|Multi-award-winning Adelaide women’s a cappella chorus High Spirits Harmony are now national champions.|
The 26-member group won the gold medal in the Barbershop Harmony Australia women’s chorus competition at the 2023 Pan Pacific International Convention.
High Spirits Harmony, led by Music Director John Khammash, travelled to Auckland, New Zealand, for the convention from September 14 to 17.
The event incorporated three competitions – the Barbershop Harmony Australia national competition, the Barbershop Harmony New Zealand national competition, and the Pan Pacific competition.
The convention attracted 30 choruses and 55 quartets from around Australia and New Zealand, and from as far away as Japan and Hawaii.
As well as winning the BHA women’s chorus competition, High Spirits Harmony placed fourth in the Pan Pacific women’s chorus competition.
And to top off a very successful convention, HSH-based quartet The Zimmer-mamas won the BHA senior women’s quartet competition.
High Spirits Harmony was formed in February 2014, and sings in a cappella harmony exploring a range of musical styles, with an emphasis on enjoying music while aiming for excellence in performance.
The 2023 Pan Pacific Convention was HSH’s first international competition.
For more information, please contact High Spirits Harmony president Alice Norman on 0419 806 502.
|On 29 April 2023 High Spirits Harmony were excited to finish the day with 1st place in the Open Chorus competition at the Barbershop Harmony Australia Central Region competition. Now our work starts in earnest to prepare for the Pan Pacifics in New Zealand in September!!|
|High Spirits Harmony has had a highly successful outing in its first national barbershop harmony competition – and also a history-making moment.|
Competing in Hobart in the national Barbershop Harmony Australia chorus contest, held in November 2022, HSH was the first female chorus in the history of the event to take to the stage.
The 2022 Barbershop Harmony Festival – the first since before Covid-19 – was the first time that all-female choruses were able to take part, joining the established categories of all-male and mixed choruses.
HSH finished the competition with several big achievements, including a personal best score of 75.7%.
The chorus was also second in the inaugural women’s chorus contest, fourth in the medium-sized chorus division and eighth in the open division, in a highly competitive field from around Australia.
Twenty choruses and 40 quartets from around Australia took part in the four-day program of events at Hobart’s Federation Concert Hall and historic Theatre Royal from November 2 to 6.
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|In early September 2018 we flew to Melbourne to compete in Vocal Australia's #AUSACA Australian A Cappella Championships. We were so humbled, thrilled and shocked to be awarded second place in the ‘Open Ensemble’ division of the competition, and the Best Newcomer award!! The result is beyond our wildest dreams!
Congratulations to all the diverse groups who crossed the stage from around Australia and New Zealand. The a cappella bar continues to be raised year after year and the culture which we share is something beyond special.
A massive thanks to Amelia Alder and the whole Vocal Australia team and all of the volunteers who have worked tirelessly for this event. Also, to the incredible judges and coaches for your wisdom and inspiration in the workshops and encouragement to always be better. None of this could happen without you.
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High Spirits Harmony is celebrating after taking out an SA/NT singing trophy for the second time.
HSH won the Open Chorus Memorial Shield in the Barbershop Harmony Australia Central Region competition in only its second venture into the competition.
The perpetual shield was introduced in 2015 for the runner-up in the Open (men’s and women’s) section of the competition. High Spirits Harmony won the trophy that year, and then took a year out to compete in other events before returning to the BHA competition this year.
As well as winning the trophy, the group scored highest in the “Invitation” – or women’s – section of the competition.
President of High Spirits Harmony, Alice Norman, said: “I am so proud of our singing group. We work hard to continue to grow and improve; and this has been reflected, once again, in our win at competition.”
|Champagne and celebrations were in order for High Spirits Harmony after a very successful debut at the Adelaide Eisteddfod. Competing in the Open Age Small Choirs section of the eisteddfod at Elder Hall on Thursday, June 16, we placed third in a very competitive field. And two days later we won the inaugural Barbershop Chorus section against some tough competition. Not only was it a thrill to win, but it was also a wonderful experience to sing with other groups in the beautiful acoustics of Pilgrim Uniting Church in the city.|
High Spirits Harmony has topped the field for women’s choruses in its first venture into competition. We took out the Open Chorus Memorial Shield in the Barbershop Harmony Australia Central Region competition. The perpetual shield was introduced this year for the runner-up in the Open (men’s and women’s) section of the competition. We also scored highest in the “Invitation” – or women’s – section of the competition. So proud of all the singers and our awesome director, Matthew Lykos.