Recent news

May 10, 2016 - 2:01pm

Three of our members (Rob Grieve, Gary Kennett and Terry Maunsell) attended this "first class" barbershop training event organised by Jill Rodgers (Education Officer BHNZ) & Matt Gifford (Vice President-Education Team). It was held at Tawa College.

Rob writes: We chose classes...

May 9, 2016 - 10:33am

Once again The Plainsmen were privileged to take part on the Citizens' ANZAC Service held in the Transitional Cathedral on Monday 25th April, 2016.It is always a privilege to take part in these memorial services. Few families of my generation were untouched by the two Great Wars of last century...

April 21, 2016 - 9:44am

The Plainsmen were pleased to be invited to perform to a group at the Salvation Army Citadel in Colombo Street on the evening of Friday 15th of April. We presented a variety of popular numbers such as "Bye Bye Love", "Hello Mary Lou" and "Something" which were well received by the audience. It...

February 17, 2016 - 1:40pm

Right place/ wrong time.   Well done, Thanks heaps, Good on Ya, keep the positive energy going……were some of the comments heaped upon the Plainsmen through Face book last Sunday afternoon, Valentines day. Love it seems, can be stormy!….The Plainsmen arrived at the new Art Gallery, just minutes...

January 31, 2016 - 2:08pm

This amazing concert, performed in front of a near capacity crowd at St Margaret’s College on Saturday 29 August 2015, was hosted by local barbershop quartet The Vocal Network, in conjunction with RE/MAX Initial Realty.  Those of us who first...

January 7, 2016 - 4:04pm

Hi Guys and a Happy New Year to you all.


Feeling jaded after all the festive ballyhoo? Need a shot in the arm to kick start the new year? Well.......... I stumbled on something inspirational a few days ago - a presentation on You Tube by Dr Jim Henry, one of the "greats" of the...

December 18, 2015 - 12:49pm

Valma Maunsell was in the audience for the annual Plainsmen Christmas Concert held in the Transitional Cathedral. The day following the concert, she wrote:

The Music of Christmas should be full of joy and anticipation. The Plainsmen gave us this last night; they showed us that...

December 4, 2015 - 11:17am

Whoever came up with the idea for this combined Memorial Day concert between The Plainsmen and  Canterbury Brass on Friday 6th of November at Middleton Grange Audirorium deserves a medal.

So says Velma Maunsell who was in the audience for that event. She goes on...

The music choice...

November 11, 2015 - 3:37pm

The night of 29th August 2015 was an amazing Barbershop experience featuring Christchurch’s own The Vocal Network (NZ Open Quartet Champions for a number of years prior to 2015 and runners up in 2015) and New Zealand’s own...

October 31, 2015 - 1:08pm

According to an Oxford University study, joining in singing is a great way to make new friends. A recent newpaper article reports on a study published in the...

October 19, 2015 - 12:00am

Past and present members of The Plainsmen featured highly among those honoured for their services to the barbershop craft in New Zealand at the recent National Convention in Hamilton. This initiative by Jill Rogers was a wonderful and perhaps long overdue programme to honour these people who...