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June 28, 2024

Ocean Harmony really was given the Edge when one of its latest recruits walked through the door.

Brian Edge has clocked up a staggering 50 years of barbershop singing - celebrating the feat in the same year as the British Association of Barbershop Singers reached its own half century.

Brian, from Shirley, Southampton, first entered the world of close harmony singing in 1973, after moving from Weymouth to Poole.

His first choir was Poole Harbour Masters but he has spent most of his barbershop singing hobby as a lead with Southern Union.

Brian has recently documented his thoughts on the many conventions he has experienced - highlighting BABS’ 25th anniversary event at Blackpool in the late 90s as the most memorable.

The 82-year-old former baker is pictured receiving his 50 year BABS certificate from Ocean Harmony chairman David Wilson, pictured left, at a Wednesday rehearsal evening at Colbury Memorial Hall, Ashurst near Totton.

On Bank Holiday Friday 24 May a contingent of our chorus comprising 21 singers and John Masters our MD battled their way Northwards to Harrogate for the British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) 50th Convention, where we sang late on Saturday afternoon. An enjoyable event to say the least and great to both catch up with old friends and to see what other choruses are doing.

 

 

 

A link to our performance can be seen here

 

Many of us accompanied by our other halves enjoyed an Indian banquet in downtown Harrogate, with a customary After Glow much to the delight of our fellow diners.

 

 

 

 

 

There were smiles galore when Ocean Harmony entertained residents at a Southampton care home.The afternoon's first warm-up chord at Mayflower Court Care Home rang out to signal a quality performance from start to finish, in front of an appreciative audience.

Classic barbershop songs and show tunes, directed by Paul Keeping, made up a varied repertoire and the day ended with an invite to return in the future.
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