Harmony Chorus

Local choir wins bronze at National competition  – or Making  Local Musical Connections – or ??

Making wonderful music in four-part A Capella barbershop style harmony is the reason 40 local women from around Nelson and Tasman come together every Thursday night at Club Waimea in Richmond for a weekly fix of singing and friendship. They have achieved a lot together in recent years and are very proud of it.

They are especially proud to have just returned from a very successful National Barbershop Contest in Auckland.  Their excellent performance on stage enabled them to walk away with 3rd place in the AA (midsize) chorus category, and even better, the highest score they have ever achieved in their 30-year history!

“Singing is good for the soul!” says choir member Carole Brown, explaining the buzz of literally being in tune with each other. “We love being together, working to improve our personal vocal skills, helping others learn and most of all we love to sing together. Singing together as a team we create a whole other exciting energy and that connects us with the audience. It is exhilarating for us. We love to see the joy our music brings to people in our audience”.

Although the A Capella group takes its singing seriously and often competes at a national level, it also works in an encouraging and supportive way. Easy auditions are held for anyone wanting to join, but as Carole explains, “you don’t need to be a ‘pro’ to join. Those who would like to sing are invited to come and find their voice with us, and we provide heaps of support for novice or first-time singers”.

Nelson Bays Harmony often hold Singing Workshops and Open Nights for those interested to be able to come along and check out what this musical buzz is about.  They are holding their next six week Singing Workshop starting June 1st and are inviting anyone to come along if they want to sing, love to sing, improve vocals or just want to meet new friends.  The workshop song will be the highly successful kiwi song ‘Something in the Water’ by Brooke Fraser.  Training will be provided by experienced vocal coaches.  For more details or to book a space contact Carole on 027 436 0910 or visit www.nelsonharmony.org.nz.



Bronwyn Kirby

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