Welcome to the website of Wight Harmony, the Isle of Wight's premier male Barbershop chorus. Here you will find all you need to know about us - find out more about us, how you can hire us for your special occasion, how you can join us, where you can see us performing at public events, or how to simply contact us. You can also find out about a cappella singing in the barbershop style - 'What's barbershop?' Do check out our gallery to see Wight Harmony in action!
I am Dave Bryant, the M.D. [Musical Director] of Wight Harmony. We have around 40 very friendly singers who meet each week at rehearsals and work hard at learning songs at home. We love to perform at weddings and special occasions and would love to sing at any event you may be having.
We always welcome new singers too through "Learn-To-Sing" courses and by simply looking in throughout the year. I'm seen here with our latest talented Learn To Sing guys; six of them have remained with us.
We also have our talented quartet, Quaynote, who complement the main chorus’ repertoire at performances, and also compete in national quartet competitions, their latest success being at the 2018 Gosport Music Festival where they won the Barbershop Small group [8 or under] Class and the Christian Music Section with a credible 92% score . Quaynote are also available to sing at weddings and similar celebrations etc. – see https://www.facebook.com/quaynotequartet/ for details. We currently have three other developing quartets in the club - Thirty Quid, Part Exchange and MTQ.
We also love to extend a very warm welcome to all barber-shoppers visiting the Island and who wish to come to our rehearsals [details below].
Singing a cappella is great fun and so very satisfying. They say it's the harmonies! Come and try it out! If you are interested in listening to us, joining us, booking or visiting us, or simply browsing, welcome to Wight Harmony!
Through the year
After some 15-16 months of on-line rehearsals, it appears that we can, at last, have face-to-face 'live' rehearsals later this month! The Covid 19 outbreak has hit the choral world extremely hard so meeting each other for some harmony singing will be brilliant. We wish all singers all the best as they begin to meet together across.
May 2020: Like many many choirs in the UK and around the world, we are working our way through these lockdown times and doing our best to keep our choir in touch. Again, like many choirs, we are using Zoom to meet each other on our usual rehearsal night. Sprits are high in the group with all of us helping each other as any singer in a choir will understand. We do not know how things will pan out in the future but we love our wonderful hobby and believe that one day, we will be able to sing together when it's safe to do. As singers, we send our love to all choirs here on the Island, in the UK and around the world. Keep singing!
October 2019: Our treasurer and sing-out organiser Mark and his willing helpers had a good session at the recent wedding fair at Medina as they manned our Wight Harmony stall amongst those who attended. We LOVE singing at weddings and many couples came to Mark and showed an interest. Making connections with other wedding product suppliers is important and our guys made a great link with GEMS BRIDAL WEAR.
September 2019: It's the start of our bi-annual 6 week Learn To Sing Harmony course! An amazing 16 or so gents came along on our first night and a great time was had by all! The Wight Harmony singers did what they do well - making the visiting singers feel instantly at home, helping them through the first stages of singing in a male chorus whilst learning a new song - When You Say Nothing At All. We're looking forward to the next 5 weeks which include visiting educators and a celebration concert in week 6 for all family members.
June 2019: We received this wonderful card from Noah Pearce with a warm message to us all. Thank you Noah and good luck from all of us with your dancing in Ireland in October! We're so glad that you qualified!
