Coulsdon-based 4 part harmony chorus, Surrey Harmony, have added a silver medal to their already impressive array of awards. Currently ranked 15th in the world, the 80-strong women’s choir came second in the national championships held at the Sage in Gateshead on Saturday. The judges praised their energy and vocal skills and were wowed by their colourful interpretations of the Edith Piaf song, “If You Love Me” and the exciting “Dixieland One-Step”.
The contest is held by the Sweet Adelines International organisation, of which the UK and the Netherlands make up Region 31. 28 choruses from all over the region took part and the gold medal was won by Lace City chorus from Nottingham, who will go on to represent the UK in Houston, Texas next year. 3,000 Sweet Adelines from Region 31 descended on Newcastle last weekend and raised the roof of prestigious venue, the internationally renowned Sage in Gateshead.
Surrey Harmony is directed by Jenny Lawson, who founded the chorus over 20 years ago.