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Surrey Harmony Newcastle May 2013Surrey Harmony were once again honoured to take part in the Sweet Adelines Region 31 Convention in Newcastle on 10th and 11th May 2013.

This was Director Jenny Lawson’s last convention with the chorus she set up and has so skillfully led and directed for nearly a quarter of a century. Her achievements were honoured with a tribute by Panel Chair Betty Clipman, who spoke of Jenny’s commitment and dedication, as well as her unrivalled record for the region.  Jenny wrote and arranged the Region’s song, Quartet of Nations and directed the whole Region in singing it for the final time after the Quartet contest.  The following evening she received a well-deserved standing ovation, as she directed us all in singing We are Family.  It was a fitting and emotional send-off.

A fabulous time was had by all members of Surrey Harmony at the convention, who spent time cheering on our two quartets – Oops! and Decibelles – taking part in Friday’s quartet competition.  A special cheer was also saved for ex-Surrey Harmony members Beckie Puncher and Karen Riley who competed with Echo Quartet, as reigning champions.  A high score of 614,  and a very worthy second place, secured them an offer of a wild card entry for international convention in Hawaii.

Surrey Harmony’s performance at this year’s competition was much enjoyed by singers and audience alike, and despite only ranking 8th this year, generated some lovely comments from judges.

What wasn’t in doubt during the chorus competition was the ever-increasing standard of performance in Region 31 – a record score of 656 from worthy winners Forth Valley Chorus was the highlight of a truly amazing day, which culminated with a wonderfully entertaining ‘Show of Champions’ in the evening.

We’d like to wish last year’s Chorus champions, Viva Acapella, the very best of luck in Hawaii, alongside this year’s quartet champions Fortuity Quartet.  And of course to Forth Valley Chorus for the Baltimore contest in 2014!

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