The group had its beginnings in March 1990, after a small group of 18 women were inspired by a performance of the visiting Sydney Town Chorus. This group of women has now grown in number to a vibrant chorus of over 60 members and growing by the week.
“We are a group of women who get a buzz out of singing, and are dedicated to producing the ringing chords of 4-part a cappella harmony and having a great time along the way!” said Musical Director, Jan McCarthy. “Our repertoire spans a wide and varied range, from Ain’t Misbehavin and All That Jazz to more contemporary hits like It’s Rainin’ Men, as well as songs with a distinctly Australian flavour – My Country, I am Australian, Click Go The Shears.”
Jan has sung in many different types of choirs since she was at primary school, but she says that nothing has ever challenged her and kept her interest as much as the barbershop style and the whole Sweet Adelines International organisation, which is the world’s largest women’s singing organisation. SAI puts a lot of emphasis on education and part of each weekly rehearsal is a vocal lesson where chorus members are taught correct vocal production and performance techniques.
“Our performances are versatile, and bookings may be arranged for events on any scale, from large concert or open air productions through to intimate events requiring only a small group of singers, or maybe a quartet.”
WHC loves to share their singing, with many public performances throughout the year, and they always welcome visitors and new members along to rehearsals. They are now offering a series of 4 free sessions to teach women about harmony singing and correct vocal production, starting on Wednesday 26th June at 7.30pm at the Farmborough Rd School Hall.