Hat-trick of golds for Solent City Chorus!

There was a stunning success for Solent City Chorus at the recent Isle of Wight Music Festival. The chorus, Portsmouth’s top men’s a cappella choir, took gold in three classes at the festival, and came narrowly second in two other classes.
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Not only that, but Solent achieved an “Outstanding” mark in every class they entered, a remarkable achievement. The chorus was awarded the prestigious Challenge Cup in the Male Voice Choir category, and then shared top place with Wight Harmony in the Barbershop Chorus class. Solent followed this by capturing the Hodgkins Cup in the Small Chorus category against stiff competition.

Judge Rosanna Whitfield – a vastly experienced conductor, composer and musical adjudicator – was especially impressed by the guys’ singing in the Male Voice Choir category, where she remarked on how the chorus’s total commitment drew her into the very soul of the music. “Glorious warmth”, “a wonderful sound” and “quite magical” were some of her other comments on Solent’s performance.

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Solent’s Musical Director Steve Morris says he’s proud at winning the trophies, but even more pleased by the way the chorus performed at its best in every song. The results also thrilled the remarkable level of travelling supporters who made the trip across to the island to hear the chorus.

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Solent City Chorus celebrate their success

Club Chairman Philip Davies echoes Steve’s words, adding that the club has attracted new members in recent months and is really on the up-and up. The next big test will come in late May, when Solent will be competing in the national barbershop championships in Harrogate.

Philip adds that if you’re interested in Solent City, you can come along to one of our rehearsals in Portchester with no obligation. You can find full details on the website www.solentcitychorus.com or ring Club Secretary Mike Cook on 07770 657489.

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