Less than a week after we farewelled Ed Nichols, today we learned that chorus bass singer Peter Bond died suddenly over Queen's Birthday weekend. Peter had been taking time off from chorus to recover from a fall but was eager to return to rehearsals. Peter was 88, our oldest member. The photo was taken in 2016 at the Blenheim convention. A celebration of Peter's life will be held at Forrest Funeral Services, 39 Riverside Rd, Orewa at 2pm on Friday 8th June 2018. (map)
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A service to celebrate Ed's life will be held at The North Harbour Chapel of Dil's Funeral Services, 185 Schnapper Rock Road, Albany on Thursday 31 May at 1pm.
The chorus is sad to announce that Ed Nicholls, past member of the chorus, passed away today, aged 87 years. Ed was a much loved member of our chorus, the epitome of the gentleman barbershopper. Our thoughts are with Sharon and the family at this time.
More details will be posted here when we know them.
The chorus has recorded songs on more than one occasion for the devotional series "Praise Be". This song - Daddy Sang Bass - is probably one of the more unusual choices for the program. The chorus was directed by Phil Skaggs. ("Praise be" was the longest running program in TVNZ history when production stopped in 2017 after 30 years of progammes).
Tony and Sue Roberts say goodbye to City of Sails tonight after 38 years with the chorus (well, not quite - Tony is travelling to Sydney this week with the rest of us to compete in the Pan Pacific Competitions). They are moving to the sunny east coast. The chorus will miss his gravel voice, quick smile, and irreverence (and Sue's baking).
Congratulations to the quartet QED (Sam Turner, Richard Lewis, Andrew Cox, Bryce Turner) who scored 398/600 (66.3%) to become the Peter Gasston Competition winners for 2017. Second place went to Vocal Addiction (Richard Lewis - hang on - wasn't he in the other quartet?), Tony Roberts, Bryce Turner (umm... wasn't he...), Junji Kawai. Third Place to No Strings Attached (John Denton, Tony Roberts, Robert Kurz, Neil Binnie).
The 2016 competitions were held at Blenheim for the first time in NZ barbershop competition history. We came in third - our first gong in a few years - beaten by Mighty River Harmony by less than a percent!
Blenheim was good to us, fine weather (mostly), warm temperatures (mostly), friendly folk (always).
And good coffee!