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On Monday 7th August, The Plainsmen were honoured to sing two songs at the opening of an exhibition as part of the commemorative activities for the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele, Currently touring Australian and New Zealand  this exhibition was created by the Memorial Museum Passchendaele, with funding and support from the Federal Government of Belgium. It is being curated by The Waimakariri Passchendaele Trust (WPT), which was set up in 2012 to commemorate the links between Waimakariri district and the people of Zonnebeke.

The Plainsmen were delighted to provide the entertainment at the event held by Petersgate on the 18th of March to mark 21 years of provision of counselling services in the Upper Riccarton area.

We sang two brackets of songs including My Way, Hello Mary-Lou, Pokarekare ana and the Beatles' song Something. The night finished with singing the Irish Blessing where we were joined by some ex-Plainsmen who happened to be in the audience and then, by request, the whole audience of about 150 people.

Long-standing and much-loved member of the Plainsmen, John Buckley, died on 14th of March, 2017. John was a member of The Plainsmen since 1987, and had been involved in the chorus, various quartets and mixed groups for many years.He featured in top NZ quartets throughout his barbershop career, right up until his last Gold medal in 2012.
John represented New Zealand at the International contest level and has barbershop friends all over the world. At the Blenheim Convention last year, John was

The Plainsmen and our friendsThe Vocal Network gave a pre-Valentine's Day concert at the Christchurch Art Gallery on Sunday 12th February. There was some great singing in a wonderful environment. With songs such as "Wonderful World", "Something", "Shenandoah" and "Hello Mary Lou" what better way to get us in the mood for Valentine's Day?

 

The Plainsmen and The Vocal Network combine for the final number "the Irish Blessing"

On Sunday 18th of December, The Plainsmen went walkabout and had a great time provided some Christmas cheer to enthusiastic audiences at the Museum, the Art Gallery and at Ballantynes, plus an impromptu song to people outside the Bunsen Cafe and the Tram whose driver stopped and asked us for an item.

 

Warming up outisde the Canterbury Museum before going inside to sing. Click image to enlarge.

 

On the 3rd of December The Plainsmen again held their annual Christmas Concert in the Transitional Cathedral. This was a wonderful celebration of Christmas in the barbershop style. There were some new songs such as I've Been Working on the Railroad, There's a New Gang on Corner and Hallelujah which allthough not Christmas songs got the concert off to a great start. Then there were the Christmas favourites such as Little Drummer Boy and the lovely medleys Away in a Manger/Amazing Grace and It Came Upon a Midnight Clear/Silent Night. The musical experience was expanded with the songs sung by the Accord chorus, jazz singer Lisa Tui Jonathan and the Brass soloist from Canterbury Brass.

We are delighted to report that our Christchurch Barbershop friends, The Vocal Network, won the Open Quartet Competition at the recent Barbershop Harmony New Zelanad Convention held in Blenheim. Congratulations to David, Ed, Andrew and Aaron. See this Stuff Article for more details. Photo by SHAWN YORK taken from Stuff web site.

At the recent Barbershop Harmony New Zealand Nation Convention in Blenheim's brand new theatre, The Plainsmen won the trophy for the Most Improved Chorus. This is awarded to the chorus whose contest scrore increases by the most from one convention to the next. This is a credit to the men in The Plainsmen and in particular to Rob Grieve the Musical Director and to Ravil Atlas who helped coach us. Watch the Plainsmen performing at the Convention as they sing There's a Brand New Gang and I've Been Working on the Railroad.

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