November Communiquéon November 1st, 2016 at 6:23 pm
We hope you enjoy this month’s edition of the Communiqué. It really does show how Ontario District chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society are promoting both their chapters and Harmonize For Speech at the same time. Comments are always welcome.
I first became acquainted with Gospel music when I was a teenager attending boarding school in South Africa back in the 50’s. I sang in my first Gospel quartet then, and particularly enjoyed singing King’s Heralds arrangements.
In April 2010, I decided to ask a few of my chorus buddies in the Capital City Chorus in Ottawa to join me in singing some of those good old Gospel songs, which would include arrangements sung by the King’s Heralds. My idea was to do this just for our own personal enjoyment.To legalize things, I contacted the wife of the late K.H’s principal arranger, Wayne Hooper, and received her permission to sing his arrangements.
Our VLQ quickly blossomed into a small chorus, as other members of the Capital City Chorus and also the senior “Aged in Harmony” chorus joined us. Though we were just singing for ourselves, word got out, and we started getting invitations to sing at Seniors’ Residences, nursing homes, etc. in the Ottawa/Gatineau area. We do not charge a fee for our performances, and any honorarium we receive, we donate to our favourite charities including Harmonize For Speech and Sing Canada Harmony.
We are always asked “why the name Papa’s Friends?” When my then 2 year old red-headed granddaughter Indiana came to visit, and I was away singing, she would inquire of her grandmother, “Where is Papa?” My wife replied “He is singing with his friends.” Thereafter when visiting and I was away, she would ask “Is Papa singing with his friends?” It was a “no-brainer” then to adopt the name for the group!
Click the link below for a photo of Papa’s Friends
A while back, the Soft Palates Quartet from the Oakville chapter made a presentation to the Halton Peel Community Aphasia Program on behalf of Harmonize For Speech, and all Ontario District Barbershoppers. The assistance was well received and we participated in their annual variety show. It was a great experience seeing how funds that we provide help assist those afflicted with this condition. The audience was awed when we ended our short number with We Sing That They Shall Speak, and Keep The Whole World Singing. We also did a replay of the actual presentation of a cheque for $2000.00. Click on the link below for the photo.
Al Holden, Soft Palates Quartet
President, The Entertainers