Sheffield Harmony singing to make a difference
2018 was a fantastic year for Sheffield Harmony. We achieved a bronze medal at the Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers Convention in Benalmadena in April, celebrated our 40th birthday in style in October (including a fashion parade of glittering chorus costumes across the decades) and welcomed our new Chorus Director, Rosalind Kipps. Ros has an amazing track record in directing, coaching and performing with some of the UK’s most successful choruses and quartets. We feel very lucky to have her and are now really excited about what 2019 has in store.
We particularly love to use our enjoyment of singing to raise money for charity. Our Charity of the Year is Sheffield Young Carers (SYC), a project supporting children and young people throughout Sheffield who care for one or more family members who have disabilities, long-term physical illnesses, mental health difficulties and/or a problem with drugs or alcohol. Ros was delighted to present Katy Borland, the project’s Director of Funding and External Relations, with a cheque for £315 at the start of December. This was partly raised through our Christmas Jumper Rehearsal. I’m sure you’ll agree that we all look very fetching!
At a variety of hugely enjoyable sing-outs over the Christmas period we collected a further £150 for SYC, performed at a fundraising concert for the Wellbeing of Women (a UK charity dedicated to improving the health of women and babies), raised money for the Cavendish Centre who support the families of cancer patients and sang for the crowds at the St Luke’s Festival of Light, a truly uplifting event at our local hospice.
Having swapped Newcastle for sunny Spain last year we are looking forward to joining our Region 31 sisters in harmony in beautiful Cardiff in May. You may spot us doing a bit of busking in the city centre in between competitions. All contributions will be gratefully received.