Sing Out in a Brewery!
Stockport’s Robinson’s brewery invited us to sing at their open evening on Friday 26 Jan. It was a great success with a small but appreciative audience. Robinson’s organiser, Olivia was especially pleased with the evening. She will be leaving the brewery site soon to run a Robinson’s pub in Hale Barns. She provisionally booked us to sing at her pub in a few months’ time. Details to follow.
New Members Welcomed
John Tyldesley (photo, left) sings bass and has a son Steve singing Lead. John used to sing with Tydeswell Male voice choir. David (photo, right) has many years experience with choirs. Chairman, Simon Cashmore performed the award of Membership Certificate and personalised tee shirt. A very warm welcome to you both!
13th January Show Was a Blast!
Spring Bank Arts Centre proved to be an ideal venue for our barbershop show. The acoustics were perfect and all five acts excelled. Below are pictures from the show.
We do not have a photo of Affinity All Stars, but we DO have a video. CLICK HERE TO VIEW!
Harmony Revival Headline Show on 13 January
The line up is more that shown above;
Harmony Revival A well established Barbershop chorus who have been together for over 40 years. They will be sharing with you a selection of their favourite songs including ‘Leaning on a Lamppost’, ‘For Me and My Girl and Nevertheless, songs that helped Harmony Revival have a very successful 2017. They gained bronze for most improved chorus at the National Barbershop Convention and were pipped at the post by Affinity – see below – when Affinity got gold and Harmony Revival got silver at the North Wales choral competition in Llandudno.
The Four Pops Not to be confused with the Motown legends! The Four Pops will perform popular songs including Under the Boardwalk and When I’m 64. The quartet members are all local; Ian Grimshaw (Lead), Neil Firth (Bass), Alan Gee (Baritone), and standing in at short notice, Lance Pryce (Tenor).
Halo Halo are a 4 part harmony quartet, based in Stockport, Cheshire. Their songs include California Dreaming and Amazing Grace. They are dressed in white in the photo below. They are: Debbie (lead), Kirsten (bass), Nicola (baritone) and Jane (tenor).
SK4 We extend heartfelt thanks to SK4 for stepping in at short notice to regale us with their entertaining songs. They enjoy the camaraderie of singing together, including the social side but also love to perform and entertain audiences. Included in tonight’s songs are a couple of barbershop ballads, two Queen songs and a number from Grease. They are dressed in black in the photo below. Also from Stockport they are Alison (Tenor), Kate (Lead), Lynne (Bari) and Carolyn (Bass).
Affinity Young Stars Finally we extend a huge thank you to Affinity Show Choir. They do so much to promote Barbershop in our area including running a youth development programme and I’m very pleased that their Youth Programme ‘Affinity Young Stars’ are making their debut tonight performing contemporary numbers under the careful guidance of their Musical Director Jen who has been working so hard to provide a fun and confidence building experience for budding young singers.
Tickets are available from Spring Bank Arts Centre, New Mills, SK22 4BH. T 01663 308202 E: firstname.lastname@example.org OR wegotickets.com/springbank Doors open at 7pm. See you there!
Barbershopper of the Year 2017
Tony Johnston was chosen as Barbershopper of the Year 2017 in recognition of his promotion of the club. The photo below shows him with the Barbershopper of the Year shield presented by chorus director, Jack Haslam. Well done Tony!
Carers of Dementia Sufferers Receive Cash Boost
The singout on 15th December raised £399.12. On 19 December Harmony Revival sang at a dinner in support of this charity. The dinner was at the Pinewood Hotel near Wilmslow. As part of our performance we presented a cheque for £399.21.
Friday 15 December. Sing out for our charity, Carers of Dementia Sufferers, at Handforth Dean shopping centre SK9 3RW between 2 and 4pm. Later in the evening, from about 7pm the singing will continue around a few pubs close to and including the 3 Tunnes Hazel Grove, SK7 4DQ. Come and meet us!
Harmony Revival Chooses Carers of Dementia Sufferers as New Charity.
The group was set up a few years ago when nothing like this in Stockport existed. It is a group for anyone who is looking after someone who has dementia or has done so in the past. The group is now quite large with around 40 members. Apart from meeting regularly the group have activity days during the summer months which are free to members. Twice a year they have short respite breaks for carers in Wales offering a chance to re-charge your batteries.
If you care for someone with dementia or you have done so in the past we highly recommend you pop along to this group.
