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October 12, 2007

The Blenders win again down under

The Blenders are the current and eight times national chorus champions, the current and twice Pan Pacific Chorus Champions and have represented Australia at international chorus competitions

The ‘Sydney Sings’ National Convention was a joyous celebration of the love of music, friendship, competition and fun. Organised by the Australian Association of Men Barbershop Singers, thirteen Choruses and 37 Quartets from all over Australia participated in the breathtaking competition at the Convention Centre in Darling Harbour, Sydney, from the 27th to 30th Sept. 2007.

The Blenders, the Gold Coast’s outstanding chorus of about eighty male singers, participated in the contest. They sing a cappella, four-part harmony in the barbershop style. The Blenders are the current and eight times national chorus champions, the current and twice Pan Pacific Chorus Champions and have represented Australia at the international chorus competition held in Anaheim, California (1999) and Denver (2007). Led by a young team of talented directors, Andrew Howson and Aaron Griffin, the Blenders were going for gold again in Sydney.

The competition result was uncertain until the last minute. The Blenders scored 910 points, edging out second place winners “Vocal Evolution” (Perth / 885 points) with Hills Harmony (Sydney) taking third place.

The great success was heightened by more medals won by The Blenders Quartets. “Fast Forward”, one of the youth quartets, took first place in the Quartet Open. They struck for gold again in the Quartet Youth and the Chorus category. “Impulse”, an other youth quartet won a bronze medal.

The Blenders other participating Quartets, Metafour, Escapade, Spike, and Chord on Bleu all scored excellent top ranking results.

The highlight of the event was the final “Harmony Spectacular Concert” on Saturday evening in the sold-out Convention Centre. It featured the top- ranking choruses and quartets of Australia, allowing the The Blenders to shine as they demonstrated their amazing skills as an entertainment chorus. The show program featured four songs - The Last Dance/Sway (medley), All The Way, Nice Work If You Can Get It and Obla Di, Obla Da. The Quartets were in top form as well and won the hearts of the audience.

The Blenders are a non-profit organisation providing entertainment for the pleasure of the community. They are funded mainly from member subscriptions. They are also available for hire on a professional basis to perform at corporate events, lunches, dinner shows, seminars, weddings and other occasions. This funding is all directed back to the chorus so that they can continue to offer the community the delight of this unique style of entertainment.

Posted by acapnews at October 12, 2007 12:47 AM

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