River City Clippers

River City Clippers
Type of post: Club news
Status: Current
Date Posted: Sun, 19 Jun 2016
There’s never a dull moment at the River City Clippers. In preparation for the upcoming national convention in Newcastle later in the year we have started two new songs: "Bad Day" arranged by Steve Armstrong, and the classic “The Way You Look Tonight” arranged by the one and only Mark Hale. Both songs are off to a great start. Consider Yourself (Oliver) will be our contest uppie.
 
The Clippers competed in the Sunshine Region competition held in late April in Southport on the Gold coast. It was a fun hit-out and we felt a step in the right direction as we continue to improve. For three of our members it was their first experience at performing in public with us and their first Barbershop competition.
 
To help mentor our 5 newest members into chorus, we started our 4-week "fundamentals of harmony singing" course in June. This 0ne-hour session each week before rehearsal is our way of introducing new members to the jargon of barbershop, give them some one-on-one coaching and generally set them up for success.
 
Nick Ellis (MD of Bayside Harmony) will be helping us out while MD Richard Reeve is in the US during July for International Convention, Category School and Harmony University. Nick is joining us for rehearsals during June and will also be singing with us in Newcastle, given that his chorus won’t be going. It’s great to welcome Nick into chorus.
 
We recently performed at St Gabriel’s Carindale Music Celebration and our next gig is the Morningside Fair. Later in the year our first full production Cabaret will be produced at the new performing arts centres in Sunnybank.

We look forward to meeting many of you in Newcastle.
 
David Spillane  
Clippers Chorus and Marketing Manager