Thank you for visiting the Barwon Heads Fine Music website.
We do hope you find a musical event that you would enjoy.
Our purpose is to bring musical events to the community of Barwon Heads, and the surrounding Bellarine Peninsula and the Geelong Region and we look forward to seeing you.
Our Sunday Concerts continue on the second Sunday of each month , 2.30pm in the Anglican Church , Friends $10 , visitors $15 – stay for Afternoon tea after the concert
We also hold other Major events which are held in the Barwon Heads Community Hall
The Barwon Heads Fine Music Society July event was the Victoria Welsh choir-
Twenty four members of the Choir, a “Cor Bach”, or small choir, led by Director Faleiry Koczkar, gave us a brilliant two hours of wide-ranging chorale music, enough to warm every heart and to bring on not a few tears on a chilly winter afternoon.
The packed Barwon Heads Hall was filled by their powerful male voices. First we were treated to a group of songs in Welsh and English, showcasing traditional and modern Welsh composition. The stirring “What would I do without my Music” expressed the passion of the group.
We were then introduced to the four sections of the Choir: 1st & 2nd Tenors, Baritones and Basses.
It was both fascinating and impressive to hear how the Director wove the four parts into a single harmonious entity. Roger Bartlett then gave us the moving “Maria” from “West Side Story” and Drew Hopkins and Rushan Hewawasam sang the John Denver composition “Perhaps Love”. It was a sensitive rendition with glorious harmonies. The first half was rounded out with a mixture of Welsh traditional and English melodies, including the stirring “You’ll Never Walk Alone”, which has resounded around British soccer pitches for decades. Finally we were invited to join the choir in the “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, which fairly lifted the roof.
After interval, we had another wonderful medley of Welsh songs, ending with the stirring “Men of Harlech”, in which again we were invited to participate, which we did with gusto. This was followed by an amusing and melodious rendition of “Ah Still Suits Me” from “Showboat”, presented by John Hales and Geoff Serpell. The finale was a wonderful selection from the popular “Les Miserables”, ending of course with the spine-tingling “Do You Hear the People Sing?” Whose heart could not be moved, and who could hold back a tear to such fine singing?
The applause for the Cor Bach was long and heartfelt, and we were rewarded with an encore. It occurred to me that this is really just a group of everyday blokes with a great passion for their music, and performing it with wonderful skills. This hard-working and very professional group thoroughly deserves their reputation, and it was a real honour and thrill to have them perform for the Barwon Heads Fine Music Society. In turn, the group thanked us for welcoming them so warmly, and expressed their appreciation of the excellent acoustics of the Barwon Heads Hall. No doubt we will have them back!
Memberships now due
Please find attached the renewal form for the BHFMS annual membership. Hopefully the reasons for renewing are relatively easy to guess… however just as a reminder:
Your subscriptions and patronage help us to bring fabulous musicians to perform in terrific events in Barwon Heads, at incredibly affordable prices for members.
Plus many more & varied concerts for the rest of the year!
Keep an eye on “Talking Heads” for the latest updates!