As part of a promotion Skinny Mobile were running to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House, we were filmed singing a few carols for the crowds that walk up and down Franklin Road looking at the light shows the residents have become known for.
No risers, no costumes. Pretty easy gig really...more
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...more
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,...more
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?),...more
We kicked off the 2016 carols season this weekend with three singouts at Westfield shopping malls across the city. Lots more to to come - ten in total - catch us at Newmarket, West city (Henderson), Albany and St Lukes. The upcoming dates are shown on the...more
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),...more
We had three valuable coaching sessions with Kim Vaughn in July. She is one of only eight women to have won an international gold medal both as a chorus director and a quartet singer.
The Rising Star contest is the Sweet Adelines equivalent of the Young Men in Harmony contest. For the first time, the International Rising Star contest was held outside the US, here in NZ. "The Ladies" fromTexas took the gold, and "Timbre" from Sweden won silver.... more
Wellington's Vocal FX chorus set the bar again with an international competition performance that earned them 6th place, and was probably one of the most innovative competition performances ever seen on the international stage (it included a haka - see it...more