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Oh What A Night!

posted Nov 2, 2017, 2:03 AM by Hh Admin   [ updated Nov 2, 2017, 2:30 AM ]

The "bring a friend" night at the Chorus rehearsal on Wednesday November 1st was a great success. 9 new potential members joined the chorus for a warm-up led by Keith Barker, and an introduction to barber shop singing, led by Harold Blackburn and Mike Tasker. 

One of our favourite songs, "Hello Mary Lou", was selected as the song which the chorus, including its new 9 potential members, would learn over the course of the evening. The newcomers quickly found the voice range that suited them best, and 4 members each were added to baritone and lead sections, with one bass addition. 

The photo on the left shows the smiling faces that singing brings, particularly when achieving something new as these people did in the space of a couple of hours. Click on the photo for a larger view.


The Chorus Livens up The Green Hut

posted Oct 11, 2017, 2:47 PM by Hh Admin   [ updated Oct 26, 2017, 4:16 AM ]

Wednesday lunchtime at the Harlow Friendship Society was livened up by a performance of some of our repertoire at the headquarters - known locally as the little Green Hut on Harlow Lane, Harrogate. Chorus Member Terry Byrne is a founder member of the group and President of the Green Hut charity. The performance was enjoyed by about 25 members who braved the lunchtime monsoon weather to hear us perform. 

See also THIS LINK for the testimonial written by organiser Pat. 

A Busy Week for the Chorus

posted Sep 30, 2017, 1:30 AM by Hh Admin   [ updated Oct 5, 2017, 1:20 AM ]

The week of September 25th was a busy one for the Chorus. On Wednesday 27th we entertained Doug and his friends from Loughton, Essex, on their annual trip. 40 or so people packed the dining room at the Dower House hotel for the evening and they turned out to be a fun=living bunch who really enjoyed singing themselves as well as listening to the chorus. 

On Friday we gave a full concert to the Hampsthwaite Village Society in their Memorial Hall. The chorus performed the full repertoire, and also included a few speciality spots by the Misspent Ukes, a monologue by Harold Blackburn, a comedy song by Ian McNeil and a quartet performance of Birth of the Blues. 

Saturday 30th was the Big Sing! We got together with 3 other small local choruses (Daytones from Clifford, Northern Acchord from Teesside and White Rose from Leeds/Bradford) for a day of professional coaching and learning the popular song "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" from the musical The Lion King. 

Musical director Peter Bryant took a video of the final performance which you can see by clicking the image below. 

Can You Feel The Love Tonight



AN INTRODUCTION TO BARBERSHOP SINGING

posted Sep 20, 2017, 2:29 PM by Hh Admin

On Wednesday 1st November from 7.30 to 9.30pm Harrogate Harmony Barbershop Chorus will be running an open evening to introduce men of all ages to the art of close harmony, barbershop singing.


The evening, which is free of charge, will comprise a brief introduction, a voice warm up session and a demonstration by the chorus. Guests will be invited to select which voice part best suits them and then all will break off into sections ( tenor, lead, baritone or bass) to learn a classic barbershop song, Hello Mary Lou.


After a break for tea, coffee and biscuits we will all join together as a chorus to sing the song together in four part harmony.

 If time permits we will also try a second barbershop classic, Under the Boardwalk.


Videos of both songs are available on our website www.harrogateharmony.org.uk


For more information or to reserve your place please call Harold Blackburn on 07949 267344 or by email to chairman@harrogateharmony.co.uk


The evening will be held at St Pauls Church rooms, Victoria Avenue HG1 1EL, opposite Harrogate library. Free on street parking is available.


All will be assured of a warm and friendly evening and will come away with a relaxed and enjoyable taste of close harmony singing.

LUNCHTIME JOLLYMENT AT THE WiSE ELDERBERRIES IN WETHERBY

posted Aug 30, 2017, 2:53 AM by Hh Admin   [ updated Aug 30, 2017, 3:20 AM ]

On the 16th of August, we were back performing for our good friends at Wetherby In Support of the Elderly (WiSE).

