THE all-female members of the Headliners Chorus have returned from the Battle of the Barbershop in Stanthorpe.
There they challenged the men of High Altitude Harmony from Toowoomba to prove that, although men originated four-part barbershop harmony, women have perfected it.
The duel by the vocal duo ended in a draw as both choruses received enthusiastic applause and standing ovations for their performances at the Robert Channon Winery.
The Headliners from the wider Ballina area resurrected their Abba costumes and presented songs by the much-loved Swedish group, along with selections from their vast repertoire which includes jazz, rock, popular and show tunes.
High Altitude Harmony treated the audience to some great barbershop standards and also sang their two competition songs - a haunting rendition of Mona Lisa and the upbeat "I can't give you anything but love baby".
The concert proved to the audience as well as the participants that music provides stress relief at any age, especially in a choral situation.
The culmination of the "acapella with attitude" event was a combined chorus singing the patriotic and moving Eric Vogle song Shelter, written about Australia.
Headliners Chorus musical director Cathy Gordon holds vocal education courses in Ballina for prospective new members or anyone who wishes to experience the joy of song.
For details, call Tracey on 0438446809.