|This past weekend at the Barbershop Harmony New Zealand national convention held in Christchurch, chapter quartet Hometown made the finals, coming 7th out of a field of 20 different quartets. Well done guys! |
For more info on Hometown, check out our Quartets page
|On Thursday 14th February, our Musical Director Antony Currington and the other members of Hometown Quartet(Robbie Lane, Gregor Neumayr and Jamie Latornell) were featured on Wellington Access Radio (106.1) as part of the Huttzone show hosted by John Macdonald - a couple of chorus songs were played, the quartet sang a couple of songs live, and we discussed why we like barbershop and a little of the history of the chorus. |
Check out the podcast recording here: https://www.mixcloud.com/johnmacdonaldnz/huttzone-20190214-antony-currington-hometown-quartet-and-the-harbour-capital-chorus
|For more information, see:||www.mixcloud.com/johnmacdonaldnz/huttzone-20190214-antony-currington-hometown-quartet-and-the-harbour-capital-chorus|
On Saturday December 15th we performed at the Hutt City Council's Christmas in Dowse Square event. It was a great day out in the sun for the families that attended. We sang a number of Christmas songs as part of the celebrations.
Photo by Masanori Udagawa.
On December 15th, the chorus celebrated the end of the year and all the milestones we've had. We also recognised a number of individuals in the chorus who have contributed to our year.
Congratulations guys, and thanks for all you've done for the chorus this year!
On November 4th, Steve Currington passed away after a very brief illness. Steve was a central member of the tenor and then bass section of the chorus for many years, doing a number of administration roles including Chorus Manager and Publicity. He was also the tenor of The Razor's Edge, a great quartet made up of HCC chapter members. Steve was also the father of our director Antony.
We'll miss you Steve, but know you'll be having a great time singing in the heavenly choir.
In September the chorus travelled to Sydney, Australia to compete in the Pan Pacific convention. The Pan Pacific is a special convention that runs every 3 years, and includes singers from New Zealand, Australia, Japan, the United States, and this time also included a quartet from Singapore. The convention featured the amazing Crossroads quartet.
After preparing 2 songs for some of the year, we were lucky enough to end up coming 2nd in the Barbershop Harmony New Zealand contest held in conjunction with the complete Pan Pacific contest (a sub category). The chorus was very happy with this result. We've been working a lot on improving our singing skills, and it showed in the scores we ended up with.
We'd like to say a big thanks to the guys from the Manawatunes who came with us to Sydney and sang in the chorus. The Manawatunes weren't planning on going, so we invited the ones that wanted to go to join us, and took a number of them along on the ride with us. It was great to bond with our brothers from Palmerston North.
We're now looking forward to next years contest in Tauranga!
On July 6th 2017, David Birdling passed away. He was a core member of the chorus for many years, singing a wonderful bass.
See his Memorial book here: David Birdling Memorial
We had a great time with our new members course. 4 weeks of teaching some of the basics, and getting guys involved in singing resulted in 4 new members. It's a great time to be in the chorus.
If you're interested, feel free to join us for an evening to see what happens and to give barbershop singing a go.