• North Coast Harmony

Catch up

Updated: Aug 20, 2018

It’s been ages since I last updated you all with what we’ve been up to, and there’s lots to tell!

North Coast Harmony, Boscastle Community Bus, Tintagel Carnival
The NCH ladies on tour!

Wanting to spread a little musical love in our communities, on 4th August we donned our gorgeous new uniforms and bling (thank you Disco Beads!), hired the new Boscastle Community Minibus, and embarked on a whistle-stop ‘Pop up tour’ – 3 of our favourite songs sung at 5 locations. Starting in Camelford at Enfield Park’s newly refurbished bandstand (recently reopened by HRH Princess Alexandra, don’t you know!), we sang to an appreciative audience before hopping back on to the ‘tour bus’ to continue at Boscastle Farm Shop, Things Giftshop in Boscastle Harbour, and The Port William Inn at Trebarwith Strand, before finishing at The Crossbow, Tintagel, for carnival night. Check us out on our gallery page singing Titanium.

Many a giggle was had on the bus, along with plenty of singing – especially when the road was winding and the horn became necessary; ‘beeeeeep’ sung as a bell chord is a truly beautiful thing!

North Coast Harmony, Performance, Things Giftshop, Boscastle Harbour
Performing outside Things Giftshop, Boscastle Harbour

What’s more, we’re doing it all again this weekend! It seems from comments on our Facebook page that there were a fair few people disappointed to have missed us, and who are we to deny them the opportunity to hear us perform?? Head on over to our events page for more details.

In other news, we are a smaller chorus now. As I’d mentioned in a previous blog, what we do isn’t for everyone. It was nice to see some of our former ladies in the audience on our Pop Up Tour though, along with the MD and some members of a chorus from the next town, who also came along to show us some support. Sometimes this chorus business can be a bit competitive; we do have a good relationship with this other chorus though, and support each other where we can.

Talking of other choruses… in November we’re going to the South West Chorus Party! Hosted by the chorus my Mum sings with, and my sister-in-law co-directs, we’re really looking forward to catching up with other vocal groups from across the region. There’ll be performances from each group attending, plus food and a bar, and impromptu singing no doubt – what’s not to love?!? Did I mention there’s a bar?? For most of our ladies, they’ll have never experienced the joy that is an ‘afterglow’ (the partying that happens post-performance), so I’m really looking forward to us all going. For Mel and I, it’ll be a chance to catch up with some old friends from the chorus community, and for the NCH ladies, a chance to make new ones. Happy days!

North Coast Harmony, The Nap, Boscastle
Getting a bit silly at the pub!

On the subject of bars, in the interests of team building (because a strong, unified team makes for a strong, unified sound, and that’s the only reason for it, honest, I swear, *wink wink*), we’ve implemented ‘pub night’ on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, which is exactly what it says on the tin; finish chorus, go to the pub. We’re lucky enough that The Nap is a stones throw from where we rehearse, and as a bonus, it’s where the fabulous shanty group, The Boscastle Buoys, can be found most Tuesdays, pint in hand, singing some of the regions best loved traditional songs. We go to listen, but we almost always end up singing a piece or two of our own - thanks for letting us, Buoys! It’s always, always a great (and sometimes very silly), night!

So now you know where we’ll be next Tuesday evening at around 9.30, we'll see you there for a silly selfie or two!

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