On Saturday December 15th we performed at the Hutt City Council's Christmas in Dowse Square event. It was a great day out in the sun for the families that attended. We sang a number of Christmas songs as part of the celebrations.
Antony Currington's blog
Antony Currington's blog
On December 15th, the chorus celebrated the end of the year and all the milestones we've had. We also recognised a number of individuals in the chorus who have contributed to our year.
|Tenor of the Year||Graeme Gainsford|
|Lead of the Year||Euan Macpherson|
|Baritone of the Year||Gregor Neumayr|
|Bass of the Year||Ken Nelson|
|Rookie of the Year||Jonathan Cutts|
|Most Improved||Ian Macfarlane|
|Barbershopper of the Year||Robbie Lane|
Congratulations guys, and thanks for all you've done for the chorus this year!
On November 4th, Steve Currington passed away after a very brief illness. Steve was a central member of the tenor and then bass section of the chorus for many years, doing a number of administration roles including Chorus Manager and Publicity. He was also the tenor of The Razor's Edge, a great quartet made up of HCC chapter members. Steve was also the father of our director Antony.
We'll miss you Steve, but know you'll be having a great time singing in the heavenly choir.
In September the chorus travelled to Sydney, Australia to compete in the Pan Pacific convention. The Pan Pacific is a special convention that runs every 3 years, and includes singers from New Zealand, Australia, Japan, the United States, and this time also included a quartet from Singapore. The convention featured the amazing Crossroads quartet.
After preparing 2 songs for some of the year, we were lucky enough to end up coming 2nd in the Barbershop Harmony New Zealand contest held in conjunction with the complete Pan Pacific contest (a sub category). The chorus was very happy with this result. We've been working a lot on improving our singing skills, and it showed in the scores we ended up with.
We had a great time with our new members course. 4 weeks of teaching some of the basics, and getting guys involved in singing resulted in 4 new members. It's a great time to be in the chorus.
If you're interested, feel free to join us for an evening to see what happens and to give barbershop singing a go.
Quartets from the chorus spent the day delivering Singing Valentine's all over Wellington. We had a great time.
Check out some photos of our quartets singing.