Sunday, May 5th, Vines Road Community Centre
Life on a high note for 25 fabulous years
“We came for the music and stayed for the friendship”
Plan an event and invite your friends and family. Expect a hundred or so guests for a celebratory afternoon tea, with a Sneak Peek at your competition items. Find you have more friends than you realise – in fact, over 100 more. CELEBRATE!
Geelong Harmony’s celebration of their achievement – 25 years of fine singing and friendship was an occasion of much joy, laughter, friends made and remade and excitement.
Titled “Hi-ho Silver Jubilee”* this event sparkled and rang with the beat of not hooves, but music-making. Guests entered through an arch of balloons into a richly decorated room, to be offered the promised tea and party food. The noise level grew as old friends met and former singers reminisced about their time with the group. The age level was diverse, with quite a number of original choir members being present, as well as children (and perhaps grandchildren) of current members.
The current chorus members had worked hard, planning the event over many months, decorating the hall, designing the commemorative brochure, organising raffles, anniversary merchandise and a silent auction, baking and arranging, and, of course, providing the essential woman-power to run the event. “Another cup of tea? Certainly.” “Can I interest you in some raffle tickets?” “May I collect your plates?”
After first cuppas had been consumed and the group hushed from chatter, announcements were made before the Geelong Harmony made their entrance and moved with their usual professional aplomb onto the risers. No fixed smiles here. They beamed with excitement and the verve to showcase their new pieces, already performance-ready and sparkling (with not a spangle in sight). Alex Morris’s charismatic leadership has Geelong Harmony working as one to produce harmony with razzamatazz.
Geelong Harmony barbershop wouldn’t be the same without barbershop quartets. Guests were treated to a taste of these. Humour abounded as each group mixed hi-jinks with fine harmony.
There was time for more chatting, tea and food, and guests were invited to bid in the silent auction and purchase jubilee wine and merchandise. There was time to look at the array of costumes Geelong Harmony have worn over their 25 years of performing. For the latest version, you’ll need to wait until after this year’s National Convention, in Hobart from 13-16th May. (Only those at yesterday’s celebration had an advance look, and we’re not talking!)
Then it was time to cut the cake – with Geelong Harmony’s musical directors past and present who could attend, being chosen for the task – Joan Humphrey (2005-2007) Lucy Jones (2007-2011) and Alex Morris (2012 – present).
After a hasty costume change for chorus members, the audience were treated once again to a Sneak Peek of this year’s competition pieces, along with several other songs from the repertoire.
Well done and thank you for a wonderful afternoon of entertainment and friendship. Thanks to all Harmony members who worked so hard to make high tea with Geelong Harmony such a success.
*Some of us are old enough to remember the 1950s cinema serial The Lone Ranger – who had ‘a mighty horse with the speed of light…”