About Coast Opera Australia
Coast Opera Australia aims to demonstrate leadership in all aspects of its operation, while enrolling and developing support for its programs from a broad section of the community. We are currently establishing our organisational framework including our board. We will start with a small closely knit team of committed individuals, ensuring that skills and experience are well balanced and complementary. These will include business leaders bringing marketing, legal and financial expertise as well as empathy and understanding of the importance of music and the arts to a rich and fulfilling community life. To date we have met with and secured in-principle support from well respected advisors and opinion leaders from business, education and cultural sectors. This includes professionals who have had leadership roles with Opera Australia, The Australian Ballet, Bell Shakespeare Company, Australia Business Arts Foundation, The Australian Youth Orchestra, National Gallery of Australia and Macquarie and Melbourne Universities.
Artistic Director & Ceo - Angela Brewer
Angela has called the Central Coast home for the past 8 years. She is a mother, professional opera singer, vocal teacher for Coast Opera Australia’s emerging artists, conductor and concert producer After 20 years working as a professional operatic artist traveling the world, she can account for over 200 professional productions and concerts in Europe, China, Sydney (Opera House) and Melbourne (State Theatre).
Angela regularly sings and speaks on ABC Radio and has sung for Sean Connery, Cate Blanchet and Dame Joan Sutherland. Angela is an advocate for world class operatic events on the Central Coast that introduce internationally acclaimed and emerging artists. Angela’s emerging artists in training have received awards and grants from all over Australia whilst being accepted into highly competitive university courses such as WAAPA (Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts)
Angela has performed at numerous sell out concerts on the Central Coast such as Opera in the Arboretum, Cross Roads Festival, Concertante, Avoca Picture Theatre and Symphony Central Coast. Through the publics keen interest to support and follow her, she has seen the opportunity and need to established Coast Opera Australia.
Pauline Wright - ChairWoman
Pauline was the President of the Law Society NSW 2017 and is presently a member of the Executive Committee of the Law Council of Australia as well as being Vice President of the NSW Council for Civil Liberties. She is a member of the Board of Pro Bono Australia and is a past President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (NSW) Central Coast Chapter, past Vice President of NSW Women Lawyers and past Governor of the Law and Justice Foundation.
Pauline is a solicitor is an accredited specialist in Local Government and Planning Law, with extensive experience in criminal law. She graduated with a BA LLB from Macquarie University in 1985 majoring in both Law and Mass Communications, and was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW the same year. Pauline also holds a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
A proud member of Actors Equity since 1991, Pauline began her working life with a dual career in law and theatre. She has acted in leading roles in numerous theatre productions and is also a writer, director and producer. In more recent years, she has developed a love of singing in diverse genres including opera, folk, jazz and cabaret.
She was a founder of the iconic Central Coast cultural event, the 5 Lands Walk, and is also a keen ocean swimmer and active surf lifesaver.
Grant William Tomkinson - Treasurer
Graduated from Macquarie University in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Accountancy.
Worked in Sydney after graduating at Davey and Associates a Tax and Financial Planning firm that specialised in the medical profession and then subsequently the legal fraternity. For the last two years was tax manager for one of the senior partners.
Grant is the accredited finance adviser for W T Martin & Associates , registered tax agent and self-managed superannuation fund auditor. He is a Fellow of the National Tax and Accountants Association.
Grant continues to have professional ties to Sydney based firms and consultants. However he continues to have personal ongoing community involvement. The principals and partners of the practice over the years have been members of East Gosford Rotary. Grant has been a member since 1991 and is also a Director of Cancer Care Australia Limited. He provides accountancy services as and when required to a handful of local, not for profit organisations including 5 Lands Walk Incorporated.
Grant is a highly experienced accountant. He works with 4 accountants, a financial planner and 3 support staff. He provides accountancy and tax advice to a broad range of clients. A number of these clients have self-managed superannuation funds which has become a focus for the practice.