big Band (Tim Rowland)
      20 Jun 2021 Session 5 5:00-6:20pm
  • Northern Beaches Big Band (Joshua Hughes)
      20 Jun 2021 Session 2 11:00am-12:20pm
  • Northern Beaches Jazz Combo (Joshua Hughes)
      20 Jun 2021 Session 1 9:00-10:20am

High School Ensembles

  • Arts Alive Combined Schools Band Jazz Ensemble (Tim Collins)
      20 Jun 2021 Session 2 11:00am-12:20pm
  • Glenaeon Big Band (Phil Arnold)
      20 Jun 2021 Session 4 3:00-4:20pm
  • Killara High School Stage band 2 (Bob Coassin)
      20 Jun 2021 Session 3 1:00-2:20pm
  • NBSC Mackellar Girls Campus Stage Band (Vanessa Patterson)
      20 Jun 2021 Session 1 9:00-10:20am
  • Pittwater High School Junior Stage Band (John Pennings)
      20 Jun 2021 Session 5 5:00-6:20pm
  • Pittwater High School Senior Stage Band (John Pennings)
      20 Jun 2021 Session 5 5:00-6:20pm
  • St Ives High School Jazz Combo (Sally Cooper)
      20 Jun 2021 Session 2 11:00am-12:20pm
  • St Ives High School Sax Ensemble (Kimberley Lovell)
      20 Jun 2021 Session 5 5:00-6:20pm

Primary School Ensembles

  • Allambie Heights Public School Jazz Band (Surrey Hodges)
      20 Jun 2021 Session 1 9:00-10:20am
  • Collaroy Plateau Public School Jazz Band (James Power)
      20 Jun 2021 Session 4 3:00-4:20pm
  • Harbord Public School Jazz Band (Sandie Rose-Castle)
      20 Jun 2021 Session 4 3:00-4:20pm
  • Killarney Heights Public School Big Band (Derek Barg)
      20 Jun 2021 Session 4 3:00-4:20pm
  • Lindfield East Public School Stage Band (Melissa Mony)
      20 Jun 2021 Session 3 1:00-2:20pm
  • Mona Vale Public School Big Band (Joshua Hughes)
      20 Jun 2021 Session 2 11:00am-12:20pm
  • Mona Vale Public School Jazz Band (Joshua Hughes)
      20 Jun 2021 Session 3 1:00-2:20pm
  • Narrabeen Lakes Public School Jazz Band (Lachlan Power)
      20 Jun 2021 Session 3 1:00-2:20pm
  • Normanhurst West Public School Jazz Band (Dave Odams)
      20 Jun 2021 Session 1 9:00-10:20am

Festival Information for Participating Ensemble Directors

Ensemble members MUST arrive at least 20 minutes prior to the start of the session they are performing in. Please let them know that parking can be difficult so to allow time. Arrange to meet outside the hall at Pittwater High School. You will be directed to storage for instrument cases. There are short breaks between sessions to facilitate movement in and out of the hall. Musicians will be required to sit with their ensemble for the entire session (approx 80 minutes in most cases).

There will be a short allocated time period for each ensemble to tune in the holding room. Please keep the scheduled time as other ensembles will need to tune after yours. A quick warm up on stage is permissible. Please make sure all electronic instruments are in tune prior to getting on to the stage.

Ensembles will move from hall seating straight on to the stage to perform, do a short workshop and then return to their seats until released at the end of the session. It is expected that performers will NOT leave the hall so that all ensembles have a full and interested audience. We have made the sessions fairly short for this reason. Please stress this to parents, as they are inclined to try to remove their child as soon as they have performed.

Non performing audience members can purchase tickets at the door for $5.00 per adult, $3.00 concession or $10.00 per family. These tickets are valid for the entire festival and entitle the holder to entry to the Gala Concert.

Please supply a labelled photocopy of your scores for use by the appraiser prior to the start of your session. These should be given to the appraiser's desk on arrival. This will be returned to you with notes/recording. In addition each ensemble will receive a plaque in recognition of their participation.

Encourage your ensemble members to recognise, respect and appreciate the efforts made by the other ensembles. We have deliberately timetabled the sessions so that a variety of levels of ensembles perform in each session.

Please be mindful of the time limitations and be as efficient as possible in organising your ensemble on and off stage. Members of the NBSWE, NBO, NBSYB and NBCB will be acting as ushers and stage hands to assist you with this.

Light refreshments will be available throughout the festival at the canteen.

Finally... don't get too stressed and feel free to ask for help from our experienced musical crew. This festival is about celebrating music on the Northern Beaches and is meant to be a fun and positive experience for all involved!

Sponsors

The Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival is co-hosted by the Northern Beaches Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Northern Beaches Orchestra, the Northern Beaches Symphonic Youth Band and the Northern Beaches Concert Band. It has been kindly supported by Mona Vale Music (www.monavalemusic.com), who provide recording facilities and post production for a reference copy of each ensemble's performance, along with the appraiser's comments. The Festival is also sponsored by Pittwater High School (www.pittwater-h.schools.nsw.edu.au) and Harbord Public School (www.harbord-p.schools.nsw.edu.au), who kindly allow use of their facilities and equipment.

History

The Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival was first held in June 2012 as an afternoon event. It was so popular that in August of the same year, a two day Festival was held to allow other bands to take part. In 2013, the Festival added a whole day of Strings and Orchestras, under the guidance of the Northern Beaches Orchestra. The Festival continued to grow, and in 2014 was held over four days. In 2015, we celebrated the addition of Stage Bands to the Festival. Now in its tenth year, the Festival has become one of the main performance focuses for Concert Bands, Stage Bands and String Ensembles on the Northern Beaches.