We’re back! (Thank you Dom)

Our Concerto Competition will be held at Laycock Street Theatre on Sunday 28 November, 2:30pm. Four fantastic local soloists will show their prowess as they take the next step toward a performing career. 

Come along to enjoy the music and celebrate the return of live music performance to the Central Coast.


IMPORTANT: Due to the covid restrictions ticket sales are online or phone only. Online booking will be available until the start of the concert – simply show your email ticket or hard copy. There will be a door list if you don’t have access to your ticket.

If you have any problems in using the online system, call the theatre on 02 4323 3233 between 10.00am and 2.00pm and they will assist. If the line is busy make sure you leave a message and they will definitely call you back promptly.

Dine and Discover vouchers can be redeemed online using the 9 digit code at the Finalise Order page or over the phone .

Symphony Central Coast continues its ongoing mission to recognise and support emerging talent at their Concerto Competition. This competition is held every two years and is open to all musicians on the Central Coast under the age of 25.

There are four performers in this year’s competition – Kimberly Gilbert, Charlotte Brown, Bayden Tham and Kaito Deed. They have chosen works by Mendelssohn, Saint-Saëns and Cecil Forsyth and each will perform a movement or movements from a concerto up to 15 minutes in length.

Concertos are works for solo instrument and orchestra and are an opportunity for an outstanding player to show their artistry and virtuosity accompanied by a large orchestra. These works require great dexterity and musical maturity, all of which will be in plentiful supply at this concert. Bayden has chosen a cello concerto by Camille Saint-Saëns, a composer perhaps better known for The Carnival of the Animals and his mighty ‘Organ’ Symphony. His First Cello Concerto is tremendously demanding for soloists and has become a great favourite of the great virtuoso cellists. Kimberly has chosen a piano concerto also by Saint-Saëns, his second, written in only 17 days. The work opens with an introspective, deeply reverent improvisation but is soon followed by beautiful turns of phrase and diversions.

Kaito has selected the famous Violin Concerto of Mendelssohn, one of the most popular and most frequently performed violin concertos in history. Mendelssohn wrote this in collaboration with a very accomplished violinist of the day, ensuring its playability and virtuosity. Charlotte is performing the first movement of the viola concerto by Cecil Forsyth, an English composer also known for a series of books on music. This impressive concerto – Forsyth himself a viola player – really packs a punch and shows off the instrument to great effect.

All four works will give the soloists an opportunity put their musical development and virtuosity on display. Madeleine Easton, from The Bach Akademie, will adjudicate for the first prize of $1500, sponsored by Rotary Club of Terrigal and audience members are encouraged to vote for the People’s Choice award of $500, also sponsored by Rotary Club of Terrigal. Both prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the concert and the winners will be invited to perform with Symphony Central Coast in 2022.


(L to R): Charlotte Brown, Kaito Deed, Kimberly Gilbert, Bayden Tham