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Music By The Sea believes that ART is essential for the wellbeing of the community


(First Saturday of the month)

4th October, 7:30pm, Sandgate Town Hall

DAVID HELFGOTT - solo piano recital


Chopin: Polonaise in A flat “The Heroic”
Chopin: Sonata No.3 Op 58 in B minor
Liszt: Les jeux d’eaux a la villa d’este from the Années de Pèlerinage
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.15
Liszt: Ballade No.2 in B minor
Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No.1

David Helfgott was born in Melbourne in 1947. At age of 17, David began studying with Alice Carrad, a former student of Bartok and Istvan Thoman, himself a pupil of Liszt. Later went to London to study at the Royal College of Music with Cyril Smith, who described him as his most brilliant student in 25 years of teaching and linked him to Horowitz, both technically and temperamentally. Winning number of awards, including Best Concerto Performance for performance of Rachmaninov’s Third Piano Concerto. 


Towards the end of his time in London, David faced increased emotional instability and mental excitability, compounded by the death in Perth of his mentor, writer Katherine Susannah Pritchard. A period of frequent hospitalisation followed during 70’s. The greatest crisis for David had been the loss of his inner music, but he remembers the day the music came back: “The fog lifted, I could hear again… I survived.”


David was brought back to the public’s attention by Dr Chris Reynolds, who owned Riccardo’s wine bar in Perth, where David performed on Saturday nights. It is there he meet his future wife, Gillian, who with the support of promoter Mike Parry, helped David gradually resume his concert career.

First Australia sellout tour, then Europe, USA, Africa, Asia tours followed. 

Standing ovations everywhere!

Released series of CDs including the sound track of the Oscar-winning film Shine, which celebrates his remarkable and inspiring life. His recording of the Rachmaninov’s Third, was the number one selling CD in Australia, USA and UK for many months. Both attained gold status.


This extraordinary artist is continuing to receive the worldwide recognition that his remarkable technical and interpretative genius deserves. His continuing success comes as no surprise to David’s legion of devoted admirers everywhere whom have long regarded his recitals as transcending mere music-making and affirming the tenacity of the human spirit. 



1st November, 7:30pm, Sandgate Town Hall


Kavisha Mazzella - Australian queen of folk music


“A power and presence that’s beyond words” Colum Sands

ARIA award and a former Port Fairy Artist of the Year winner, songbird Kavisha Mazzella original song’s lyrical ingredients include humour, poetry, social justice and the spiritual. Combine this prowess with the voice of an angel and you have the experience of a Kavisha concert. Singing in English and Italian, she will take you on an uplifting boundary riding journey of well-crafted  stories and songs ringing with echoes of Celtic, Fado and Gypsy influences that will strike a resounding chord within. With 6 solo albums under her belt, she has sung and given vocal workshops at national music festivals and tours abroad. 

 In 2011 Kavisha was awarded an Australia Day Honour for her contribution to music and reflecting the experience of refugee, multicultural and indigenous communities through performance. 






Music By The Sea Festival 2015

9 - 11 January


The program will be finalised soon



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  • 2014 CONCERT SERIES - first Saturday of the month

    1st February
    Helen Lam-Winther (piano)
    Sine Winther (piano)
    Susan Blake (cello)

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    Christopher Pepe Auer (base clarinet)

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