About The Choir

A chorus of singers is like a company of brothers; the heart is opened, and in the stream of song they feel themselves of one heart and of one mind?
— Herder

With one heart and mind, the Sydney Male Choir produce one beautiful sound of song, strong, vibrant and lyrical that stirs the heart and emotions. The Sydney suburb of Petersham in 1913 was where one group of men first joined together to sing in harmony and for pleasure, leading soon after to the foundation of the Sydney Male Choir.

Each year, since 1930, the Choir has led the Singing at the ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the Cenotaph in Martin Place, Sydney, a truly proud tradition. It also leads the Singing at the 11a.m at the 11th November Memorial Service held at the Cenotaph each year. From very humble beginnings and for over a century, the choir has become one of the finest and most respected male voice choirs in Australia.


The Sydney Male Choir is led by its Musical Director, Keiren Brandt-Sawdy who joined the choir late November 2016. Our singing is accompanied by Dewi Liu who enhances the choir's performances with her sensitive playing. 

Today, the choir boasts a strong, balanced complement of over fifty members.

The Choir seeks to take its music far and wide: The suburbs of Sydney; Regional centres around NSW; periodic interstate and international Tours. The United Kingdom, Canada, United States of America, New Zealand and Ireland have all been on the Choir's itinerary for their overseas concerts showcasing Australian talent. 

The wives and partners of the choir members, together with many friends of the Choir, travel with us on these tours and share in the fun of new places and faces. In 2008, the Choir undertook a highly successful tour of New Zealand, giving performances throughout both North & South island. In 2007, the Choir did a 'MATES ACROSS THE DIVIDE' tour of outback NSW that was enthusiastically received by the struggling farming communities that they visited. In 2012, we did a tour of the Riverina region of NSW in support of CANASSIST, a community based support group who assist families of those suffering from Cancer.

In 2013, the choir's Centenary Year, it was honoured to be chosen to represent Australia at the ANZAC Day service in Villers-Brettoneux, France. The choir also sang in Paris before travelling to England for several concerts and to take part in the Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival.  

In 2015 we toured regional NSW singing to sellout crowds in Cesnock, Gunnedah, Tamworth, Narrabri, Tenterfield, Sawtell, Port Macquarie and Forster.

Seniors week in 2016 we toured Bingara, Inverell and Armidale, again to sell out crowds.

In March 2017 we undertook an 18 day tour of the North and South Islands of New Zealand and performed in 10 different venues including the "Cardboard Cathedral" in Christchurch.

In May this year we toured south eastern NSW for 9 days with concerts at Young, Braidwood, Cooma, Merimbula, Batemans Bay and Kiama singing with some local choirs and undertaking a number of master classes. Additionally we did a benefit concert at Bega for the Tathra Bushfire victims appeal.



Gary Withyman

Ron Brown

Tom Coghlan