Musical Island Boys Homecoming Concert With The Vocal Network
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 saw Musical Island Boys perform at the South Pacific convention in Christchurch all those years ago are not really surprised to see where they are now; you could see their potential from the start. And of course they were more than ably supported by our very own The Vocal Network. To see the current world and New Zealand barbershop quartets on stage together was an unforgettable musical feast, but possibly never to be seen again in Christchurch.
Hailing from the South Pacific nation of New Zealand, the Musical Island Boys combine four lush, rich and resonant voices to form an a cappella quartet that specialises in barbershop harmony singing. Over the quartet's 14‐year history, they've travelled all over the globe to share their unique and heartfelt brand of unaccompanied singing. Receiving standing ovations in over 10 countries including the Netherlands, Sweden, UK, Japan, Australia, and all over the USA, they are certified professionals when it comes to entertaining an audience. Their biggest achievement to date was becoming the best barbershop quartet in the world in 2014, winning the gold medal at the International Barbershop Quartet contest, held in Las Vegas, USA. However, the 'Boys will term their crowning achievement as touching so many hearts and so many lives all over the globe during their time together. You won't want to miss the musicality, personality and sheer excitement of the Musical Island Boys quartet!
Established in 2011, the Christchurch-based The Vocal Network performs a broad range of musical styles including contemporary a cappella and barbershop. Since its inception, the group has enjoyed a large number of experiences and achievements. The Vocal Network’s first National Barbershop competition in 2012 placed them 2nd in New Zealand, and a recent adventure to Timaru placed the group 1st at the Caroline Bay Talent Quest in January 2013. Later in 2013 they won the National Barbershop Harmony Competition. In early 2015, they sang together with Ed Sheeran in honour of Sheeran’s New Zealand tour and Christchurch concert. Along with their passion for singing, is the group’s desire to evolve, inspire and give back to the community. One of the group’s many successful paths has been their Singing Telegrams. It is an experience for people who wish to surprise their loved ones with a different and unique gift. The singing telegrams have been hugely successful as birthday gifts throughout the year, not to mention Valentine’s Day. The quartet guarantees an amazing experience, leaving you wanting more. It’s all about the music!
The Vocal Network are currently fundraising towards attending Harmony University for a week in Nashville at the end of July 2016.
[Editors note: Watch the Musical Island Boys singing Let me be Your Teddy Bear and Now Is the Hour or watch their whole performance. Watch The Vocal Network singing As Time Goes By and Come Fly With Me or watch their whole performance]