Sound Connection was awarded the bronze medal in the hotly contested Pan Pacific open barbershop chorus competition held last weekend in Wellington NZ.
Competing against 22 other international, local and regional choruses, including some from the Gold Coast, Redlands, Toowoomba and Brisbane, Sound Connection was proud to come away as the highest scoring Australian chorus.
Broadwater Rotary Traditional Christmas Markets Dec 2013
From Sanctuary Cove to the new Broadwater Parklands where the traditional Christmas Markets were just starting. With crowds gathering to spend the evening in the parklands, the chorus wandered through the markets spreading Christmas cheer to all. It was especially rewarding to sing for the appreciative audience, particularly the children.
From Oxenford to Sanctuary Cove, time for a quick iced coffee from George's Restaurant at Sanctuary Cove before heading over to the Village Theatre to sing to the exiting audience form the magic show. What a surprise for them to come out into the bright sunshine to be greeted with â€˜snowy' Christmas songs. The chorus then took to the streets around Sanctuary Cove to sing to shoppers and restaurant goers.
With the car park already full at 10:30 parking was at a premium when the members arrived ready to sing for Bunnings Oxenford Christmas shoppers. Wondering though the store singing a variety of Christmas songs old and new, with shoppers tapping toes and singing along, the Christmas cheer was well and truly spread. Wishing all of Bunnings Oxenford customers and staff a Happy Holiday season.
Cancer Council - Prostae Cancer Fundraiser with Miner Chords
With Miner Chords Chorus and High Altitude Harmony Chorus, the blokes from Sound Connection Chorus presented an entertaining evening at the old Courthouse in Ipswich. The event was to raise funds for much needed research for Prostate Cancer with almost $1000.00 being added to the coffers. Sound Connection was delighted to be asked to support their brother chorus at Ipswich. The concert started with all three choruses presenting the traditional melody â€˜The Old Songs', sung by barbershop choruses around the world at the beginning of each rehearsal. Singing to a packed house Sound Connection ended the concert with their favourite song â€˜the Impossible Dream' ably directed by Drew Carolan
The chorus held their winter retreat at Lake Perseverance near Crows Nest (Qld). The first weekend in August started off chilly, but by the end of the weekend everyone was warm and enthusiastic about the hints and skills passed on by master coach Darrin Drown.
After many weeks of focused singing and choreography practise, the Sound Connection chorus were absolutely delighted with their first place result at the Barbershop Harmony Australia (BHA) Sunshine Region competition at Toowoomba on the weekend of 27th and 28th April 2013.
After braving the one hour plus delays on the Toowoomba range on the Friday night the chorus joined with other BHA choruses from the region early on Saturday morning, in a massed sing at Alford Place in the city centre. (site of the 2011 flash flooding through the centre of Toowoomba).
The delegates then gathered at Downlands College to compete in the annual Sunshine Region(Qld) BHA competition. They were hoping to make it two in a row after winning in 2011 after just three months of singing together as a chorus.
The chorus would like to congratulate all of the competitors and thank the organisers for such a successful weekend of singing, friendship and camaraderie.
What an absolute buzz to share the stage with world champions, Ringmasters Quartet from Sweden, as they presented their unique brand of dazzling a cappella harmony in the last of their three Australian appearances.
Our first joint show with Vocalescence, held at the Village Theatre, Sanctuary Cove. Enjoyed by almost 300 audience members, the highlight was undoublty the opening act of Tiny Tenors singing 'Christmas is Coming' sung as a 'round'. And there were very few dry eyes after the finale of 'Let There be Peace on Earth', sung by the entire cast (along with their loved ones) as they surrounded the audience.
Our second charity peformance and third public performance. With stand-in MDs Sam Smith and Paul Roussell, we were very pleased to perform for the family and friends of the Livingstone College. Even with the sun shining directly into our eyes, so all we could see of the MDs was shadow, we managed to present a polished package to resounding applause.