News update April 2023

Type of post: Chorus news item
Sub-type: Knights News
Posted By: Bill Homer
Status: Current
Date Posted: Wed, 5 Apr 2023
News update April 2023

Well the first quarter of 2023 has been an eventful, exciting and full-on few months.  We began the year with an open evening which attracted 4 potential recruits, of which two have subsequently passed auditions and become full members.  Welcome to Sam Winwood (bass) and Terry Hannigan (lead).

February saw our first sing outs of the year; a quartet performing at a 50th birthday party and a sextet performing for Bucks Vision raising money for the blind and partially sighted.  We also had one bass, one lead, two baritones and two tenors attend ‘Harmony Brigade’ in Nottingham.
There was no let-up in March either.  10 of us had the privilege of singing at bass, Phil Whichello’s wedding which was an absolute joy and it’s always great to have an appreciative audience.  We also had our first couple of away days where we pushed the contest songs along a bit with Chorus Director, Sean Bui, weaving a bit of his magic and, as always, it was a good deal of hard work which reaped some pleasing results.  We’re hoping for a better turnout for the next couple of away days as we aim towards our goal of exceeding last year’s Convention score.  We capped the month off with the Watford Festival of Music, winning the Choir Class A6 trophy for the second year in a row and won the inaugural award for the best A Cappella performance:  the judge said of our performance:

“I did enjoy your take on this Smoky Robinson classic, Knights of Harmony.  A steady, punchy groove with warmly handled vocals and tidy lead work. 
Tricky harmony corners were confidently handled.  A lovely Brian Wilson-esque top to the line too.
Very funny interaction here by the way.”

A vibrant contrast followed with your ELO cover, with this groove tautly handled, with a rhythmic feel from the up-tempo energy.  The complex melodic work evenly controlled.  Lovely physicality of the lyric here.
Lots to commend in these two assured, entertaining performances.
Knights of Harmony.  Well done.”