Although NZ has retired the Covid-19 Protection Framework (the "Traffic Light" system), the City of Sails Chorus still practices and encourages Covid-safe practices at its rehearsals.

While we are now able to hold physical rehearsals with no restrictions on numbers, we ask that all participants (members and visitors) not attend if they are showing any flu-like symptoms.

The public are most welcome at our rehearsals.  Please email us if you wish to attend.

  Updated 25th February 2023  

 If 2020 was a year of surprises, 2021, 2022, and 2023 were even more so! 

After celebrating our 40th birthday year (2019) with a win at the national competitions we were looking forward to hosting an Auckland Pan-Pacific in 2020

As the NZ champion chorus in 2019, we would stand down from competition for the following year - which suited us, as we had a big convention to organise.

Covid had other ideas.

 We moved to Zoom rehearsals but did manage to sing at a few rest homes (one gig was canceled twice because of lockdowns, but we got there in the end on our third attempt!).

We finished 2020 with our usual carols at Auckland Hospital, and a punishing (but enjoyable) set of 15 2-hour carols sessions at West City Mall in Henderson, where we set a world record (not yet ratified) for the number of performances of "Joy to the World" in one day.

2021 saw a multitude of cancellations or postponements - numerous sing outs at rest homes, along with key events in the barbershop calendar such as the National Convention, Harmony Education Aotearoa, carols in the malls, carols at Auckland Hospital, and VoCo all fell victim to the pandemic.

In 2022 it was the turn of the Pan Pacific Convention to fall victim to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.  We did manage to squeeze in successful HEA weekends at Waikanae and Christchurch.

2023, and who would have predicted that we would call off a rehearsal because of the weather!

Who ARE THE City of Sails Barbershop Chorus?


We are a bunch of guys who love getting together to sing!

The City of Sails Barbershop Chorus is an all-male a cappella vocal ensemble who sing in the barbershop style.

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We welcome visitors!


All our rehearsals are open to the public and to potential new members, so why not pay us a visit?

We rehearse every Monday evening gat 7pm, at the Balmoral Bowling Club, 14 Mont Le Grand Road, Mount Eden.  Rehearsals were suspended for the covid-19 lockdown, but are starting again from 15th June 2020 with the move to Level 1.

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Upcoming Events

  • "Duet" - Takapuna Concert

    "Duet" - Takapuna Concert

    Sun, 23 Jun 2024
    Join the City of Sails Barbershop Chorus and Sounds of the Shore this June, as both choirs prepare for the World Choir Games. Two Choirs, One Stage, in an afternoon ... more
  • World Choir Games 2024

    World Choir Games 2024

    Wed, 17 Jul 2024
    City of Sails Barbershop Chorus is very excited to be competing in the 13th World Choir Games! Over 250 choirs from around the world will come to Tamaki Makaurau Auckland, ... more
  • VoCo 2024

    Sat, 27 Jul 2024
    City of Sails Chorus is returning to the VoCo event for the sixth time! VoCo, or Voice Community, brings together some great community choirs, and is always a memorable event. ... more

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