Trio's sweet sounds to go global

20:22, May 04 2010
Diana Steven and Liz Gregory
SWEET HARMONY: Timaru women Diana Steven and Liz Gregory are off to Texas next year as part of the 145-strong Christchurch City Chorus. Their outfits cost $300 with one women making all 145 of them.

Ranked fifth in the world – they are off to Houston to barbershop.

Three Timaru women will be winging their way to Texas in October next year to compete in the International Sweet Adelines Barbershop Competition after winning the Big Sing National Competition in Wellington last weekend.

The three, Diana Steven, Charlotte Gander and Liz Gregory, have been travelling to rehearse once a week with the Christchurch City Chorus.

Under the direction of musical director Virginia Humphrey-Taylor, the 145-strong chorus impressed the four visiting American judges in Wellington, who scored the 11 competing choruses in music, expression, showmanship, and sound categories.

The Christchurch chorus came out on top scoring of 677 out of a possible 800 points which ranks them fifth in the world.

Judging panel chairwoman Joan Levitton noted that the vocal gymnastics and entertaining performance put Christchurch at the top.

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Ms Steven said the judging was standardised worldwide which gave them the world ranking but it would ultimately be put to the test next year in Houston.

"I've only been with the chorus since the start of the year but both Charlotte and Liz have been in the chorus for 5 1/2 years," Ms Steven said. "Every Wednesday night we leave at 5pm and get home at 12.30pm."

For the entire year they have been rehearsing the same two songs, the ballad At Last and The Red Red Robin.

"It is fantastic to be part of, it's a very slick organisation and very professional.It was quite profound to be part of, it really lifts you, especially the four part harmony."

Just behind the Christchurch City Chorus was the Wellington City Chorus which came second with 639 points.

The Timaru Herald