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 Raise £379 for charity
On 16th December the chorus performed at Handforth Dean shopping centre. Public Relations Officer, Tony Johnstone, organised a pub crawl afterwards where we sang at the Horse and Jockey, the Three Tunnes and finally Hazel Grove Bowls & Tennis Club. Alexandra Ingleson and Sue Ward are the ladies with buckets who did most of the collecting. The money was donated to Stockport Cerebral Palsy.
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.