The members of the Christchurch City Choir competed against 33 international groups in New Orleans on the weekend

Sweet Adelines excel

by Ann van Engelen

Representing New Zealand on the barbershop world stage, the Christchurch City Chorus placed seventh in the world on Sunday at the Sweet Adelines International Chorus finals in New Orleans.

With members from across the Selwyn and Christchurch districts, the placing saw the 130-strong womens’ a cappella singing group, who are the eleven-times New Zealand barbershop champions, again make the top-10 in international competition. There were 33 other international choruses in the semi-finals and nine other choruses in the finals.

“Reaching the finals was the pinnacle of three solid years of learning and performing. We are thrilled to be experiencing the prestige of competing for New Zealand on the international stage, and we were very excited to get into the top 10 and wow the judges and the audience with our songs,” said Chorus director Virginia Humphrey-Taylor.

In 2016 the Christchurch City Chorus placed fifth in the world and was voted Most Entertaining Chorus.

“Our members live all over Christchurch, including local members from Rolleston and Darfield, and some travel from around the country to sing with us. The Sweet Adelines competitions are always tough — as all contestants aim for the top 10. We feel so blessed that we could focus and stay on top of the game and make it again.

“We wrapped the final package in New Zealand style as we added the famous Poi-e song and we received a standing ovation.

“I am already planning for the next competition — it will be exciting and entertaining.”