We have decided to suspend chorus rehearsals until at least 20th April 2020 (and possibly longer) when we hope to be able to better assess the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on our members. Also victim to Covid-19 are:
|Richard Harker took the City of Sails Chorus to first place in the 2019 Barbershop Harmony NZ Competitions held at Christchurch over the weekend.|
We scored 70.6 %, taking the gold medal for the first time since 2012, Might River Harmony and Canterbury Plainsmen were close behind - tied for second place with 68.2%.
City of Sails quartets QED and Block of Flats placed 10th and 8th respectively.
|When: Assemble at 3.40pm, already warmed up |
Where: 198 Great North Rd, Newton outside the NZ Defence Force Office.
Sing: At , , we will sing a 20-min bracket. The Navy Band will complete the rest of the hour.
Dress: Smart dark jeans or similar, black shoes, white shirts - open neck, chorus blue jackets.
|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.
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.
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).
|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).
|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 home page of the chorus website in the right-hand column.|
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!
|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.|