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The Chorus will once again be performing at AllHallowgate Church Hall on Feb 22nd

posted Feb 7, 2019, 11:15 AM by Hh Admin   [ updated Feb 8, 2019, 6:09 AM ]

Here's a date for your. diary. On February 22nd we will be performing, along with other talented musicians, at the church hall of Allhallowgate church in Ripon. Adding variety to the evening, will be our very own ‘Misspent Uke’s’ with some wonderful medleys to get the audience singing along and there will even be a rendition of a monologue from the whimsical Mr Harold Blackburn. 

The HH Quartet will perform an introduction to barbershop style with something a little different, and of course their classic  ‘Birth of the Blues’ .

Also performing will be one of West London’s premier jazz pianists – Mr Errol Hui. 

The evening is a fund-raiser for the ‘Noreen’s Kids’ charity for sick children in Romania.

Tickets are available from Mr Harold Blackburn and are priced at £10. Call Harold on 07949 267344 or email haroldblackburn2@outlook.com for further details. 

The Chorus gains a presence on Twitter

posted Feb 7, 2019, 7:49 AM by Hh Admin   [ updated Feb 7, 2019, 7:50 AM ]

A new Twitter account has been established for our chorus. The Twitter address is @harrogatechorus. Copies of all our news items will be tweeted out on this channel as a further way of spreading the word. 

Chorus celebrates a successful year

posted Jan 5, 2019, 1:46 AM by Hh Admin   [ updated Jan 5, 2019, 1:52 AM ]

On Friday 4th January 2019 members of the chorus, along with many of their wives and partners, met for a celebration dinner at the Majestic Hotel in Harrogate. Following the meal the chorus performed a selection of favourites from the repertoire, much to the delight of all the partners present.

Many thanks to chairman Keith Riggs who organised the event. It was also nice to see Nan Weekes and Sylvia Doherty as our special guests. 

Chorus sings at Hampden House, 19th December 2018

posted Dec 11, 2018, 8:32 AM by Hh Admin   [ updated Dec 20, 2018, 1:17 AM ]

The Chorus made the short trip to Hampden House on Duchy Road in Harrogate to perform a Christmas Concert for the residents (and staff). The repertoire was a mixture of traditional barbershop arrangements of old favourites, plus some Christmas songs and a singalong section from the MisSpent Yukes.


The feedback was excellent as illustrated by the email we received immediately afterwards from the social organiser at Hampden House (see below).


Thank you also to Eva Jane for a couple of photos from the event. 





Email from Eva Jane

Hello Gareth (and Gang!)
 
Thank you so much for your efforts this afternoon, all the residents thoroughly enjoyed your concert. It really was a delight to hear you all sing.
 
We have various ‘entertainers’ visit us at the home and rarely have I heard such all round enthusiasm following an event. They are a tough audience to ‘crack’! So well done…
 
As I said my colleague has only recently left the position so I am a little ‘snowed under’ this next week or two, but will definitely be in touch in the new year to book you in again as discussed.
 
Please pass on my grateful thanks to your companions and I look forward to welcoming you all back to Hampden House in the new year.
 
Kind regards.
 
Eva Jane
 
Eva Jane Smith
Social Events Leader

Hampden House

01423 566 964



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.

 

We'll do as much social media follow as possible and link in to point everyone to the website. Please also feel free to keep us on any mailing list for future concerts, or any way that Spa Sweethearts WI could support your group.

 

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

 

Sam 


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

President

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!! 



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