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August 4, 2022

John Lewis - Southampton

Ocean Harmony Sings for Shoppers

In June 2022, we were invited by the John Lewis Partnership in Southampton, to provide entertainment while shoppers looked around the store. A total of 18 of our members filed out to provide two 30-minute sets to the somewhat amazed shoppers.

A number of shoppers stopped and listened as they passed through the furniture department or travelled along the escalators!

This sing-out, was one of the first that Ocean Harmony has performed since coming back to full singing strength following Covid 19, so it was a great boost to our morale to be able to show what we are all about.

Our sincere thanks to John Lewis for reaching out to us and to Julie Richards, their events organiser who was a tremendous help on the day.

With any luck we hope to be able to return to John Lewis during the Christmas run-up, a help shoppers celebrate with some festive music.

We Are Back!

After 57 weeks of lockdown, (excluding a one-off rehearsal in November) Ocean Harmony is back to In-Person rehearsals starting on 19th May 2021.

The last year has not been wasted.  More than 60% of the chorus members have met each week, keeping the singing and friendships alive.  5 new songs have been learnt remotely, so excitement is high to be able to actually sing these pieces.

At the start of the year, we spent over 2 months going back to basics and re-learning some of the crucial techniques we use in Male Voice Acapella singing, particularly good breath control and pitch support (making sure we don't go out of tune!)

Coming back to singing will be a challenge for most of our members.  While zoom sessions have been great, they have not allowed us to use our voices in the way intended for singing. So the return will be a gentle exercising of singing voices, to ensure that Ocean Harmony is back and open for business as quickly as possible.

As lockdown eases, we look forward to bringing our own unique blend of Acapella singing back to Southampton and the New Forest.

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