2019 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 2019 Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival have now closed

List of participants (as at 1 June 2019)

Strings

Community Ensembles

  • GEKO Orchestra (Guitars & Ukuleles) (Carlos Villanueva)
      15 Jun 2019 Session 1 10:15-11:45am
  • Northern Beaches Orchestra (Dr Martin Hardy & Stephen Buchanan)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 6 Gala Concert 7:00pm
  • Northern Beaches Youth Orchestra (Mark Stevens & Bec Hildebrandt)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 6 Gala Concert 7:00pm

High School Ensembles

  • Killarney Heights High School Chamber Ensemble (Mark stevens)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 2 11:45am-1:15pm
  • NBSC Manly Campus Chamber Orchestra (Elizabeth Scott)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 6 Gala Concert 7:00pm
  • NBSC Manly Campus String Ensemble (Brian Buggy)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 5 5:00-6:30pm
  • Pittwater High School Advanced Strings (Karen Leimbach)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 4 3:15-4:45pm
  • Pittwater High School Orchestra (Martin Hardy)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 6 Gala Concert 7:00pm
  • Pittwater High School String Orchestra (Karen Leimbach)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 5 5:00-6:30pm
  • St Luke's Grammar School String Ensemble (Stephen Buchanan)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 4 3:15-4:45pm
  • The Pittwater House Senior Strings Ensemble (Mrs Katy Harvey)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 3 1:30-3:00pm
  • Thomas Hassall Anglican College Senior Strings Ensemble (Mr Ehab Ibrahim)
      15 Jun 2019 Session 1 10:15-11:45am

Primary School Ensembles

  • Balgowlah North Public School String Ensemble (Yenny Huang)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 3 1:30-3:00pm
  • Beecroft Public School Beecroft Intermediate Strings (Katrina Papallo)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 2 11:45am-1:15pm
  • Cromer Public School Intermediate Strings (Mr Dean Kennedy)
      15 Jun 2019 Session 2 12:00-1:30pm
  • Cromer Public School Senior Strings (Mr Dean Kennedy)
      15 Jun 2019 Session 3 1:45-3:15pm
  • Cromer Public School Training Strings (Mr Dean Kennedy)
      15 Jun 2019 Session 1 10:15-11:45am
  • Dee Why Public School Beginner Strings (Yenny Huang)
      15 Jun 2019 Session 2 12:00-1:30pm
  • Dee Why Public School Intermediate Strings (Yenny Huang)
      15 Jun 2019 Session 3 1:45-3:15pm
  • Dee Why Public School Senior Strings (Yenny Huang)
      15 Jun 2019 Session 3 1:45-3:15pm
  • Elanora Heights Public School Mezzo String Ensemble (Mark Stevens)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 4 3:15-4:45pm
  • Elanora Heights Public School String Ensemble (Melody van der Wallen)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 5 5:00-6:30pm
  • Elanora Heights Public School Training Strings "The String Beans" (Fiona Brock)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 1 10:00-11:30am
  • Forestville Public School Beginner String Ensemble (Pip Birkett)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 1 10:00-11:30am
  • Forestville Public School Junior String Ensemble (Pip Birkett)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 3 1:30-3:00pm
  • Forestville Public School Senior String Ensemble (Mark Stevens)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 5 5:00-6:30pm
  • Kamaroi Rudolf Steiner School String Orchestra (Karen Leimbach)
      15 Jun 2019 Session 2 12:00-1:30pm
  • Killarney Heights Public School Senior String Ensemble (Dominik Przywara)
      15 Jun 2019 Session 1 10:15-11:45am
  • Middle Harbour Public School Junior String Ensemble (Ms Dushanka Pizurica)
      15 Jun 2019 Session 3 1:45-3:15pm
  • Middle Harbour Public School Senior String Ensemble (Ms Kathryn Crossing)
      15 Jun 2019 Session 2 12:00-1:30pm
  • Mona Vale Public School Beginner Strings (Rachel Lam)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 3 1:30-3:00pm
  • Mona Vale Public School Symphony Orchestra (Jacqui Shaw)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 4 3:15-4:45pm
  • Newport Public School Beginner Violins (Kim Grosser)
      15 Jun 2019 Session 2 12:00-1:30pm
  • Newport Public School Elementary Violins (Anne Holdik)
      15 Jun 2019 Session 3 1:45-3:15pm
  • Newport Public School String Orchestra (Karen Leimbach)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 4 3:15-4:45pm
  • St Ives North Public School Elementary Strings (Katrina Papallo)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 2 11:45am-1:15pm
  • St Ives North Public School Intermediate Strings (Katrina Papallo)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 1 10:00-11:30am
  • St Ives North Public School String Orchestra (Adrian Mansukhani)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 1 10:00-11:30am
  • Terrey Hills Public School Mezzo Strings Ensemble (Lisa Buchanan)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 2 11:45am-1:15pm
  • Terrey Hills Public School Poco Strings Ensemble (Lisa Buchanan)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 3 1:30-3:00pm
  • Terrey Hills Public School String Orchestra (Lisa Buchanan)
      22 Jun 2019 Session 5 5:00-6:30pm
  • Thomas Hassall Anglican College Junior Strings Ensemble (Mr Ehab Ibrahim)
      15 Jun 2019 Session 1 10:15-11:45am

