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  • Good To Be Back!
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 19 Nov 2021

    Another fun-filled evening, this time performing for the Bidbury Mead WI. 

    Great facilities, including a rehearsal room with acoustics to die for, a warm and enthusiastic welcome from the Bidbury ladies, and Richard on sparkling form as usual with some impromptu banter.

    Lockdown meant it was almost two years to the day since our last visit, but an evening well worth waiting for.      
     

  • Learn To Sing course concludes with a Concert
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 3 Nov 2021
    Learn To Sing course concludes with a Concert

    The 2021 Learn To Sing course came to an end with a concert for family and friends. The delegates and chorus sang the song we had learned together - Pokarekare Ana - and the chorus also performed some of our rep songs for the audience. 

    We were delighted to present certificates of attendance to the ten delefates who complted the course and we are also delighted that the majority have decided to stay on with us with a view to joining as full members. 

    More photos from the concert are here: Learn To Sing 2021 Photos
     

  • More silverware for Solent City at Fareham Music Festival
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 22 Oct 2021

    Solent City maintained their winning run with another trophy on Friday evening 22nd October, this time at the Fareham Music Festival. The chorus won the Peter Fielder Memorial Cup for best adult choir, achieving a “commended” ranking, and came narrowly second in the Barbershop Chorus category.
    Adjudicator Benjamin Costello commented on the lovely rhythmic energy of the chorus, and praised its singing for being moving and atmospheric. He also complimented Solent on a really enjoyable overall programme.
    Solent’s Musical Director Steve Morris said he was thrilled with the trophy win. “18 months ago we were on a real high: we’d just won two trophies at the Isle of Wight Festival, including best choir of the whole week – and then came lockdown. That meant we haven’t been able to sing together in person again until very recently, and Fareham was our first competitive outing since the IoW.”
    Steve added that the guys had continued practising on Zoom right through the lockdown, and had even learnt four new songs during that time. “But”, he added, “there’s just nothing to match being in front of a live audience again."

      

     

     

      
     

  • WOW! WHAT AN EVENING
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 21 Oct 2021


    WOW! That’s surely the only word to describe an amazing evening with the ladies of the Totton Sunflowers WI on 21st October.

    We had originally been booked to perform at Totton last year, but the lockdown meant the gig had to be postponed. But as Christine Peckham, booking organiser for Sunflowers commented, it was an evening well worth waiting for.

    “Uplifting”, “fantastic”, and “a glorious evening”, were just some of the comments received, and one lady added that at least one of our songs had given her goosebumps.  Although Solent performed a wide range of material, from love songs to upbeat and comedy numbers, the highlight was probably “Wellerman”, with the ladies enthusiastically joining in the chorus to great effect. 

    A really fun evening for all of us in Solent City as well, and a big thank you to the Totton ladies for their friendship and hospitality.

  • Our new chairman
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 15 Sep 2021
    Ian Barbeary was nominated and elected unanimously as our chairman at the club AGM on 15th Sept. 

    I'm sure you'll all congratulate Ian on his election to the post and we thanks him for standing.

    This is Ian's second stint as our chair and so we are in safe hands for the next year. 

  • Barbershoppers Of The Year
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  •  Date Posted: Wed, 15 Sep 2021

    As is traditional we voted for our Barbershopper of the Year  at the AGM on 15th September and this year the award was jointly won by Ian Ayres and Dave Potts. 

    Congratulations to them both.

    Here you can see the John Beck trophy being awared to them by our newly elected chairman, Ian Barbeary

  • East Meon Singout
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  •  Date Posted: Mon, 23 Aug 2021

     

    Finally, finally after all these months we got together again for our first sing out since March 2020.

    We were invited to sing at the East Meon Village Festival which was a celebration of the easing of lockdown restrictions. 
    It was an open air event so we were competing with other attractions such as the beer tent ,the hog roast  and children’s races.

    Nevertheless our singing was really appreciated: 

    “Just to say thanks so much for your wonderful performance yesterday "

    “Thank you for bringing your delightful choir on Sunday .Very accomplished indeed and I greatly enjoyed listening to them “

    See what you are missing !

    Contact us if you would to hear our distinctive sound at your special event 
  • Coming Soon
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 18 Jun 2021
    We are getting ready to meet again in person - starting with outdoor rehearsals, preparing for indoor rehearsals as regulations are relaxed and even thinking about singing to audiences.
    We'll post more information here as soon as events are arranged. 

    We have started to take preliminary bookings for some sessions so if you would like us to sing for you please get in touch via e-mail to 
     
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