Ross McMillan's blog

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)

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.

We have provided carol singing to Auckland Hospital for the last 25 years or so. There are always a half dozen or so choirs involved and we each get a couple of floors to do. This time for us it was Neurosurgery and The High Dependency Unit (lots of machines that go "ping"!).

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!