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In perfect harmony at Jane Mander

It was a real treat for residents to see two choir performances at the rest home atrium at Jane Mander yesterday.

The Whangarei Harmony Chorus and the Bella A Cappella Chorus from the Bay of Islands sang samples of their repertoires to an enthralled audience which had filled out the space to listen.

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The Bella A Cappella ladies, who are affiliated to Sweet Adelines International, recently won a regional contest in Dunedin which has earned them an invitation to the Division A Harmony Classic competition in St Louis, Missouri next month.

The contest features the top five small and mid-sized choruses worldwide, all singing in four-part harmony, or barbershop.

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The group said they were thrilled to perform at the village for what was effectively a dress rehearsal for the big event.

The MC for the event, Ron, who introduced himself as the husband of the choir director Patti Cooke, said: “The acoustics in here are wonderful. It makes 15 sound like 50!”

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