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Chorus News

Come and Sing course


The chorus had a great response to the Come and Sing course in September and October with more than a dozen new singers completeing the course.

We are delighted that the majority of the those who completed the course have continued to attend and are keen to join the chorus.

Come and Sing - Week 1

Gosport Music Festival

An enjoyable day at the Gosport Music Festival ended with good scores for the chorus in the two classes we competed in. The chorus achieved a distinction and came a close second in the 'a cappella' class and were just one point short of a distinction in a closely contested Barbershop class.

Winning Trophies by the sea

Click on the image to see a larger version. An early start for those not staying over for the weekend saw the Chorus assemble at 8.30am to warm up in the corridors of the Pavillion Theatre in Bournemouth. Following a creditable 3rd placing with our first offering in Class 251 we returned just before lunch to give of our best to mark the last competitive sing out with Peter Mumford as MD.
Fittingly it was with 2 songs Peter arranged himself that saw the Chorus being awarded a mark of Distinction and the Richard Eton trophy (see below) as reward for our efforts. With ‘Cotton Fields’ and ‘Can you feel the love tonight’ fast becoming Chorus favourites the trophy capped a grand day out by the sea.

Chorus success at Sing 2014 in Harrogate

The chorus enjoyed a great weekend at the BABS National Barbershop Chorus competition in Harrogate. In addition to to enjoying some terrific singing in the competitions and shows, the chorus exceeding their own target, achieving 61.5% in the main chorus finals competition.
This placed the chorus 26th of the 46 competitors, 4th in division B and won us promotion to division B in next year's competition. It also placed us third in the list of most improved choruses.
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Sing 2014

Quartet success at New Milton Music Festival

Hot on the heels of success at PMF, the Quantum of Solent quartet (Ian Ayers, Steve Cusworth, Peter Mumford and Reg Stemp) achieved 'Honours' and won the cup in the quartet section of the New Milton Music Festival in a performance describes as 'magical' by the adjudicator.

Chorus appear at Portsmouth Music Festival

The chorus had an encouraging and enjoyable time at the Portsmouth Music Festival being Highly Commended in two of the classes in which we competed and enjoying some great singing from the other choruses.
In addition the 4 Directions quartet (Ian Barbeary, Andy Douglas, Roger Sutton and Dave Potts) were awarded the Charles Green Cup as winners of the Male Quartet competition.

Chorus featured in Portsmouth News

The chorus were featured in a full page article in the Portsmouth News on Monday 17th February following a visit by a reporter the previous week which had been organised by Ian Ayres. Great stuff Ian!
You can see the article here : Portsmouth News Article

New MD Appointed

Solent City Chorus (SCC) welcomes Vincent Iyengar as our new Chorus Music Director.
Vincent is currently working as Director of Music at a school in Woking and comes with a Masters and BA Honours degree in music. He is a qualified teacher and voice coach with many years’ experience of improving musicians and choirs.
Vincent will take up full responsibility for SCC in June when our current MD Peter Mumford stands down enabling him to enjoy the pleasure of singing baritone with the chorus.
We at SCC look forward to developing and improving our four part harmony singing in partnership with our new MD Vincent Iyengar MA, BA (Hons), LTCL, MISM, PGCE.

Upcoming appearances

The is preparing for appearances at the Portsmouth Music Festival at Park Community School in Leigh park on Sunday 2nd March and at Sing 2014, the national convention of the British Association of Barbershop Singers on Saturday 24th May.
Preparations are well underway and we are looking forward to building on last year's achievements.

Sing 2013


The chorus returned from the 2013 BABS national convention (Sing 2013) having enjoyed some excellent singing from quartets and choruses and also having improved their score and position in the chrous contest in Bournemouth over the bank holiday weekend (3rd-6th May 2013).
Some images and comments from the weekend have been collected on our dedicated 'Convention 2103' page:

Sing 2013

Music at the Res 2013

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The chorus enjoyed performing again at the Church of the Resurrection in Drayton on Saturday, 6th April 2013 along with soloist Rebecca North.

'Learn to Sing' course

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The free 'Learn to Sing' course has just completed and we were delighted that so many of those that came along have 'stayed the course' and joined us in the Christmas singouts.

Music at the Res

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The chorus completed another successful and enjoyable performance at the 'Music at the Res' concert at the Church of the Resurrection in Drayton on the evening of Saturday July 14th.
A photo gallery of the performance is available on our Gallery page.

Sing Southport

BABS convention 2012
Sing Southport 2012

This year’s barbershop convention took the Solent City Chorus north to sunny Southport for a fabulous three day event of singing and competition.

