We enjoy singing great songs in four-part harmony. Our repertoire ranges from traditional barbershop to pop. Bing, Beatles, Beach Boys, Jersey Boys, shanties, show tunes, doo wop – we’ll sing anything if it has a strong melody and beautiful harmonies!
The chorus and associated quartets perform regularly around Christchurch – with annual mid-year and Christmas shows, ANZAC Day performances and various public and private events.
Since early 2018, The Plainsmen Chorus has been in growth mode and we are keen to give more people the opportunity to join in the fun and congeniality of making unaccompanied song under our new musical director, Gavin Hurley. If you are considering joining you are welcome to attend a rehearsal. We offer an opportunity to come and sing with the chorus, experience the joy of a capella close harmony singing and meet a wide range of supportive men who are united in harmony. Perhaps you have already had some singing experience, perhaps not. It doesn’t matter, because if you are keen to explore further you will be given some singing coaching. We meet most Mondays at The Methodist Church Hall, 3 Brake Street Upper Riccarton, at 7:15pm (NB due to the Covid19 outbreak we are no longer meeting here but meeting remotely via the "Zoom" video conferencing tool.)
WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO LOOK AT OUR "INTRODUCTION TO THE PLAINSMEN" YOU TUBE PLAYLIST. CLICK HERE PLAYLIST .
If this is of interest to you, then please get in touch. You’ll be very welcome.
HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR AGM (not a phrase you hear often!)
Our AGM is not only an opportunity to plan our future year and elect new officers. It's an opportunity to celebrate our achievements in 2019!
MUSICALLY we set ourselves a target of a score of over 65% at our national convention. We achieved 68.2% and scored 2nd best chorus in NZ. More pleasing to Gavin (our Musical Director - pictured) was the Award of Most Improved Chorus.
Gavin has set us a new target for 2020 which will continue to challenge and invigorate us as a chorus.
A highlight of Gavin's year was his attendance at "Harmony University" in Tennessee which he described as "life changing"! As chorus members we are benefiting every week from Gavin's attendance.
MEMBERSHIP Ken Francis who is responsible for membership reported a 10% increase in active membership in the 2019 calendar year. Furthermore a flurry of activity in early 2020 has increased our active membership to 53 - an increase of 33% over January 2019! We now have a challenge with room on our risers! What a great problem to have.
Also exciting is that a quarter of our members are now under 25. These young men bring energy, enthusiasm and musicality which is fantastic for our chorus.
President Alan McKinnon acknowledged the vauable support of both CERT and the Rata Foundation.