Music with elegance, sensitivity, and flair
Ensembles & Minstrels for every occasion.

Sydney, NSW, Australia

The Penguins

  • Music with elegance, sensitivity, and flair
  • Ensembles & Minstrels for every occasion.
  • From intimate cocktail parties and weddings to formal dinner functions and large corporate events.
  • Classical
  • Standards
  • Jazz
  • Evergreens
  • Latin
  • Gypsy
  • Irish
  • Rock n Roll

It’s all there in Black & White

No matter what your event, The Penguins is the ideal choice for your musical needs. We can offer everything from stylish and discreet ambience played with vitality and energy to more upfront performances to get your party really swinging.

Our repertoire ranges from the classics and evergreens to more up-tempo swing jazz and Latin. If you desire Gipsy, Irish and European flavours we are only too happy to add it to your program. Our Dance Band extends the evening into Rock and Roll from the 50s, 60s and 70s if needed.


The perfect accompaniment for your most cherished occasions. Ideal for church or garden wedding ceremonies, birthday parties and those romantic dinners.
Violin & Guitar
Flute & Guitar

Perfect for intimate occasions with the added ability to minstrel.

Ideal for up to 50 guests.
Violin, Flute & Guitar
Two Violins & Guitar

A perennial favourite! This line-up also has the ability to ministrel for pre-dinner cocktails or garden weddings.

Ranges from Pachebel’s Canon In D, to Errol Garner's Misty, to Fats Waller’s Ain’t Misbehavin’.

We are always sensitive to your needs and the performance can vary from classical background music to more up-tempo swing jazz and Latin numbers.
Violin, Flute/Sax, Guitar & Double Bass
Two Violins, Guitar & Cello

Suits every event, from intimate parties to gatherings of 500+ guests

Music tailored to suit your event. Ranges from classical favourites and standards to more up-tempo swing jazz and Latin. If you desire Gipsy, Celtic and European flavours we are only too happy to add it to your program.
Violin, Flute/Sax, Guitar, Double Bass & Drums

A versatile band tailored to fit the mood of any function

Repertoire - Dinner
Classical – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Pachalbel’s Canon In D, Mozart, Bach etc and such standards as Misty, Night and Day, Satin Doll etc

Repertoire - After Dinner - Dance
Cha Cha, Quickstep, Tango, Jazz, Waltz, Bossa Nova, Fox Trot, Latin etc
Irish songs, jigs and reels
Rock and Roll - 50s, 60s, 70s (with vocals)

Your evening can be tailored to suit your needs

For a great night think black and white!
Penguins was formed by violinist Derek Davies in 1985 with the aim of drawing together Sydney’s finest musicians to create an exceptionally versatile ensemble to perform at weddings, special events and corporate functions.
Davies started playing violin and viola at age 11 and was determined even then to become a professional musician. He later won a scholarship from The ABC and subsequently spent 3 years performing with The ABC Orchestra before becoming a freelance musician.

Since then Derek and his Penguins have performed in Sydney’s finest venues (Sydney Opera House, State Theatre and all the Grand Ballrooms of the city’s elite hotels) as well as playing shows at most of Sydney’s five star restaurants and many wineries in the Hunter Valley.

Among the more memorable bookings was a residency at The Conrad Hilton in Cairo for The Australian Embassy and Davies has also toured South-East Asia, The Middle East and Italy.

Over the years the group has played at thousands of weddings, hundreds of birthday and anniversary parties, bar-mitzvahs, retirement dinners and social functions for Sydney’s high society.

The group also specialises in entertaining the in-bound tourism market and has recently performed for overseas visitors on cruise boats on Sydney Harbour and at events at Fort Denison and Taronga Zoo.

Penguins alter-ego, the ever-popular Sunup Bush Band, plays traditional Australian/Irish music at woolsheds and at events for tourists.

It’s not surprising that Penguins has over many years earned a reputation as a most professional, reliable and easy to get along with ensemble.
If you want it right...the answer’s black and white!

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