Exceptional Music

The musicians ready themselves

The musicians ready themselves

The concert given by Ensemble Liaison on Sunday 26 October 2014 was an exceptional musical experience which those present will remember for a very long time. The appreciative crowd was amazed at the display of virtuosity and excellent musicianship that abounded in this truly remarkable concert.

The concert began with a stylish reading of the Beethoven Trio opus 38 reduced to the trio format by the composer himself from his popular Septet opus 20 (for clarinet, bassoon, horn, violin, viola, ‘cello and double bass). Because of this reduction the piano part is extremely challenging, yet Timothy Young handled the complexities of the score with ease and dexterity (interestingly using an iPad instead of sheet music!). The trio exhibited chamber music at its best with beautiful tone quality and sensitive musicianship throughout. The pianist together with David Griffiths, clarinet, and Svetlana Bogosavljevic, ‘cello, faithfully drew out the individual character of each of the six contrasting movements with style and conviction.

After the interval Brahms’ sublime Trio in A minor opus 114 received a memorable and insightful performance which was a joy to experience. This is a great work and Brahms’ intentions were fully realised in this magnificent performance. The first movement set the sombre mood with perfect balance and sense of purpose. The Adagio to follow was pensive and sensitively played while the Minuet and Trio echoed respectively the lilt of a German dance and the bucolic lustiness of the Ländler of the Bavarian mountains where Brahms spent many summer holidays. The final movement was very much up-tempo and had much rhythmic excitement interspersed with charming flowing melodic episodes. This outstanding performance brought the concert to a thrilling climax.

The Concert Fantasy on themes from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess by Igor Frolov was a display of extreme virtuosity and tender subtle musicianship from clarinettist David Griffiths with equally matching support from his colleagues. In response to the standing ovation the trio obliged with a number of encores, including Monti’s Czardas, leaving the audience on a “high” and a sense of amazement and wonder. This was the South Coast Music Society’s final concert for the year.

David Shephard


The humour and conviviality of the performance

The humour and conviviality of the performance

The passion of Ensemble Liaison

The passion of Ensemble Liaison



For those who braved the wet and windy conditions on Sunday 17th August, a delightful concert at St Bernard’s Church performed by the Sydney Male Choir was the reward.

The South Coast Music Society was fortunate enough to secure this wonderful choir for the third concert of their 2014 season.

SMC with Conductor and Pianist 2 WEB

Sydney Male Choir at St Bernard’s Batehaven

Under the wonderful musical direction of Houston Dunleavy the choir performed a diverse range of songs to delight the audience. These included a number of a cappella items, while others with the beautiful accompaniment from pianist Dewi Liu.

From the beginning of the concert the choir demonstrated their enthusiasm and love of singing. The lovely tonal quality and balance of the vocal parts, together with their clear diction brought all the songs to life.

The repertoire included songs which showcased soloist performances with choral support. Amongst them was the very moving “Bui Doi” from Miss Saigon with soloist Kevin Burg, who really brought out the sentiments of this song.

Tenor, Wolf Von Koehler performed solo pieces which highlighted the qualities of the range, and dynamic colours of this beautiful voice.  He was joined by Tom Coughlan in the popular duet “Perhaps Love” which was an obvious audience pleaser.


Wolf von Koehler and Tom Couglan sing ‘Perhaps Love’

It was clear to all why these men have been so popular over the years, with the close harmonies in some of these very difficult pieces being so competently and sensitively sung.

A very appreciative audience were rewarded with an encore which ended an extremely enjoyable afternoon.

                                                              Andrea Annear

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