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Young Symphonic

Updated: Nov 22, 2021

A chance to capture young classical musicians at the beginning of their careers.

An exceptional young violinist, practices in his home in preparation for his performance of Mendelssohn 's Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64.
Kaito Deed

Four of the Central Coast’s finest young classical musicians will perform with Symphony Central Coast at 2.30pm Sunday 28 November 2021 at Laycock Street Community Theatre in a bid to become this years’ Prodigies winner.


Featuring Kimberly Gilbert (piano), Charlotte Brown (viola), Bayden Tham (cello), and Kaito Deed (violin), each performer has selected a concerto that will demonstrate their musical prowess and outstanding ability.


For Kimberly Gilbert of Erina, who will perform Piano Concerto No.2, Op 22 by Saint- Saëns, the performance comes as she completes her Bachelor of Music (Performance) degree at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.

Kimberly Gilbert

Gilbert says, “I am looking forward to a career as a soloist or chamber musician. I also have a great love of teaching and am looking forward to sharing my knowledge.”


Gilbert was drawn to the work’s opening where she must perform an introspective and reverent improvisation. This is followed by beautiful turns of phrase and diversions.


Gilbert has a growing reputation in the local musical theatre world featuring in orchestras and as Musical Director in Red Tree Theatre’s upcoming show, Songs for a New World by Jason Robert Brown.


Gilbert will have tough competition, however.


Charlotte Brown of Narara will perform the The Viola Concerto, by Cecil Forsyth, an English composer.

Charlotte Brown

Brown says, “I love how this concerto really packs a punch and shows off the instrument. Forsyth was a viola player.”


Brown has recently completed a Masters of Music and is teaching at the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music.


Bayden Tham of Springfield and Kaito Deed of Glenning Valley are students at Gosford High School.

Tham, who is also a keen basketball player about to begin Year 12, will perform Cello Concerto No.1, Op.33 by Saint-Saëns, a tremendously demanding piece which has become a great favourite of the great virtuoso cellists.


Deed, the youngest of the four performers, has selected Mendelssohn 's Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64. It holds an important place in the violin repertoire and is one of the most popular and most frequently performed violin concertos in history.


Madeleine Easton from The Bach Akademie will adjudicate for the $1,500 first prize and audience members will vote for the $500 People’s Choice award both 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.


Tickets must be purchased prior to the event at Laycock Street Community Theatre or phone 02 4323 3233 as no seats available on the day due to Covid rules.


A Look Back

Kimberly Gilbert had the pleasure (?) of accompanying me singing at the Japanese Gardens in East Gosford in 2019. There I am, 21 kilos heavier than I am now, singing a few numbers solo and, if you hit the scroll arrow, a lovely opera piece with Hanna Greenshields, an accomplished and beautiful soprano. Obviously, someone else took those photos... Nicky Castle gets the credit!


The thing about being a community photographer and being involved in arts is you get to see the youngsters grow with their craft and musicianship. While the Prodigies concert will be the first time I hear Charlotte play, I have watched Kimberly, Bayden and Kaito behind my lens for some years. These are not flash-in-the-pan youngsters. They have been working tirelessly for years to become the top of their field.


Kimberly plays a number of instruments including woodwinds, cello and recorder. Here she is playing Cello for the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music orchestra, and piano and recorder for Gosford Musical Society's Les Misérables in 2019.



Bayden Tham has been playing quietly in the background while his brother won the prizes. Now it is his turn to shine. I first spotted Bayden playing with Kimberly and Kaito in the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music orchestra in 2019. Gladys taught Bayden how to count after he had performed for the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music funding grant announcement in 2019. Sorry the photos aren't top class from the Gladys shoot. I later found my camera had been damaged and needed to undergo surgery.

When last I saw Kaito, he was shorter than me. Imagine my surprise as he towered above me in our recent photoshoot. His playing is beautiful and evocative. Here he is in 2019 performing in the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music orchestra and at the Central Coast Conservatorium of Music Sponsors Concert in 2020. There is another picture we took in our Prodigies photoshoot in 2021 when he was practicing his concerto.


I am looking forward to photographing the next step of these youngsters' careers at the Prodigies rehearsals later this month.


Please contact me for bookings on shayne@lesliephotography.com.au or 0412 241 773.

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