Harrogate Harmony at the Sweethearts WI meeting, Nov 8th 2018

posted Nov 9, 2018, 8:15 AM by Hh Admin   [ updated Nov 14, 2018, 3:19 PM ]

The chorus provided the evening entertainment for the ladies of the Harrogate Sweethearts Women's Institute meeting held on November 8th. The chorus performed 2 sets of barbershop chorus songs, plus an interlude for the Mispent Yukes, an entertaining monologue from Harold Blackburn, and a song from the Elderly Brothers - Harrogate Harmony's own barbershop quartet. All was expertly compered by Gareth with his usual entertaining style, including an introduction to 4-part harmony singing at the start of the quartet performance.

The evening was very well-received and the letter below was received from organiser Sam Pugmire immediately after the event.

What a fantastic night Gareth, we were expecting the singing and we were not disappointed, but the overall show including all the extra parts, Harold’s monologue, the Ukes and the deconstruction of the quartet - not to mention the ongoing stand-up and your fantastic comparing - it was a brilliant night and I speak on behalf of the whole group as I pass on our utmost thanks.


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Thanks again and hope you and all the gents also had a fun night!



On behalf of Spa Sweethearts WI

22nd October 2018 - Rudding Park - Harrogate District Former Golf Club Lady Captains

posted Oct 22, 2018, 12:25 PM by Hh Admin   [ updated Oct 29, 2018, 4:18 PM ]

The chorus were asked to perform to the august body of lady golfers who have had the honour of representing their clubs as Lady Captain in the past. Suzy Stewart-Brown, the current president, presided over an excellent lunch at Rudding Park on a stunning autumn day with nature showing off all the glorious colours of autumn throughout the park.

The programme covered all decades of the 20th century in a varied programme which included a monologue delivered by the whimsical Harold Blackburn, and a quartet performance of Birth of the Blues by the resident quartet - The Elderly Brothers!

Here's a lovely note from the Organiser:

Hi Gareth,


Firtstly, many thanks to Harrogate Harmony for entertaining us at our annual lunch last Monday.  I thought you all looked splendid in your waistcoats and bow ties and sang really well.  Please pass on my thanks to all who attended.


Many thanks


Susie Stuart-Brown


Harrogate & District Society of Lady Golf Captains

07957 258859

Review of Spring and Summer Events

posted Aug 20, 2018, 9:35 AM by Hh Admin   [ updated Aug 20, 2018, 9:40 AM ]

The Chorus  enjoyed a busy and entertaining spring and summer 2018 with eight engagements between April and August.  Our venues included performances as varied as a vicar’s garden party, W.I., care homes, and of course the 1940’s Day celebrations at Valley Gardens Harrogate.

In June the Chorus welcomed Terry Burns as our new Musical Director.  Terry takes  over the reins for the new Club year from Harold Blackburn who retired from the role after many successful years.  Harold also handed over the duties of Chairman to Keith Riggs.  The committee is currently engaged in revising the chorus’s repertoire, retaining many old favourites and introducing new material.  

Saturday 11 August
The Chorus was asked to perform as a surprise at a wedding celebration in Knaresborough.  Emerging, supposedly as waiters, from different points in the dining room we performed six songs, eliciting an excellent response from the diners who particularly enjoyed joining in with us on Sunny Side of the Street, When I’m Sixty four and  Crazy Little Thing Called Love.  A joyful occasion!

1 Week and Counting for 1940s Day in Valley Gardens – Sunday 17 June 2018

posted Jun 7, 2018, 9:08 AM by Hh Admin

It’s Fathers Day and the forecast is for sunshine up until early evening. Get out the picnic hampers and bring the family along for a splendid, and very British, day out! We should be coming on stage just after 3:00 pm and there’s loads of entertainment and good music on beforehand. We hope to see you there in your 40s finery!

Tea and Cakes with the Vicar at St Peter’s – 10 June 2018

posted Jun 7, 2018, 9:02 AM by Hh Admin

Sunday the 10th of June sees us heading to the vicarage for a garden party for St Peter’s Church in Harrogate. Afternoon Teas, a BBQ, a bouncy castle and craft stalls will be interspersed with a bit of good ole’ barbershop melody! Come along and join the throng – entrance is a meagre £1.50!

A Delightful Dalliance in the Dales with the ladies of the East Witton WI – 05 June 2018

posted Jun 7, 2018, 9:01 AM by Hh Admin

It was wonderful for us to return to Wensleydale and put on a concert for the lovely ladies of the East Witton WI. There’s always such a warm welcome in the northern Dales and the Parish Room on the green in East Witton provides a delightful backdrop for a bit of barbershop singing. Renditions of some new songs for the 1940’s Day later in June rang out, along with a few fun classics like the Beatle’s When I’m 64 and the Drifter’s Under The Boardwalk. 

Having travelled the winding bi-ways along the beautiful River Ure on route, it was only fitting too that we commenced our programme with John Denver’s Country Roads!  We had a lively interlude from our very own Misspent Ukes and special thanks to the Whimsical Mr Harold Blackburn for his splendid and humorous rendition of the tongue-twisting monologue ‘Nell’. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the evening, guests and chorus alike, and we are ever grateful for the hearty supper laid on by our hosts. A very pleasant summer’s evening indeed!! 

18 May 2018 – A Fun Afternoon with Over The Rainbow Care at St Mark’s, Harrogate

posted Jun 7, 2018, 8:59 AM by Hh Admin

This award winning care provider invited us to come along and sing for another of their dementia day clubs, this time at the lovely St Mark’s church on Leeds Road in Harrogate. A fun afternoon was had, with the audience engaging well with a lot of our songs. Much merriment ensued with a sing-a-long rendition of Mud Mud Glorious Mud from our wonderful Mr Keith Barker and there was much toe tapping from the guests and carers alike when we sang Freddie Mercury’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love! A lively and fun afternoon was had by all!!

19 April 2018 – Matinee Concert for Over The Rainbow Care in Wetherby

posted Jun 7, 2018, 8:56 AM by Hh Admin

The lovely Wetherby Methodist Church on Bank Street was the setting for our afternoon of song with the Over The Rainbow Care dementia day club. We sang through some popular classics like Sentimental Journey and the HH Quartet gave a fine rendition of Birth Of The Blues. A fun afternoon was had by all and it was great to see some of our old friends from the WiSE (Wetherby In Support Of The Elderly) clubs coming along to join us too.

1940's Day, Sunday 17th June 2018

posted May 25, 2018, 12:46 AM by Hh Admin   [ updated Jun 3, 2018, 2:20 AM ]

The Harrogate Harmony chorus will be performing a set at the popular 1940's day held in the beautiful Valley Gardens in the town.  Come along and join the thousands of people who will be there. 

Last year the day was blessed with fabulous weather, so bring along friends, family and a picnic and get ready to dance and sing to the tunes of the 1940's. 

Click on the poster for a larger view. 

Oh What a Night - Showcase Concert 2nd May 2018

posted May 9, 2018, 10:50 AM by Hh Admin   [ updated May 25, 2018, 12:53 AM ]

The 2nd May saw the chorus perform to a packed house at the St Roberts Club in Harrogate. The chorus performed three sets, with the final set focussed on the songs learned by our 5 new members who had been working hard over the previous months to perfect their singing for their first public appearance. 

The granddaughter of what of the chorus members also performed a solo song, "From A Distance", accompanying herself on guitar. Not a dry eye in the house. 

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