Concert Bands

Community Ensembles

  • Northern Beaches Concert Band (Sarah Shaw)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 7 Gala Concert 7:00pm
  • Northern Beaches Symphonic Wind Ensemble (Dr Martin Hardy)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 7 Gala Concert 7:00pm
  • Northern Beaches Symphonic Youth Band (Jennifer Power)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 6 5:20-6:55pm

High School Ensembles

  • Arts Alive Combined Schools Band Junior Secondary Band (Matthew Hurditch)
      18 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • Arts Alive Combined Schools Band Senior Secondary Band (James Hill)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 6 5:20-6:55pm
  • Barrenjoey High School Concert Band (Joshua Hughes)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 5 3:40-5:15pm
  • Killara High School Concert Band 2 (Melissa Mony)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 4 2:00-3:35pm
  • Killarney Heights High School Concert Band (Nic Jeffries)
      19 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • Mater Maria Catholic College Concert Band (Klara Hollestelle-Watson)
      14 Jun 2019 Session 2 6:40-8:15pm
  • NBSC Mackellar Girls Campus Concert Band (Vanessa Patterson)
      14 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • NBSC Mackellar Girls Campus Performance Band (Vanessa Patterson)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 7 Gala Concert 7:00pm
  • Northern Beaches Christian School Wind Orchestra (Michael Murphy)
      20 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • Oxford Falls Grammar School Symphonic Wind Ensemble (James Hill)
      19 Jun 2019 Session 2 6:40-8:15pm
  • Pittwater High School Concert Band (Joshua Hughes)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 3 12:20-1:55pm
  • Pittwater High School Performance Band (Fiona Gudmunson)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 4 2:00-3:35pm
  • Pittwater High School Symphonic Band (Martin Hardy)
      18 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • St Luke's Grammar School Wind Ensemble (Kylie Tyson)
      12 Jun 2019 Session 2 6:40-8:15pm
  • Stella Maris College Concert Band (Rob Sutcliffe)
      20 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • Stella Maris College Senior Band (Jessica Maker)
      20 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • The Forest High School Concert Band (Lemin Luu)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 7 7:00-8:35pm
  • The Forest High School Wind Ensemble (Ben Dickson)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 6 5:20-6:55pm
  • The Pittwater House Performance Band (Kelvin Anderson)
      21 Jun 2019 Session 2 6:40-8:15pm
  • The Pittwater House Symphonic Winds (Mr Kelvin Anderson)
      21 Jun 2019 Session 2 6:40-8:15pm