Contact details: Linda – 07599 33 11 93 email@example.com https://www.facebook.com/carersods
Harmony Revival Sing at Stockport Cerebral Palsy’s Xmas Bash
Stockport CP’s Xmas bash was held at Stockport County Football Club’s function suite. A great time was had by all!
Stockport Cerebral Palsy Presented With £733 Cheque
Presenting the cheque is Harmony Revival’s Tony Johnstone (right) and Ken Patchen (left, aka Lord Laughter of Bootleshire!). Receiving the cheque is Stockport CP’s CEO, Sarah Thomas and Clara Dolce (whose husband’s garden when young backed onto Tony’s old school Pontville High! It’s a small world after all!
There is a Christmas Party on Wednesday 29th November in support of Stockport Cerebral Palsy. See you there!
Come and Join Us ! Open Night Wed 13 September
Stockport Cerebral Palsy to Hold Charity Match
Stockport Cerebral Palsy is Harmony Revival’s chosen charity. If you like golf and are available on Friday 15th September this is for you!
Harmony College Aug 2017
The British Association of Barbershop Singers held their 39th annual Harmony College during the August Bank Holiday weekend. Hundreds of singers joined together to learn all aspects of our craft. Each day starts with a warm up before the real work starts. The top image shows the warm up. Harmony Revival’s quartet, Four Shades of Grey were there for some quartet tuition. The lower photo shows them in the sunshine with Linda Corcoran, Director of Great Western chorus, Bristol. Linda was Four Shades’ quartet coach. You can view the 2017 Harmony College Prospectus here.
Harmony Revival excelled at the British Association of Barbershop Singers’ Convention at Bournemouth on 27th May. The chorus achieved a massive jump from Division 4 to Division 2 in the rankings. The first song was Leaning on a Lamp Post, a story of romance. That was followed by For Me And My Gal, a story of the resulting wedding. Director Jack Haslam conducted the 1st song while Bass Section Leader, Jon Dawson conducted the second. All thanks to Jack and Jon for their efforts through the year to achieve this. Jack’s wife, Eryl took charge of presentation. She did us proud!
Meanwhile in the quartet competition our very own Jon Dawson sang bass in the quartet Brit Pack and came 3rd with a bronze medal. Listen to their hilarious “False Start” song by clicking here.
Alderley Edge Music Festival
In early May we entered the Alderley Edge Music Festival. We got 2nd place with a Distinction and 89 points. It proved a good spring board to Convention, singing the same songs in both events. The judge noted “A lovely chocolatey sound from the basses” and “An enjoyable well blended and thrilling performance”
Gold Medal Quartet, Finest Hour, Visit
Finest Hour are the current UK gold medal quartet. We were most privileged to be treated to a private performance on 25th January. Listen to their UK gold medal performance by clicking here. They will represent the UK in the world championships in Las Vegas in July. Good luck guys!
Roy Dawson Visits Harmony Revival
Harmony Revival was founded in 1974 by Roy Dawson. At the time it was one of the first barbershop choruses in the country. Roy was director well into the 1980s and some of our members remember those days. Roy still lives in Stockport and on 11th January made a welcome visit. Roy is in the front row in a light blue tee shirt.
Our Christmas Party was held on 21st December. A splendid meal was followed by a scratch quartet contest. Five quartets competed. All did well and the winners were the B Sharps, shown below with Sue Ward, former director of Harmony Revival. The quartet consisted of Ian Grimshaw, Jack Haslam, Chris Baylis and Ken Ibbetson. The Barbershopper of The Year Trophy, was presented at the party this year to Chris Baylis. The evening was rounded off by a raffle followed by karaoke. Karaoke star of the evening in my humble opinion was Jack’s wife Eryl singing Summertime! Many thanks to all who helped organise this event. Any volunteers for next year?
Harmony Revival have been singing, entertaining, and raising money for charity since 1974. We specialise in four-part barbershop harmony sung in unaccompanied a Capella style, and our aims are simply to enjoy making music among ourselves and to share that enjoyment with our audiences. We are members of the British Association of Barbershop Singers.
The songs we perform are both traditional and modern, representing a wide variety of musical eras and styles, from beautiful ballads to rousing show tunes, with a touch of novelty and a lot of heart. Composers range from Johnny Mercer and Hoagy Carmichael to John Lennon and Paul McCartney, with many great songs given special treatment by some of the best-known American barbershop arrangers.
There is comedy too at our concerts or singouts, with jokes from our compere and Master of Ceremonies Bill Hoose whose jokes are nearly as old as himself.