|On Saturday May 7th the Chorus performed a sing out at the Ascot House Hotel in Harrogate at an event organised by chorus member Terry Byrne in memory of his late wife, Monica. The repertoire included many of the old favourites, and was introduced by "What a Wonderful World", a particular favourite of Monica and Terry's. |
The audience, who werer friends and family of the Byrnes, had been treated to a lovely lunch at the hotel, followed by the concert, and Terry generously provided drinks and refreshments for the chorus after the set was completed.
Nan Weeks was in attendance and kindly acted as photograoher.
|At this week's rehearsal two members of the chorus who had completed the Learn To Sing course were presented with their certificates by Chorus Chairman, Keith Riggs and Chorus Musical DIrector, Les Whitworth.|
Very well done to Roger Frier and Jeff Davies who are photographed below.
|Last Wednesday evening the chorus staged a concert for the family and friends of those who attended our learn to sing course at St Peter’s Church in the town centre.|
The course began on 20th October where attendees were introduced to four-part harmony singing. Over the following weeks they performed various songs to warm and relax their voices and learnt and mastered two songs which they sang alongside the chorus. After the concert the attendees were awarded with course completion certificates which were jointly presented by our music director Les Whitworth and chairman Keith Riggs. Of the seven men who joined the course four have decided to join us and they look forward to learning our repertoire of popular songs and joining us for local concerts.
We are all now looking forward to our concert at the Wesley Methodist Memorial Hall, a well deserved break for the Christmas and New Year holiday, and our annual dinner at the Ascot House Hotel on 7th January.
|Robert Aspin has been a member of Harrogate Harmony for many years, singing Lead in many of our recent concerts. Robert, a former mayor of Knaresborough, has turned his hand to more physical pursuits recently by undertaking a 150km walking challenge raising money for Saint Michael's Hospice.|
Robert completed his challenge last week and was rewarded with a wonderful piece in the local newspaper which sadly we are not allowed to reproduce on Facebook.
Robert is pictured here at the top of the castle steps in Knaresborough.
Very well done from all of his fellow barbershoppers, and should anyone wish to contribute to his sponsorship please visit www.just-giving.com/fundraising/robert-aspin
|Members of the chorus have been saddened today by the news of the death of one of our long-term members, Norman Robinson. Norman joined Harrogate Harmony in the early days soon after the chorus was formed and was a valued member for over twenty four years. He retired from the chorus nearly two years ago due to declining health.|
Norman, together with Mike Tasker, kept the tenor section going through some challenging years, and we knew that he could be relied upon to always give of his best.
Norman was a quiet person with a mischievous sense of humour and was a talented musician and piano keyboard player, and has written articles on music theory for barbershoppers over the years. Although Norman sang tenor, he had a natural bass voice and a good one at that.
Norman will be sadly missed and we extend our deepest condolences to Kath.
|Well, what a night it was. Peter Bryant came to coach the chorus and in the 2 hours he was with us he managed to transform our performance of several numbers, including, significantly, Perfect when for the first time we felt that we really were closing in on a performance-standard rendition.|
After the normal physical warm-up we sang a well-know Polecat, followed by several of our popular numbers including Sunny Side of the Street and Sentimental Journey. In every case Peter managed to bring out the best in the chorus and we all left feeling uplifted.
Well done Peter, and we would welcome you back any time.
Further words from Mike Tasker
Wonderful inspirational coaching session by Peter last night, and I am sure you will all agree, he showed the way to enable us to raise our game in the art and craft of harmony singing.
Also a hearty welcome to new singer Bob Vickers.
The coaching by Peter on ‘Perfect’ was really something different and gave us a new perspective on the song.
I hope I can cover the main points of his advice
I just wish that we had been able to record some/most parts of the evening, for us it was a master class. Our challenge now is to remember the advice and tips Peter gave us and to apply them in our future singing.
|On Wednesday 13 November we will welcome Peter Bryant, MD of Spirit of Harmony barbershp chorus, to Harrogate Harmony for a coaching session. Peter was MD of our chorus several years ago and we very much look forward to his visit.|
|On Wednesday October 2nd we will be hosting a "Bring A Friend" night at Harrogate Harmony. The evening is open to all comers, whether friends of existing members or walk-ins off the street, who would like to sample barbershop singing.|
We will demonstrate 4-part harmony and then give newcomers the chance to participate in a rendition of a classic favourite "Hello Mary Lou".