Barbershop Harmony Australia

Sydney 2017 Pan-Pac Convention Newsletter - Final Issue

Wed, 20 Sep 2017

Getting around Sydney during the Pan Pac Convention

Type of post: News
Status: Current
Date Posted: Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Most of the main Convention venues are within easy walking distance from one another. The following map shows the general Darling Harbour precinct. Please note, the walking distance and times indicated are from the International Convention Centre
The only venue not covered in the above map is the Grand Hall at Sydney Boys High School which is where the John Little Quartet Show is being held on the Wednesday evening following the Youth A Cappella Festival on the Tuesday and Wednesday. (See the separate article on this show and venue.)

Transport NSW travel planner

Darling Harbour Precinct Map  
Sydney Light Rail Map 
Sydney Trains Network Map 
Sydney Ferry Network Map 
International Convention Centre - Level 2 (Entry to Pyrmont Theatre) 
International Convention Centre - Level 3 (Entry to Darling Harbout Theatre)


The John Little Show - A great introduction to the Convention

Type of post: Festival News
Status: Current
Date Posted: Thu, 21 Sep 2017
The John Little Show is an informal Concert, prior to the main Competition on Thursday and Friday, aimed at giving competing Quartets a chance to perform, on stage, in front of a supportive audience. This is a great opportunity for competing quartets to hone their skills and has always been a great show to watch since it was first introduced at the Perth Convention in 2013. As an added bonus, our visiting feature Quartet from the USA, Crossroads may make a brief appearance.

The John Little Show is being held this year on the Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Auditorium at Sydney Boys High School which is located at 556 Cleveland St, Moore Park. This can be reached by public transport (Light Rail/Bus) or a short taxi ride depending on where you were starting from. Sydney Boys High can be entered from both Cleveland Street and Anzac Parade.

The Youth A Cappella Festival led by Deke Sharon, "the father of contemporary a cappella" is also being held at Sydney Boys High on the Tuesday and Wednesday.  You could go over to the School early and catch the Concert at the end of the Youth Festival running from 4.45pm to 6.00pm (ticket required, see below). This would leave you an hour and a half to grab some dinner at one of the numerous nearby restaurants before returning for the John Little at 7.30pm.

Tickets to the Youth Festival Concert can be purchased at the door. All details of the Festival can be found at Tickets are also available from Try Booking

All registered Delegates to the Pan Pac Convention are eligible to attend the John Little Show. Non Delegates can enter by payment of a donation at the door. 

A Great way to start the Convention! 
To travel from the Darling Harbour precinct, take the Light Rail from Convention Station adjacent to the ICCS to Central Station then take a 339, 374 or 376 bus. Overall travel time should not exceed 20 minutes and cost is around $5.

To travel from the City, make your way to Museum Station and take the 396 bus.

Please note: All travel on Sydney public transport is ticketless and requires all travellers to have an Opal Card pre-loaded with sufficient funds to cover the cost of the trip. Opal cards can be obtained from most Newsagents and other selected retailers.

Don't miss the Civic Welcome and Massed Sing

Type of post: Festival News
Status: Current
Date Posted: Wed, 20 Sep 2017
The Massed Sing is always a feature at all Barbershop Conventions but none more so that at the Sydney Pan Pacs with the Massed Sing taking place right in the heart of Sydney in the Amphi Theatre at Martin Place at 12.30pm on the Friday. (See location map in previous article) A feature will be an appearance by the visiting feature quartet from the USA, Crossroads,


Each of the songs to be sung is listed below and will be directed by one of our very own Chorus Music Directors.



Music Director

Down Our Way

Vicki Dwyer

Honey/Lil' Lize I Love You

Mike Ludwig

I Am Australian

Gary Kirk

I Still Call Australia Home

Andrew Bradley

Let Me Call You Sweetheart

Chris Daria

My Wild Irish Rose

Adrian Gimple

Shine On Me

Dan Bennett

Sweet and Lovely

Alex Morris

Sweet Sweet Roses of Morn

Kieran O'Dea

The Story Of The Rose (Heart Of My Heart)

Richard Reeve

Wait Til The Sun Shines Nellie

Peter Donald


Enjoy the fun of mixing with your fellow singers at an Afterglow

Type of post: Festival News
Status: Current
Date Posted: Thu, 21 Sep 2017
Some of the best and most memorable times to be had during our Conventions is when mixing and singing with your fellow barbershoppers during the Afterglow gatherings following each day's activities.

Informal arrangements have been made with the Pyrmont Bridge Hotel (see Convention map in article 1) to be the gathering point after the Welcome Gala Dinner on Thursday and the Quartet Final on Friday. No dedicated area has been allocated but we are assured ample room will be available for us on the 1st floor Terrace. They have also offered to discount drinks to anyone wearing a Convention Name tag.

On the Saturday evening, after the Showcase of Champions, a bar will be open in the foyer of the Darling Harbour Theatre. 

Showcase of Champions - Delegate entry

Type of post: Festival News
Status: Current
Date Posted: Fri, 22 Sep 2017
When you register at the Convention you will receive, amongst other things, your Convention booklet. you may note on Page 7 of the booklet that it states all registered delegates will receive a separate ticket to attend the Showcase of Champions on Saturday night.

Please note, this is incorrect. All registered delegates are entitled to attend the Showcase of Champions just by showing their Convention name tag to the door ushers on entry to the Darling Harbour Theatre.

Please also note, their will be no designated seating at this Concert.

Sunday Church Service - Change of Venue

Type of post: News
Status: Current
Date Posted: Fri, 22 Sep 2017
Please note that the Sunday Church Service was previously advertised as being held at St Andrews Cathedral in George Street Sydney, This has now been changed and the Sunday Church Service will be held at 8.30am at Scots Church which is located on the Corner of Margaret and York Streets in Sydney directly opposite Wynyard Park. Further details are as shown below.

Pan Pacific Convention Webcast

Type of post: News
Status: Current
Date Posted: Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Final arrangements are currently being made to facilitate webcast viewing of the major Convention Events as listed below :

Live Viewing
Quartet Contest - Session 1            A$10
Quartet Contest - Session 2            A$10
Quartet Contest - Session 3            A$10
All Quartet Contest Sessions           A$20
Chorus Contest                              A$30
Showcase of Champions                 A$35
All of the above                              A$49

Delayed Viewing
For Delegates only, available from 5 October    A$29

Visit the Convention Website closer to the event time for details on how to view these webcasts


Would you like to sing with an improptu Chorus on Saturday Morning?

Type of post: Festival News
Status: Current
Date Posted: Wed, 20 Sep 2017
If you are not singing with a Chorus we are looking for singers who would like to sing for the chorus sound check on Saturday morning.  
Would you like the chance to sing on the contest stage? Those who are not singers in a competing chorus  are encouraged to gather at 8:25am Saturday in the Darling Harbour Theatre for the sound check before the chorus competition.   One of the songs sung during the Massed Sing will be chosen. Please email Vicki Donnelly if you are able to assist advising your name & contact details. 


Reminder for all Contestants

Type of post: Festival News
Status: Current
Date Posted: Wed, 20 Sep 2017
Please ensure that you have all read the the relevant Contest Rules and the Contestant Information for Choruses and Quartets distributed to your respective Convention Representatives. If you have not yet seen this information it can be viewed on the Convention Website.

Evaluation schedules will be confirmed with contestants closer to the time with venue details.