A Short History

The Society, conceived as a means of providing those living on the NSW South Coast with exceptional musical performances, continues to follow its charter – to provide fine music for the South Coast community in their local area and encourage young people to follow their musical aspirations with a musical experience rarely available on the coast.

2018 saw the South Coast Music Society enter its 24th year of presenting inspiring and professional musicians for our local audience to enjoy.  Our program has been well balanced and received by members and guests.


The South Coast Music Society has a clear charter –

“to provide a range of fine music for the South Coast community and to encourage young people to experience such music.”

Heading into its 25th year of existence, the Society has been privileged to be able to stage their concerts using the first class facilities that St Bernard’s Church, Batehaven, is able to provide. Our grand piano is kept in the church and this has enabled many fine musicians to take advantage of it either for concerts or during church services.

We are grateful to those who support our aims including St Bernards, Batehaven, our members and local businesses who help us to provide concerts of exceptional quality. We only exist thanks to those who give of their time to ensure the continuation and success of the Society. Such access to fine music can only be seen as a positive influence in our community.
In its short history, the Society has provided concerts covering a range of musical experiences from Chamber Music to Opera and Jazz.

Highlights of over fifty concerts include:

  • Oz Opera presenting the Magic Flute (1997)
  • Choral: Handel’s Messiah presented by the Llewellyn Choir and Canberra School of Music Orchestra (1998) and presented by Oriana Chorale (2013); Sydney Male Choir (2014), Voci Stupende (2015) Choristers and Choir Master from Opera Australia Chorus (2016) Opera Gala (2017)
  • Pianists: Gerard Willems (1998); Lisa Moore (1999); Simon Tedeschi (2000); Roger Woodward (2002); Ian Munro (2003); Tamara Anna Cislowska (2006); Daniel de Borah (2007); Konstantin Shamray (2008 Winner Sydney International Piano Competition); Tatiana Kolesova (2010); Avan Yu (2012 Winner Sydney International Piano Competition and 2015); Kristian Chong (2014); Anna Goldsworthy (2015) Simon Tedeschi (2016) Andrey Gugnin (Winner of 2016 Sydney International Piano Competition (2017)
  • Jazz: Don Burrows Quartet (1995 & 2000); Vince Jones (1999); Paul Grabowsky (2002)
  • Outdoor Concerts: Water Music Festival as our contribution to the Centenary of Federation (2001) on the banks of the Clyde River; Sirocco in the Botanic Gardens (2002)
  • Chamber Music: The Australian Chamber Orchestra led by Richard Tognetti (2001), Australian Brandenburg Orchestra Ensemble (2004); The Artemis Quartet (2004); Flinders Quartet (2007); Howard Penny, cellist and Timothy Young, pianist (2007); Ensemble Liaison & Majorian Ensemble (2008); Zephyr String Quartet (2009); Ironwood (2011); Goldner String Quartet (2012), Flinders Quartet accompanied by SIPCA 2013 winner, Dmitry Onischenko; Ensemble Liaison (2014); Enigma Quartet (2014); Three Piece Suite and Julie Brimo (2015); Acacia Quartet (2016) Australian Haydn Ensemble (2016) Streeton Trio (2017) London Klezmer Quartet (2017) Australian Romantic & Classical Orchestra – Chamber Soloists (2018).
  • Local Musicians: ‘Mostly Mozart’ – a showcase of outstanding local young musicians (2006)
  • Vocal: Soprano Sarah Shalders and clarinettist David Griffiths (2006); The Song Company (2007); Louise Page with Pip Candy (2011); Messiah (2013); Jose Carbo, Andrew Blanch and Ariel Nurhadi (2018)
  • Instrumental: Claire Edwardes, percussionist (2007); Guitar Trek (2008); Genevieve Lacey and Karin Schaupp (2010); Duo Merindah (2013); Nick Parnell (2015)