Members of Soundwaves practicing for an upcoming show.
Members of Soundwaves practicing for an upcoming show.

Music makers still making Soundwaves

IT'S MORE than 25 years since Soundwaves Chorus started belting out their melodic tunes on the Central Coast and still the fire burns brightly.

With 26 regular chorus members aged from 55 to 83, the group, under music director Gary Kirk, continues to happily perform at citizenship ceremonies, Christmas carols and retirement village functions.

Soundwaves Chorus, based in Gosford, is part of Barbershop Harmony Australia, a non-profit organisation that links men of all ages who like the experience of singing four-part a cappella harmony in the barbershop style.

Barbershop Harmony Australia is one of Australia's finest organisations, with over 1,000 singers, 30 clubs and 80 quartets nationwide providing many benefits for men. It:

* Promotes fellowship and friendship amongst men of good will

* Introduces and sustains music in the lives of people everywhere

* Provides the opportunity to experience the joy of four-part a cappella harmony singing

* Service to others through music

Soundwaves also compete nationally at Barbershop Harmony Conventions, and most recently participated in the recent regional convention in Newcastle.

President Geoff Lehner said the chorus at one stage had 65 members but numbers had dwindled in recent years.

"But we are always after new members and everyone is always welcome to experience the unique fellowship and friendship that Soundwaves Chorus can provide," he said.

"It's a great way to meet new people and enjoy the fun that singing providers,

"Training in singing the four-part harmony style is provided at every meeting, providing new members the chance to share that joy with others, and continually experience growth.

"We have members of all singing styles and the results that our director Gary produce are astounding, if I do say so myself."

The group meets at Central Coast Leagues Club on Monday nights at 7pm.

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