|QUESTION. WHAT DOES THE PLAINSMEN CHORUS DO AFTER A LONG AND SUCCESSFUL YEAR OF SINGING?|
ANSWER. MORE SINGING?
Nowhere is our love of singing and the comradeship of our choral brothers more obvious than at our "Afterglow". Last night after our final (very relaxed) practice we headed off to the nearest watering hole for drinks, refreshments and more acapella singing. And we had the opportunity to acknowledge that 4 of our members had their 80th birthdays this year (Terry Maunsell, Terry Popplewell and Bryan Taylor and Bill Hotter).
Some wit pointed out that our very successful quartet (Promenade) collectively were not 80 years old - an indication of the vast age range of our members.
We wish all of our families, friends and supporters a Happy, Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year.
|Last Sunday we combined two very important and rewarding activities to create a tiring and fulfilling day.|
Firstly we had the privilege of performing in the Great Hall at the Arts Centre. To perform a short programme to an appreciative audience in an amazing venue was one of many highlights to our 2019 year.
Secondly we toured a number of Rest Homes and Retirement Villages and sung a short programme of Christmas Carols. The delight on the faces of the residents and the staff was clear evidence (if proof was needed!) of the uplifting power of music and of community.
|We are so pleased with our Chorus Results at the weekend. We were second in the Chorus competition and perhaps more importantly the "Most Improved Chorus". This is a credit to all members who worked so hard, our Musical Director Gavin Hurley for his talent and inspiration and to our families, friends and supporters. For those of you who are past members or considering joining us now is a good time as we reset our goals and repertoire.|
|Congratulations to The Vocal Network a quartet with long and deep associations with the Plainsmen - winners of the National Quartet championship and to all our quartets who acquitted themselves so well (special mention to Promenade - still students at Burnside High who were placed fourth). Along with the Chorus success it's been a great weekend|
|We are pleased at acknowledge the financial support of the CERT Gaming Trust which will allow upwards of 30 members of The Plainsmen to attend the Harmony Education Aotearoa training event to be held at Middleton Grange School in Christchurch on 22-24 March 2019.|
|We are pleased to announce that The Southern Trust has given us a grant towards accommodation and some airfare costs to attend the NZ Barbershop Convention in Tauranga 21-23 September, 2018|
|The Rata Foundation has generously given us a grant to assist with our operational expenses for 2019.|