Our chorus is very excited to have Gary Taylor as our new MD, at least for a trial period to determine whether he can commit, or whether we are worth the risk to his well earned reputation!
Gary comes from New Zealand and has had great experience over there with quartets and choruses. Now living in Australia, he is proving that his love of Barbershop remains still a very driving force. We have made an enthusiastic start to the new year and hope all works out for everyone.
While we welcome Gary, we also acknowledge the enthusiasm and great technical skills that Ricky Allen brought to the chorus during his couple of years as MD. Fortunately, Ricky will remain as a singer but work and study commitments, as well as an upcoming marriage, made the added MD role just too much of a commitment at this stage. Penrith Harmony are lucky to have talented members who can step into the MD role to cover unavailabilities. Over the Christmas singouts we were variously led by Ricky, Peter Fragar, John Livingston, Richard Wadick and Russell Davies.
The Christmas period provided many singing opportunities, including Penrith Homemakers shopping centre on Thursday nights and Saturday mornings, as well as performances at Penrith Panthers, and for the disability shoppers night at Big W, generally with enthusiastic audiences.
We say farewell to Geoff Simpson and wish him well. Geoff has moved up to Port Stephens but could prove to be a valuable recruit for the Newcastle Novatones.