Meet the Blokes

The Vocal Consort was formed in 1984 to complement the work of the Australian Boys Choir. It currently consists of around sixteen tenors and basses, although numbers are adjusted according to the demands of particular music or events. Ranging from plainchant and sixteenth century polyphony to comic pieces, jazz and pop, the group's repertoire is wide and varied. Audiences may ride on a journey of emotions from hysterical laughter through to intimate reflection and everywhere between.

A New York Times critic wrote: "The Vocal Consort sang superbly... a rich, seamless blend." The ensemble continues to earn superlatives from critics and audiences alike. During their 2001 tour of the USA, one of their performances was interrupted three times by cheering and thunderous applause from an audience that included 700 of their choral peers - choral singers and conductors from the USA, Canada and Europe.

In addition to touring in Australia and overseas, the Consort presents many performances in its own right and frequently contributes to concerts with the Australian Boys Choir. The group has performed in film and on radio and, in April 2012, released a third CD, Incantations.

The Vocal Consort performed at AmericaFest Festival of Men's and Boy's Choirs in 2002, the Apollo Bay Music Festival in 2004, the Dunkeld Weekend of Music in 2006 and toured in Singapore and Malaysia in 2007.