Forty Years In Harmony - The Directory Group

Forty years in harmony

Marking 40 years in harmony, the Pitchpipers Ladies Barbershop harmony chorus welcomed scores of singers of all ages to Bedhampton Social Hall for a very special celebration.

Founded by Hayling Island resident Marilyn Penketh, the chorus celebrated the milestone event with a party attended by 100 singers of all ages - which included current and former members, along with other local barbershop choruses.

A certificate and a roll of honour was presented to Marilyn marking her years of service and everyone joined in the four-part a cappella singing, while enjoying a scrumptious tea party with birthday cake.

The Pitchpipers meet on Tuesday evenings at St Philips Church Hall, Hawthorn Crescent, Cosham from 7.30pm-10pm.

Rehearsals are open and the group offers a warm welcome to any prospective members. There is no requirement for any of our members to read music.

In the lead-up to Christmas, The Pitchpipers invite able singers to join the group for six weeks of rehearsals before performing as The Portsmouth Ladies Christmas Choir for the Rowans Hospice at Cascades, Portsmouth (10th December this year) and other venues across the Portsmouth area.

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The Directory Group covers the following areas within Hampshire and West Sussex: Petersfield, Clanfield, Hayling Island, Cowplain, Waterlooville, Denmead, Purbrook, Widley, Farlington, Cosham, Drayton, Havant, Rowlands Castle, Emsworth, Southbourne, Westbourne, Bosham, Portsmouth, Alton, Alresford, Bentley, Four Marks and Meon Valley