Who We Are
Christchurch City Chorus is Australasia’s premiere international award winning women’s a cappella chorus. The chorus is dedicated to enriching the lives of members and the community through friendship, education, performance and barbershop musical excellence.
Barbershop singing is four-part harmony a cappella music that is deliberately voiced and arranged with musical chords that lock and ring to produce overtones and a spine-chilling thrill for the singer and listener.
The Christchurch City Chorus was founded in 1985, and is directed by Master Director Virginia Humphrey-Taylor. The Chorus has over 150 members of varying ages, with singers from all over New Zealand, and some from as far afield as Australia too. Our out-of-town members are all excited to join and compete as part of the Christchurch City Chorus.
We are proud of what we have achieved!
In 2018 the Chorus won the national Sweet Adelines competition title for the 11th time. Christchurch City Chorus has finished first in every national barbershop competition it has entered since forming, and is often referred to as the “All Blacks of singing.”
As the National Champion for 2018, Christchurch City Chorus will represent New Zealand at the 2019 Sweet Adelines International competition in New Orleans. They have proudly represented Christchurch and New Zealand on the international stage nine times.
2016 – 5th place – Las Vegas (here is the youtube link)
Voted Most Entertaining Chorus by members of the audience
2013 – 6th place – Hawaii (here is the youtube link)
2011 – 11th place – Houston
2009 – Invitation to perform at Carnegie Hall, New York. (read the news here)
75 singers had the honour of singing a distinctively New Zealand package of songs.
2007 – 9th place – Calgary (Canada)
Christchurch City Chorus became the first Southern Hemisphere chorus to break into the top 10 on the international stage.
2004 – Indianapolis
2001 – Portland
1995 – New Orleans
1991 – San Antonio
Civic Award 2009 and Mayoral Award 2009