Primary School Ensembles

  • Allambie Heights Public School Concert Band (Surrey Hodges)
      19 Jun 2019 Session 2 6:40-8:15pm
  • Allambie Heights Public School Performance Band (Surrey Hodges)
      12 Jun 2019 Session 2 6:40-8:15pm
  • Allambie Heights Public School Training Band (Surrey Hodges)
      19 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • Arts Alive Combined Schools Band Primary Band (Matthew Hurditch)
      21 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • Avalon Public School Concert Band (Sarah Shaw)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 4 2:00-3:35pm
  • Avalon Public School Senior Band (Sarah Shaw)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 5 3:40-5:15pm
  • Avalon Public School Training Band (Sarah Shaw)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 6 5:20-6:55pm
  • Balgowlah North Public School Concert Band (Natascha Harris)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 3 12:20-1:55pm
  • Balgowlah North Public School Senior Band (Natascha Harris)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 2 10:40am-12:15pm
  • Balgowlah North Public School Training Band (Angus Bullough)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 4 2:00-3:35pm
  • Beacon Hill Public School Concert Band (Matthew Hurditch)
      18 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • Beacon Hill Public School Intermediate Band (Matthew Hurditch)
      19 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • Belrose Public School Performance Band (Katie Anderson)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 4 2:00-3:35pm
  • Bilgola Plateau Public School Concert Band (Robert Sidaway)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 3 12:20-1:55pm
  • Bilgola Plateau Public School Performance Band (Robert Sidaway)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 2 10:40am-12:15pm
  • Bilgola Plateau Public School Training Band (Robert Sidaway)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 1 9:00-10:35am
  • Brookvale Public School Concert Band (Jason Smith)
      13 Jun 2019 Session 2 6:40-8:15pm
  • Brookvale Public School Training band (Solly Frank)
      20 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • Collaroy Plateau Public School Concert Band (James Power/ Kylie Tyson)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 1 9:00-10:35am
  • Collaroy Plateau Public School Performance Band (Kylie Tyson)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 5 3:40-5:15pm
  • Collaroy Plateau Public School Training Band (Kylie Tyson)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 5 3:40-5:15pm
  • Cromer Public School Intermediate Band (Tim Collins)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 4 2:00-3:35pm
  • Cromer Public School Senior Band (Tim Collins)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 3 12:20-1:55pm
  • Cromer Public School Training Band (Tim Collins)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 2 10:40am-12:15pm
  • Curl Curl North Public School Junior Band (Frances Fordham)
      19 Jun 2019 Session 2 6:40-8:15pm
  • Curl Curl North Public School Senior Band (Tim Collins)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 1 9:00-10:35am
  • Curl Curl North Public School Training Band (Lemin Luu)
      12 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • Dee Why Public School Concert Band (Sasha Stocken)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 2 10:40am-12:15pm
  • Dee Why Public School Training Band (Sasha Stocken)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 3 12:20-1:55pm
  • Elanora Heights Public School Senior Band (Rachel Rule)
      14 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • Elanora Heights Public School Training Band (Solomon Frank)
      13 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • Forestville Public School Concert Band (Matthew Hurditch)
      21 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • Forestville Public School Intermediate Band (Christine Young)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 3 12:20-1:55pm
  • Forestville Public School Training Band (Lemin Luu)
      21 Jun 2019 Session 2 6:40-8:15pm
  • Frenchs Forest Public School Intermediate Band (Ben Swatton)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 3 12:20-1:55pm
  • Frenchs Forest Public School Performance Band (Kinsey Alexander)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 6 5:20-6:55pm
  • Frenchs Forest Public School Training Band (Kinsey Alexander)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 1 9:00-10:35am
  • Harbord Public School Concert Band 1 (Sandie Rose-Castle)
      13 Jun 2019 Session 2 6:40-8:15pm
  • Harbord Public School Concert Band 2 (Sandie Rose-Castle & Debbie English)
      14 Jun 2019 Session 2 6:40-8:15pm
  • Harbord Public School Intermediate Band (Sandie Rose-Castle & Mark Strykowski)
      13 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • Harbord Public School Junior Band (Sandie Rose-Castle & Debbie English)
      14 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • Kambora Public School Performance Band (Ben Perche)
      12 Jun 2019 Session 2 6:40-8:15pm
  • Killarney Heights Public School Concert Band (Nic Jeffries)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 5 3:40-5:15pm
  • Killarney Heights Public School Junior Band (Nic Jeffries)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 6 5:20-6:55pm
  • Killarney Heights Public School Senior Band (Christine Young)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 4 2:00-3:35pm
  • Manly Vale Public School Junior Band (Ben Dickson)
      12 Jun 2019 Session 2 6:40-8:15pm
  • Manly Vale Public School Senior Band (Ben Dickson)
      12 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • Manly West Public School Concert Band (Penelope Coucill)
      21 Jun 2019 Session 2 6:40-8:15pm
  • Manly West Public School Intermediate Band (Penelope Coucill)
      14 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • Manly West Public School Performance Band (Penelope Coucill)
      14 Jun 2019 Session 2 6:40-8:15pm
  • Manly West Public School Training Band (Penelope Coucill)
      21 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • Middle Harbour Public School Concert Band (Ray Hampton)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 2 10:40am-12:15pm
  • Middle Harbour Public School Senior Band (Bryan Randall)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 1 9:00-10:35am
  • Middle Harbour Public School Training Band (Luis Madrid)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 5 3:40-5:15pm
  • Mona Vale Public School Concert Band (Jacqui Shaw)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 7 7:00-8:35pm
  • Mona Vale Public School Intermediate Band (Jacqui Shaw)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 6 5:20-6:55pm
  • Mona Vale Public School Performance Band (Joshua Hughes)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 7 Gala Concert 7:00pm
  • Mona Vale Public School Training Band (Joshua Hughes)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 5 3:40-5:15pm
  • Narrabeen Lakes Public School Senior Band (Jennifer Power)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 2 10:40am-12:15pm
  • Narrabeen Lakes Public School Training Band (Jennifer Power)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 3 12:20-1:55pm
  • Narrabeen North Public School Performance Band (Janella Fyfe)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 5 3:40-5:15pm
  • Narraweena Public School Senior Band (Rick Robertson)
      13 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • Newport Public School Intermediate Band (Ben Swatton)
      18 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • Newport Public School Performance Band (Ben Swatton)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 6 5:20-6:55pm
  • Newport Public School Training Band (Ben Swatton)
      14 Jun 2019 Session 2 6:40-8:15pm
  • Northern Beaches Christian School Concert Band (Dani Cosford)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 2 10:40am-12:15pm
  • Our Lady Of Good Counsel Performance Band (Janella Fyfe)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 7 7:00-8:35pm
  • Oxford Falls Grammar School Concert Band (James Hill)
      19 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • Seaforth Public School Performance Band (Rob Jardine)
      20 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • St Ives North Public School Junior Concert Band (Robert Jardine)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 2 10:40am-12:15pm
  • St Ives North Public School Senior Concert Band (Luis Madrid)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 1 9:00-10:35am
  • St John the Baptist Catholic School Concert Band (Danielle Cosford)
      13 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • St John the Baptist Catholic School Training Band (Raylie-Anne Baldock)
      13 Jun 2019 Session 2 6:40-8:15pm
  • St Joseph's Catholic Primary Narrabeen Concert Band (Monique Warokka)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 7 7:00-8:35pm
  • St Kieran's Catholic Primary School Junior Band (Surrey Hodges)
      19 Jun 2019 Session 2 6:40-8:15pm
  • St Kieran's Catholic Primary School Senior Band (Surrey Hodges)
      12 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • St Rose Catholic Primary School Concert Band (Rachel Rule)
      13 Jun 2019 Session 2 6:40-8:15pm
  • Terrey Hills Public School Concert Band (Bec Hildebrandt)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 7 Gala Concert 7:00pm
  • The Pittwater House Junior Band (Kelvin Anderson)
      21 Jun 2019 Session 1 5:00-6:35pm
  • Wheeler Heights Public School Intermediate Band (Shauna Tyson/Derek Barg/Kirrily Swatton)
      23 Jun 2019 Session 1 9:00-10:35am
  • Wheeler Heights Public School Training Band (Anthony MacDermott)
      16 Jun 2019 Session 4 2:00-3:35pm