It was a new experience for many virgin participants (50% of the chorus had not been to a convention before). It was also a novel and unique experience for everyone because barbershop conventions are specially tailored to the location, the singers and competitors.

The organisers had selected the Southport Convention Centre on the promenade overlooking the Irish Sea and within sight of Blackpool Tower which could be clearly seen across Morecombe Bay. It was a majestic setting in which to hear the very best of barbershop singing from around the nation and from a world wide selection of barbershop singers. Every participant from Solent City Chorus took the opportunity to learn from others, take part in gang and afterglow singing and of course enjoy the food, drinks and the companionship of each other and a myriad of like-minded barbershop singers.

SCC in Southport

The standard of performance, presentation and singing of quartets and choruses reflected the best of the nation. It was exciting, captivating and entertaining, arresting and sustaining interest to a level of compulsive listening. Competition was intense and to put Solent City Choruses performance in context we faced a formidable array of large and very experienced barbershop singers. Napoleon said “God answers the battle prayers of the largest and best equipped armies.”  This was also true of large choruses as Gold, Silver, and Bronze places went to choruses with more than 48 members.  The small and perfectly formed choruses concentrated in a 10% range of marks and we were well placed in this group of 21 entrants. No longer green we have all learned a great deal from the experience and are fired up for the future and next year convention which will be held in Bournemouth.

Synergy in Mood and Music

An inspiring evening of tuition with musical coach Mark Burghagen, diction coach Ehren Mierau and our own Musical Director Peter Mumford.

Complementary couplets facilitating synergy between two or more individual items are well known. We are familiar with peaches and cream, horse and carriage, church and steeple and how they naturally go together. It was inspiring to experience a similar combination of Musical Coach (Mark Burghagen), Diction coach (Ehren Mierau) and Musical Director (Peter Mumford) as they encouraged and enhanced the singing of Solent City Chorus at a recent teaching session. The teaching was designed to improve singing as a performing art with good diction and accuracy of singing to a musical score. The combination captured extra energy and synergy when mood and music are appropriately brought together when singing as a chorus.

Mark, Ehren and PeterCoaching may be perceived as a means of achieving development, rather than as a diagnostic technique, and has been described as an activity that adjusts learning styles to provide the maximum help in the most effective way. It was certainly our experience at our teaching session on Wednesday evening.  Coaching includes techniques for exploring development in the art of singing performance and is helpful in the process of improving both individual and whole chorus performance. Coach Mark Burghagen was able to capture the mood of a song and eloquently describe the picture painted by the lyrics. He enthusiastically enabled all chorus members to visualise the progression of each scene described in the lyrics and to sing in a way and with the mood of the words expressively delivering genuine feeling and intonation. Developing this skill impressively improves the delivery of the song as does diction contributed by Ehren Mierau.

Quality is a combination of excellent procedures and skilful application. MD Peter Mumford contributed the essential musical techniques and notation so that performing art was delivered with quality musicality. He has been heard to say that making music is a matter of simple arithmetic combined with physical dexterity. Having gone through the scales and 12345 notation he added the numeral notes to create the correct sounding harmonising chords which our vocal dexterity attempted to reproduce (sometimes successfully!). Each chorus section practised their correct notes which when combined made the harmony. Coaching and musical direction applied to our songs ‘Old Cape Cod’ and ‘Ain't Misbehavin’  helped to improve our performance and technical skill when singing these songs. Solent City Chorus certainly appreciated an informative, developmental and inspiring evening with Coach Mark Burghagen and MD Peter Mumford. The combination may become as familiar as ‘sand dunes and salty air’ ‘Jack Horner in a corner’ or simply be as appetising as cod and chips in Massachusetts. The evening proved that team work gets results so many thanks to our team of expert tutors.

Success at PMF!

The chorus enjoyed a successful day at the Portsmouth Music Festival with trophies and high grades for their performances. SCC at PMF 2012

The full chorus won the Unaccompanied Songs section and gained distinctions in all three of the sections they entered.

The 'Straight Eight' octet won two trophies and also gained a distinction for their performance despite being reduced to seven cylinders as a result of a family bereavement.Straight Eight at PMF

Kings Theatre - 14 Jan

The chrous were delighted to join in the fun at the Kings Theatre as part of the theatre's Open Day event.

Kings Theatre The chorus sang two sets: firstly at lunchtime in the bar area as guests toured the theatre and then on-stage in front of a small but appreciative audience.
It was a great experience for all of us to perfor together on a real stage. We're now looking forward to doing more of this!