Silver Jubilee Celebrations

Exciting fund-raisers  in 2015...


Afternoon Delight—first for 2015

Celebrated accompanist to the stars, John Woods is our first Afternoon Delight for 2015.      

He’ll tell us tales about his travels and encounters around the world.  He has accompanied the great Dames of opera, including our own Dame Joan.  He’ll talk about the new crop of divas, in particular, Jane Eaglen.


Born in Stirling, Scotland he studied piano and bassoon at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and won scholarships from The Scottish Arts Council , and The Ralph Vaughan Williams Trust  which enabled him to study the art of accompanying at The Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. 


He was guest repetiteur at the R.N.C.M. and The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts before joining the Queensland Conservatorium in 1992.


A man of many talents,  John was Musical Associate for Granada Television with credits on a wide range of arts and drama programmes which include  “Joan Hammond Masterclass”, “Coronation Street”, “Sherlock Holmes” and “Lost Empires”, the eight-hour serialisation of the J.B. Priestley novel where he worked with Sir Laurence Olivier.


But let John tell you his story himself. Come to see him, ask him questions, and listen to him play on our hosts’ beautiful Schimmel piano, a recital hall grand, with the most amazing tone.


Afternoon Delight will be held in the magnificent waterside home of Gwyneth Yuill and John Deshon who have been gracious enough to lend it to us for this fund-raising event. Funds raised are for the Dame Joan Sutherland Vocal Competition Award 2017.


2.30 – 4pm:  

Friday 27th February 2015,  

131 Shorehaven Drive, 

Noosa Waters     


As the venue is a private home bookings are essential:  Members $20, Friends and gen. public $25       Coffee, tea available.  Cash bar

Phone:     Moya Aland on (07) 5474 4854  Visa and MasterCard accepted.




Celebrate our Silver Jubilee in style, with a ‘feast of glorious food and music’ at berardo’s Sunday March 15 from 6pm.


We are  proud to celebrate 25 years nurturing young artists and 16 years supporting young operatic students through the Dame Joan Sutherland Award Vocal Competition.


So join us for this special evening of magical arias and duets along with excerpts from your favourite musicals. Baritone Guy Booth, 2000 winner of the Dame Joan Sutherland Award will sing with Dominique Fegan, soprano, and Bernard Wheaton, tenor.  John Woods will accompany them.


We are very grateful to the artists who are giving their performances free  for this fundraiser so that we can keep the Award going.  Our goal is to raise minimum $30,000 so that the 2017 Award can go ahead.

The evening will start with a welcoming glass of wine followed by a signature two-course dinner and performance. $70 -$65 Mem.


Bookings can be made now.  Ring berardo’s (07) 5447 5666  (allocated seating). Cash bar. 



Authentic Greek Easter Celebration

Celebrate an authentic Greek Easter on Sunday 12th April at 1pm with food, wine, music and dancing.


An Authentic  Greek Easter Feast is being given to NFA by the Greek Association of the Sunshine Coast with all proceeds going to the Dame Joan Sutherland Award 2017.


The Greek Association is a not-for-profit organization, wholly run by volunteers who give their time freely.  Every cent raised is given to the charity of choice.  This year, we are IT.


This exciting event has been organised by two of our members, Michael and Gina Alexander, and will be held at their home in Peregian Springs.


Authentic food, authentic music, and dancing. Not to be missed!

1pm, Sunday 12th April

137 Fairway Parade, 

Noosa Springs


$50 friends   $45 Members   Cash bar.

Bookings till end of February—Phone Moya Aland (07) 5474 4854  -  after Feb we will notify you of  new contact number to ring.  Visa and MasterCard only.



As usual, members will receive a $5 discount off every event.

When booking berardo’s, please identify yourself as a member of NFA by giving your name followed by the letters NFA and your numberwhere possible. berardo’ s  will have a list of members to cross-check.