 

For the occasion of the WiSE Elderberries monthly gathering, we put together a lively programme which included Sittin’ On Top Of The World, Under The Boardwalk and a number of classics from our 1940’s Day set in Valley Gardens earlier in the year. Our Musical Director for the day was Terry Burns, who did a fine job in both leading us and nurturing some bon accord with the assembled guests.

 

A couple of the Misspent Ukes led a lively audience in some community singing at the end of our first set and there was much merriment and clapping as we closed with some good old 70’s Rock - performing Queen’s Crazy Little Thing Called Love. This is a song written about Elvis Presley and it was most apt to be singing it on the day of the 50th anniversary of the ‘King’s’ death.

 

For the first time the Chorus appeared in their newly acquired ‘Yorkshire’ blue, short-sleeved shirts. With it being the middle of August and quite a hot and humid day, it was a very appropriate christening of the new garb and the chaps looked very smart to boot!

 

The venue at Wetherby Social Club was ideal for a bit of a show, with a good sized concert room and stage. The Chorus were thoroughly spoilt, having a sumptuous dressing room – in a bar can you believe! And then there was tea and cakes lavished upon them during the interval!! A big thank you goes out to all the staff at the Club and, indeed, the staff and helpers from our hosts at WiSE. We very much enjoyed the day and look forward to singing for them again in the near future.

Wise Aug 17


Members - Don't Miss the Big Sing on September 30th

posted Aug 27, 2017, 9:37 AM by Hh Admin   [ updated Aug 28, 2017, 10:58 AM ]

See poster for details. Also, here is a video of how the song we will be learning should be sung!

Can you feel the love tonight



Daytones Summer Barbecue

posted Aug 13, 2017, 1:52 PM by Hh Admin

Several members of the chorus were invited to join the Wetherby-based Daytones barbershop chorus at their summer barbecue held at the East Keswick village hall. The sun shone on the occasion, and following a hearty barbecued hog roast lunch the members and guests were treated to a repertoire of songs from the chorus including a guest appearance by the Harrogate Harmony Members. 

Pat Doherty

posted Aug 6, 2017, 1:22 AM by Hh Admin

With a sense of deep sadness we have to report the death of one of our members. Pat Doherty has been a member of the chorus for the last three years, has sung in almost all of our concerts in recent times, and was also a key member of the Mispent Ukes. Pat was taken ill on Tuesday 1st August and died in hospital on Friday 4th. He will be sorely missed and our condolences go out to his family and in particular to his wife Sylvia.

Whixley WI enjoy an evening of entertainment

posted Jul 6, 2017, 12:07 AM by Hh Admin   [ updated Jul 6, 2017, 10:42 AM ]

July 4th saw the chorus assemble in the village of Whixley for the summer garden party of the Whixley WI. Sadly the weather did not play ball that evening, so the concert was held in the garden room of the house hosting the event which created an intimate atmosphere. 

The audience were extremely responsive and fully engaged with the performance such that the interlude performed by the MisSpent Ukes turned into a very lively singalong. 

Some quotes from the evening:
  • "Just to say big thanks for inviting everyone in for what proved to be a super evening last night. Thanks also to Ian for sorting out the 'barbershop' guys. Really enjoyed it all. Kay H" 

  • "Just wanted to say what a memorable evening we all had in your lovely home, so kind of you both to invite us there. Everything was superb and I'm sure we all went home singing, I certainly did ..Many thanks Sheila L 

  • "Thank you both for organising a very enjoyable evening last Tuesday.  The venue, thank you Margaret and Ian,  the food and of course, the entertainment, were excellent.   From the buzz and the enthusiastic clapping I think everyone there thought so too."


Red Hot entertainment in Valley Gardens for 40's Day

posted Jun 18, 2017, 2:06 PM by Hh Admin

Our chorus sung in the baking heat of a Sunday afternoon in front of thousands of people attending the annual 40's day in Valley Gardens. A special 40's-themed repertoire had been developed to capture the mood of the day, and despite a few problems with the sound system the performance was well-received by the appreciative audience. 

The Mis-Spent Ukes did their spot in the middle of the performance, and the quartet singing "Birth of the Blues" also went down well with the crowd. 

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