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!
November: Wight Harmony has just returned from a visit to Gosport for their Music Festival and what a day it was! Competing against other barbershop groups on the South Coast, Wight Harmony won first prize in the Barbershop 18 voices and over Class AND first prize in the A Cappella Class! Making the most of the day, we split our choir into two and won first prize in the Barbershop 8 - 18 voices Class too! Quaynote claimed two firsts as well in the Barbershop - 8 voices and under Class and the Christian Music Section. Singing on the ferry both ways provided some on-board entertainment!
October: "Thank you everyone who came to our 40th Anniversary Show at Medina Theatre! And a huge thank you to all the performers - Unity Stompers Jazz band, Company-B, Wight Satin, Cinnamon, and Quaynote."
October: Thank you to all the gentlemen who came along to our Learn To Sing Course. We are running an extension to it and the guys currently with us are doing an amazing job picking up skills for close-harmony singing - a cappella style. If you are interested, you do not have to wait for a learn To Sing course, just roll up on a Thursday night at Wootton Methodist Church, and you will be made most welcome.
May: Following our A Cappella Showcase at Trinity Theatre in Cowes, we performed at the Bournemouth International Centre on the South Coast for the British Association of Barbershop Singers [BABS], along with 36 other males choruses in a competition. Wight Harmony raised their previous percentage score by 5%, a great achievement by the Island boys!
Since then we have had the honour of singing at several weddings and other occasions around the island. Here's a recent testimonial from a happy couple:
Jake and I just wanted to get in touch to thank you all so much for the wonderful performance you put on at our wedding at Osborne House. It was wonderful to walk into the gardens when we arrived to have you all there singing to greet us. We both agree that one of our most favourite memories of the day is when you sang Can You Feel The Love Tonight just for us. So many of our friends and family have told us how much they enjoyed the performance, it really made for a special day. We have a video of you all singing which we would be happy to send over if you wish, we haven't got the wedding photos yet but when we do we will be sure to send some copies to you.
2017 - a busy year! And that doesn't include all the new songs we're learning!
Welcome to the website of Wight Harmony, the Isle of Wight's premier Barbershop singing chorus. Here you'll find all you need to know about us, that is, how we enjoy our great hobby of acappella singing in the barbershop style, how you can join us and how you can book us for your special occasion.
I am Dave Bryant, the M.D. [Musical Director] of Wight Harmony. We have around 40 very friendly singers who meet every Thursday at Wootton for a weekly rehearsal and attend many sing-outs and competitions. We always welcome new singers too through "Learn-To-Sing" courses and by simply looking in throughout the year.
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 2017 Gosport Music Festival where they won the Barbershop Small group [8 or under] Class and the Christian Music Section with a credible 90% score . They are also available to sing at weddings and similar celebrations etc. – see https://www.facebook.com/quaynotequartet/ for details.
We also extend a very warm welcome to those Barbershoppers visiting the Island and who would like to meet us. Singing is great fun! Singing a cappella is so very satisfying. They say it's the harmonies!
Come and try it out!
So if you are interested in joining, booking or visiting us, or simply browsing, welcome to Wight Harmony!