Keene Cheshiremen Chorus: Reunited, and It Feels So Good!
After a year of cancelled and postponed live community weekly events, the Keene Cheshiremen Chorus has announced, “We are back!” Live and in-person singing is happening, now. Hallelujah! (Yes, they have an arrangement of this song!)
The men of the chorus have a new appreciation for the opportunity to sing together and create harmony again. It is no longer taken for granted, and it is welcomed and enjoyed more than ever. They invite any and all men of good character to join them in celebration of this opportunity to sing together again.
The Cheshiremen Chorus is the Keene chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society – an organization of a cappella men’s barbershop chorus and quartet singers worldwide. The Cheshiremen Chorus has been an integral and popular cultural experience in choral singing in the Monadnock region for over 69 years. They are now meeting weekly on Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m., at their safe outdoor meeting area – the Wells Street Parking Garage, behind Hannah Grimes Center for Entrepreneurship, off Roxbury Street, wearing masks and socially-distanced. Men of all ages are always welcome and encouraged to turn their morning-shower solos into meaningful harmony by giving it a try in an organized, choral setting. No auditioning or experience in harmonizing is necessary.
The Cheshiremen are working on these songs again, as they were before the COVID-19 pandemic cancelled everything: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, California Dreaming, Daydream, Hooked On a Feeling, In My Room, King of the Road, Sh-Boom, Sweet Caroline, The Longest Time, When I'm 64, and Yesterday. They are hoping to hold a fall show, if all goes well. They welcome everyone to view some performances of these songs on YouTube – just add the word “barbershop harmony” to any title.
The Cheshiremen are reaching out to all music organizations, schools, and groups, too. They are working to make the 2021 Cheshiremen Chorus bigger and better than ever. Men, any age, who might love to sing, are welcome any Tuesday night to try their voice with this 4-part harmony! We supply music, learning tracks, improvement opportunities and the encouragement!
The Cheshiremen meet every Tuesday evening, beginning at 6:30 p.m., for now at the ground-level of the Wells Street Municipal Parking Garage (between Railroad and Church Streets). At some point this summer, they plan to return indoors to their regular meeting room in the Hannah Grime Center for Entrepreneurship – at 25 Roxbury Street.
More information with weekly updates can be found at https://www.cheshiremen.org or call 1-877-312-7467 (voicemail).