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 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.
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
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.
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.