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  • Jordan Travis Coaching Night (Hallmark of Harmony, Horizon 2020)
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 2 Apr 2021
    Jordan Travis Coaching Night

    Jordan Travis Coaching Night


    Wonderful picture of Jodan getting a round of applause from the club after and engaging and informative session on improving singing technique. The key message is to just do a little each day (5-15 mins) to improve. From day to day there will be no noticable improvement BUT over the long term you will notice. No need to do anything complex, practice the basics:
    • Alignment
    • Breathing
    • Phonation

     
  • Tim becomes a "Legend of Hallmark" (Hallmark of Harmony, Horizon 2020)
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  •  Date Posted: Fri, 2 Apr 2021
    Tim becomes a "Legend of Hallmark"

    Tim Briggs awarded "Legend of Hallmark" status

    Tim's relationship with Hallmark changed this year and although Tim is already a legend in Hallmark, BABS, LABBS and just about anywhere he goes, we felt that it was time to recognise this with a formal(ish) presentation. Hallmark has been on memorable journey with Tim at the helm for the last 4 years and we are all incredibly grateful. 

    After the excellent coaching session from Jordan Travis, which TIm attended, an awards ceremony was planned. Little did Tim know that this was a cover for a COVID-19 safe delivery of the award, a bottle of bubbly and framed photo to honour Tim's newly found status as a "Legend of Hallmark", Thank you Tim.

    To round off the night we did look at the awards, there are some up and coming legends:
    1. Member most likely to have had dark hair when he started barbershop singing.: Colin Maskrey
    2. The member with the most hair growth on his head over lockdown.: John Faben
    3. The member with the most facial hair grown over lockdown.: Jules Roberts
    4. SPARK awards: The presenter with the most unexpected session. : Glenn Goodman
    5. Section awards: Tenor most likely to be asked for help in a musical emergency.: Sam Hubbard
    6. Section awards: Baritone most likely to spot mistakes in sheet music.: Colin Maskrey
    7. Section awards: Lead most likely to aspire to be a front row prima donna.: Chris Bromley
    8. Section awards: Bass most likely to count "do-doos" on his fingers.: John Faben
    9. Member making best use of kitchen facilities during rehearsals.: Paul Mason
    10. Music Team: member making best use of metaphors when coaching.: Andy Allen
  • Grand Central Chorus (Hallmark of Harmony, Horizon 2020)
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  •  Date Posted: Thu, 4 Mar 2021
    Of interest to many in Barbershop circles, and certainly to many Hallmark of Harmony members, current and past, 4th March, is the 30th Anniversary of Grand Central Chorus. It is yet another example of how dedication, with talented leadership and quality of membership that Grand Central have enjoyed since 1991, can combine the enjoyment of singing as a hobby, and the satiusfaction of success in the public eye. 
    Hallmark of Harmony know only too well, having recently celebrated our own big Anniversary, just what it means to enjoy what we do, AND to receive plaudits and reward from our peers for doing just that. It is great to see that our close friends from Nottingham have shared in similar success.
    A visit to their Twitter account @GrandCentralMen, will give you a brief history of their Chorus. There you will recognise  names of sevearal Musical Directors with whom Hallmark of Harmony have been associated with, and honoured to have coordinated wth in coaching projects,with our own Musical Directors.  A close relationship with benefits for both Chorus' .As you may well know, we are blessed that this close relationship between our Directors has enticed one such individual- Zac Boules, GCC Musical Director from 2011 to 2020, to share his wealth of experience and assist us in our 'plans out of lockdown'!
    Ove r the years, individuals from both our Chorus' have for periods represented both Hallmark and Grand Central. It has been a pleasure to see several GCC members at our virtual Horizon rehearsals, and we look forward to meeting those same faces, in person, when current restrictions are lifted.    
    May this relationship between our two Chorus' continue, and the very best to Grand Central Chorus for their next 10 year journey.   
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