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