Two apologies were offered prior to the Meeting.
Today’s proceedings saw a different approach than usual with the first of a number of special events to celebrate our Ruby (4oth) anniversary year. At 1030 a.m. Chairman Peter Staples introduced The Daytones Harmony Chorus, a Barbershop Group from Wetherby. Nineteen members of the Chorus arrived to provide a polished and highly entertaining morning’s performance with the one hour speeding by most agreeably in the company of the group formed in 1992.
Entertainingly compered by Mike Earle the format included as well as songs, a few (tall!!) stories and jokes which added to the performance but the singing and choice of songs was standout quality. The varied repertoire included songs by the Beatles (When I’m 64); Stevie Wonder (For Once In My Life); Billy Joel (The Longest Time); Bill Withers (Lean On Me) and traditional numbers such as Amazing Grace, Down By The Riverside as well as others. We were advised about Risers and about Polecats–songs which all Barbershop Harmony Groups are encouraged to learn as a shared canonic repertoire and all famous traditional examples of the Barbershop Genre — “Wait ‘Til The Sun Shines Nellie” was performed from this collection.
Breaking out from the main Daytone Group, a subset “Small Co.” gave a rendition of “Basin Street Blues” and Harold Blackburn performed an amusing and witty monologue. The performance ended with the full Group involved in a Rock And Roll Medley and a concluding number of “Let’s Get Together Again”.
Chairman Peter Staples gave a Vote Of Thanks from an appreciative audience of 42 and reflected the Forum’s wish for a future visit from this Group.
NEIL RAMSHAW SECRETARY