History

In 1977, as a result of an item in the local newspaper seeking out local interest in Barbershop Singing, a handful of men met at the White Lion public house, Niton, Isle of Wight.Over the following months they were taught the rudiments of harmony under the guidance of experienced singers from the mainland, and the Garden Isle(now the Isle of Wight Barbershop Harmony Club) was born. Later that year,the Club was of a sufficient standard to join the British Association of BarbershopSingers (B.A.B.S.) and the Chorus was named Wight Harmony.

The Chorus enters annual competitions organised by B.A.B.S., and has won the Best Small Chorus Award on several occasions. All of the men are volunteers, and regularly entertain for theatres, hotels, and numerous other events andvenues on the Isle of Wight. The Chorus appeared in Cilla Black's "Surprise, Surprise" TV Show.

In 1978 the Club adopted the Isle of Wight Society for Mental Health as its nominated charity, and to date has donated over £40,000 to the Haylands Farm Project.