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.

Roy Dawson 17 Jan 2017

Christmas Party

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 7 Make their Debut

The Travellers Call in Great Moor had a Christmas Fair in their garden on 10th December. Organiser Mel asked if Harmony Revival could do a spot. Harmony 7 was quickly formed and went down very well indeed. A week later the septet was booked again to sing at the Kingfisher pub in Poynton.

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Finest Hour Perform in Stockport

Finest Hour won the quartet competition at the British Association of Barbershop Singers’ Convention in Harrogate in May. They were the highest ever scoring quartet with a score of over 80%.  They were the main attraction at the Irish Association of Barbershoppers (IABS) Convention in Cork in October where webmaster Chris Baylis was privileged to hear them again. Finest Hour will represent Britain at the International Quartet Competition in Las Vegas in July 2017. The picture below shows their performance in June in Stockport in front of an appreciative Harmony Revival.

Harmony Revival  at Convention in May

Harmony Revival will compete again at the British Association of Barbershop Singers’ (BABS) Convention in Bournemouth on Saturday 27th May 2016. All supporters most welcome. See full details on the BABS Website

2015 Barbershopper of the Year Award

Graham Lake sings lead and is a member of  our quartet, 4 Shades of Grey. Of several nominees Graham won the award which was presented at a rehearsal in February. Photo to follow.

First Barbershopper of the Year Award, 2014

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Roger Wilkson our Public Relations Officer was named Barbershopper of the year and awarded the Stan and Mary Waters Trophy. The shield was presented by Club Chairman at our first rehearsal night of 2015.

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Christmas Singout Sainsbury
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Harrogate Convention 2014
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40th Anniversary Party
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Second place Alderley Edge Music Festival
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Llandudno Convention 2013
Children in Need
Christmas Singout Sainsbury
High Lane show pictures
High Lane Village Hall Show

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.

11 Responses to

  1. Amy Perkins says:

    Hi there,
    Could you advice me … do you do private bookings?

  2. Hi Amy
    Yes we do, give me a call for more information.
    Roger – 07768 733619.

  3. sharon hampton says:

    hi am sharon alan gees sister .i live in blackpool .we met up with alan last week while we were staying in didsbury alan was telling me how much he is enjoying being part of your band /choir .regards sharon

  4. Lauren says:

    Hi there,

    I’m looking to book a group to come and surprise my mum on her 60th birthday. I would require hiring the four-part barbershop quartet to sing Paul Mcartney style songs for just a short time on Sunday 27th July in the afternoon (around 2pm). Is this possible and if so how much would it cost?

    Many thanks!

    Lauren

    • Ken Miles says:

      Hi Laura,

      Thanks for your interest,I’ve passed your info to our booking officer Roger Wilkson and he will contact you later this week.

      Kind regards

      Ken

  5. Lyndsay frost says:

    Hi Im just enquiring about booking your quartet to sing for my mum in york on the 2nd August 2014? Could I possibly have a price on this please? Just a simple happy birthday would be great
    Thanks

  6. Kathryn Morgan says:

    hi, I am looking for a quartet to sing at my 60th birthday celebration on 03 May. Do you have any availability and cost?
    Kathryn Morgan

  7. Alan Weatherilt says:

    Thank you for the warm welcome last Wednesday (8/02015). I felt right at home up there on the risers and singing along with Barclay’s help. Thank you too, the three Kens for the Con Club conviviality and the lift home. It’s a memory I’ll share with my chorus, Bayside Harmony, when I get back to Australia.
    Incidentally, you might get a laugh out of “I’m a Grumpy Old Man song” on You Tube.
    All the best,
    Alan Weatherilt

  8. Ken Miles says:

    It was great to meet you Alan and we enjoyed learning about your chorus and the news from Australia.
    Hope all goes well for you and your chorus in future.
    Cheers

    Ken

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