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!
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.
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.
Why not hire City of Sails Barbershop Chorus to entertain at your next event? We can perform at corporate functions, charity events, community Entertainment events, birthday parties, christmas parties, awards nights, weddings, engagements, anniversaries, engagements, and even funerals and memorial services.