May 2019: Wight Harmony chorus went off to Bournemouth on the South Coast for the annual BABS Barbershop Convention. It was the 45th Anniversary of the event and Wight Harmony sang in the chorus competition against 34 other male choirs. Closing the Saturday contest with a super rendition of two songs - Lately by Stevie Wonder and an upbeat song - You Took Advantage of Me, Wight Harmony finished up seven places and increased their percentage score from their 2018 score. We are over the moon with our efforts! We especially congratulate 4 singers who sang with us for the very first time, Dave W, Dave P, Mark Sh and Richard! Well done guys - very proud of you! DB
March 2019: What an amazing A Cappella Showcase we have had this year! Our huge thanks to the lovely folk at St Mary's Church at Cowes for being our host! A full house enjoyed wonderfully warm performances from Solent City Chorus from Portsmouth, totally engaging renditions from Wight Satin Ladies Chorus and top class, enchanting and inspiring renditions from the Camerata Chamber Choir. It was our privilege to host and take part in such a wonderful evening [above]. The show stoppers were the children of Northwood Primary School who beautifully sang with Quaynote quartet! Thank you to ALL the performers! DB
January 2019: As an organisation, the British Association of Barbershop Singers - BABS, holds a special weekend each year for all the directors of each chorus, to share new ideas and good practice regarding matters like directing, being a good leader and vocal techniques. Dave attended on behalf of Wight Harmony and enjoyed the presentation given by Jordan Travis, a highly sought-after speaker, vocal coach and adjudicator from America. [Left - Alan Hughes, the BABS Music Services Director welcomes us all to the weekend].
As 2018 draws to an end, we celebrate the number of performances we have done over the past 12 months. It has been our privilege to perform on the Island [and the mainland] a total of 30 times! This includes some private sing-outs , public sing-outs , charitable sing-outs  and private occasions . We have also collected for our adopted charity at some of these events. Performing to an audience is a wonderful experience and we’d like to thank everyone who has come to watch us over the past year.
December 2018: A very busy month! Really enjoying our sing-outs at Ye Old Village Inn in Bembridge. We enjoyed giving two performances there during the month, each with Christmas theme. We also sailed to Portsmouth and back on a Wightlink ferry, entertaining the travellers and raising money for Haylands Farm, our adopted charity. We were very honoured to be asked to sing at the Light of Love service at the Isle of Wight Crematorium; a very special occasion.
November 2018: Wight Harmony travelled across the Solent to take part in the Gosport Music Festival. The met one of the biggest number of competitors known in recent years but still managed to return with a 1st prize in the A Cappella section. Quaynote pictured with the adjudicator, right also returned with two 1st prizes in the Christian Music and Showtime Songs section. Part Exchange achieved a 2nd place on their first outing.
October 2018: We had the pleasure of inviting our nearest barbershop chorus Solent City from Portsmouth, for a joint rehearsal on the Island. Both choruses sang to each other, learned some tags and sang some songs together. Singers from both choruses thoroughly enjoyed the evening and plan to repeat the occasion.
June 2018: Make Music Day 2018: We enjoyed a super evening with Wight Satin, the ladies barbershop chorus on the Island, together with some new friends, curious to see what a cappella style sing in the barbershop style is like. Following this special time together, there are now plans to create a mixed, ladies and gents choir!
Our very own Steve Morris - club coach and club secretary - is voted Barber-shopper of the Year! Steve was nominated by members of the club because of all the things he does for Wight Harmony. He is seen here receiving his award from David Parkinson, our chairman. Well earned Steve!
May 2018: Another adventurous visit to the annual BABS [British Association of Barbershop Singers] Convention. Wight Harmony had lots of fun singing their new song for the first time - Over The Rainbow, now a very popular song in the repertoire.
April 2018: A sad time as we say a warm and heartfelt goodbye to two of our singers who have passed away this month. Dave Mackett, our current bass section leader passed away suddenly after suffering heart problems. John Blanchard, a super lead singer who had to leave the chorus because of ill-health, passed away too. Wight Harmony have been requested to sing at both their funerals. Losing close friends is always hard so it will be an honour to sing for Dave and John.
March 2018 : A very successful time at the Isle of Wight Music, Dance and Drama Festival in the vocal sections. Wight Harmony achieved 1st place in the Male Choir contest, 1st place in the Community Choir contest and 1st place in the Barbershop contest! We're over the moon with the marks too 90, 91 and 92!
Rehearsals take place each Thursday evening between 7-10pm. They take place at
Wootton Bridge Methodist Church
Isle of Wight PO33 4RE
There is plenty of car parking opposite.
Rehearsal address and map (Google maps)
There are regular buses to Newport and Ryde via the No.9 service.
- Wight Harmony - 07786 494 751
- Quaynote - 07973 767 257
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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- Here's our Events page.