Stage Bands

Community Ensembles

  • Blue Riff Big Band (Tim Rowland)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 4 2:20-3:40pm
  • New Young North Side Big Band (Geoff Power)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 1 9:00-10:20am
  • Northern Beaches Big Band (Joshua Hughes)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 4 2:20-3:40pm

High School Ensembles

  • Arts Alive Combined Schools Band Junior Big Band (Tim Collins)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 5 4:00-5:20pm
  • Arts Alive Combined Schools Band Senior Big Band (Tim Collins)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 6 5:40-7:00pm
  • Barrenjoey High School Big Band (Joshua Hughes)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 2 10:40am-12:20pm
  • NBSC Mackellar Girls Campus Stage Band (Vanessa Patterson)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 6 5:40-7:00pm
  • Pittwater High School Junior Stage Band (John Pennings)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 1 9:00-10:20am
  • Pittwater High School Senior Stage Band (John Pennings)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 3 12:40-2:00pm
  • St Luke's Grammar School Stage Band (Rebecca Grubb)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 5 4:00-5:20pm

Primary School Ensembles

  • Allambie Heights Public school Jazz Band (Surrey Hodges)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 6 5:40-7:00pm
  • Bilgola Plateau Public School Jazz Band (Melissa Mony)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 1 9:00-10:20am
  • Collaroy Plateau Public School Jazz Band (James Power)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 2 10:40am-12:20pm
  • Curl Curl North Public School Stage Band (Melissa Mony)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 6 5:40-7:00pm
  • Forestville Public School Stage Band (Tim Collins)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 3 12:40-2:00pm
  • Harbord Public School Jazz Band (Sandie Rose-Castle)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 4 2:20-3:40pm
  • Killarney Heights Public School Big Band (Nic Jeffries)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 2 10:40am-12:20pm
  • Mona Vale Public School Big Band (Joshua Hughes)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 4 2:20-3:40pm
  • Mona Vale Public School Jazz Band (Joshua Hughes)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 3 12:40-2:00pm
  • Mona Vale Public School Jazz Ensemble (Joshua Hughes)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 2 10:40am-12:20pm
  • Newport Public School Jazz Band (Ben Swatton)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 1 9:00-10:20am
  • Terrey Hills Public School Stage Band (Bec Hildebrandt)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 3 12:40-2:00pm
  • Wheeler Heights Public School Jazz Band (Anthony MacDermott)
      30 Jun 2019 Session 5 4:00-5:20pm

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 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!

Any queries please contact either Dr Martin Hardy (0434 050 843) or Sarah Shaw (0414 343 818). For the Stage Band sessions, please contact Joshua Hughes

Sponsors

The Northern Beaches Instrumental Festival is co-hosted by the Northern Beaches Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Northern Beaches Orchestra, 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 eighth year, the Festival has become one of the main performance focuses for Concert Bands, Stage Bands and String Ensembles on the Northern Beaches.