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.
St John's Church, Knaresborough, Cheese and Wine evening
Sat, 29 Feb 2020
As part of Knaresborough St. John’s Church social events programme the church hall was the venue for a marvellous evening of entertainment provided by the Harrogate Harmony Barbershop Chorus on Saturday 29th February 2020.
The sellout audience enjoyed hearing and singing along with familiar tunes from the last fifty years including, Country Roads, When I’m 64, Hello Mary Lou, Ain’t Misbehaving and On the Sunny Side of the Street.
While the guests enjoyed their wine and cheese, the programme included an amusing monologue and a delightful solo of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s song, ‘Love Changes Everything’ from the musical, ‘Aspects of Love.’ The entertainment was further enhanced when the chorus’s ukulele quartet, the Misspent Ukes, performed the Everly Brothers’ song, Dream, followed by a Sing-along Medley and the well known George Formby song, Leaning on a Lamppost.
The Chorus sang a selection of songs at the Panna;l Golf Club Christmas Afternoon Tea on December 22nd. We shared the stage with the Harrogate Reincantation Choir who also performed for the gathering.
The lounge at Pannal was packed for the afternoon session and it was great to see almost everyone joining in with the selection of songs we sang which were taken from our standard repertoire and supplemented by 5 songs from the Christmas repertoire.
Harold Blackburn enhanced the performance with his monologue spot, giving an amusing rendition of "Joyce The Librarian"
The Ukes did an excellent set of three well-known favourites with everyone singing along.
A Big Thank you to all members of the chorus for giving up their Sunday afternoon to perform.
Below you will see a couple of photos from the event and links to videos of three of the songs, kindly taken by Ian McNeill's wife Margaret.
The last of four December performances for the "Dancing for Well-Being group", this time performed at Chain Lane Community Centre in Knaresborough. What a joyful occasion, with Jackie and her team really getting into the spirit of the event and getting people on their feet dancing to our music.
The day was topped off with a presentation Christmas Card for the chorus, which is shown below. KInd words indeed and we very much look forward to being invitred back next year,
Harrogate Bloomers WI
Tue, 10 Dec 2019
Our first visit the the Harrogate Bloomers WI event was full of fun and (bad) jokes from our compere, Harold Blackburn. In addition to a repertoire of our normal songs, we sang five Christmas numbers, including a solo entree by Keith Barker for White Christmas, and a German verse of Silent Night by Keith and Mike Tasker.
Harold also entertained the ladies with one of his famous monologues; this one a tale of unrequited love by a vegetarian librarian - very amusing.
The Misspent Ukes put in an appearance with three singalong songs to get the audience involved.
Afterwards the chorus were invited to partake of a magnificent spread proided by the Ladies of the WI, for which we were all very grateful.
Rehearsal, including professional coaching
Wed, 13 Nov 2019
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
This song should not be considered as a classic Barbershop song, the audience will expect to hear something of Ed Sheerran in the singing, and will be disappointed if they don’t.
The pace of the song as we were singing it in the past was too fast - needs to be sung at approx. half the speed. This should help avoid the gabble when the leads have their lead ins.
The leads are way more important in this song than the harmony parts, so for the most part of the song the latter need to sing lightly so that the melody line comes through and reflects the way it is sung by Ed Sheeran.
Bar 31 needs a crescendo on the word ‘Home’.
These are the main points I remember, you will perhaps remember much more.
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.
Thistle Hill Nursing Home - Harrogate Harmony Barbershop Chorus
Fri, 8 Nov 2019
The chorus entertained the residents of the Thistle Hill care home today, when the audience contained 92-year-old Betty who was treated to a special rendition of "Happy Birthday"
The 8-song set also included two Polecats - "Wait 'til the Sun Shines Nellie" and "Let me Call you Sweetheart", both tunes well-known my many of the audience.
Some of the up-beat numbers also tempted on or two residents to have a little dance, ably assisted by the care home staff.
The Ukes did a 3-tune set including a new one for them - Lonnie Donnegan's "Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour On The Bedpost Overnight" which went down a treat.
40's Day in Valley Gardens
Sat, 22 Jun 2019
The Chorus was once again asked to perform a repertoire of 40's songs at the magnificent 40's day that is held every year in Valley Gardens Harrogate. In previous years we have sung on the main stage where singing without microphones makes it difficult to hear for all but those near to the stage. This year we sung on the colonnade and at other impromptu locations around the event. Here are a couple of photos from the event at which once again the Yukes performed a singalong medley.
The Chorus was welcomed back to Hampden House this year where we performed a varied repertoire of songs old and new. The Misspent Ukes also put in appearance with a singalong feature which many of the residents enjoyed.
Showcase Concert, Friday May 17th 2019
Fri, 17 May 2019
The Big Sing coaching day with Peter Bryant
Tue, 3 Oct 2017
This was a great day learning "Can You Feel The Love Tonight"