Our Vision: ‘To be a chorus with high momentum, musical capability and public presence’
Guildford Harmony is a female chorus singing partly in the barbershop style but also in the wider A Cappella genre. We bring popular songs to life, singing in four-part close harmony that stirs the emotions and enchants our listeners!
We have been entertaining audiences in Surrey for more than 30 years, and have won various accolades along the way, from placing highly at national competition to winning shields at Godalming Music Festival for Barbershop, Sacred and Open Choir classes.
We perform at all sorts of events in the community including The Electric Theatre, Polesdon Lacey, Tangley Manor, Froyle Park, and Guildford High Street. We sing at carol concerts, private parties and charity events.We were founded in 1980 and since then Musical Directors Dave Smith, Jennie Beck, Veronica May, Nick Frampton, Audrey Sentinella and Mike Warner as well as the late Kath Roodhouse have laid a solid foundation on which we built further with M.D. Andrew Edgley, who directed us from 2009 to 2015. We are very lucky to have Di Crosfield as our new Musical Director. Di is an accomplished MD who previously worked with top chorus the Tudor Roses.
We have enjoyed taking part in the annual chorus competition hosted by the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS). As well as the excitement of competition it gives us the chance to catch up with old friends who sing in other choruses across the country.
It’s not all about competition, though. We sing at all sorts of events in the community and each year we sponsor a chosen local or national charity. In recent years we have raised funds for Phyllis Tuckwell, Ehlers-Danlos Support; Bloodwise and Sam Beare Hospices. In 2017 we are supporting the RNLI.
We are also linked to the Charity Making Music, whose mission it is to “…encourage all kinds of music groups and individuals to be part of a vibrant multi-cultural music scene.” We regularly run Harmony Workshop events to introduce people to singing in the A Cappella style and from these, our chorus and others in the Surrey region benefit from growth in active singing members.