Headliners Chorus is a group of women who sing a cappella 4 part harmony, primarily in a modern barbershop style. They are members of the worldwide organisation Sweet Adelines International, which was formed in America in 1945 and has 25,000 members worldwide. Its members are women who are committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performances. The Australian Region of the organisation has the largest membership outside America, with 31+ chartered Choruses who compete regularly around the country.
The ‘Headliners’ as they are fondly known, started small in 2009, and now are a chorus of more than 30 members, drawn from all over the Northern Rivers. They travel from as far as Evans Head, Federal, Byron Bay, Lismore, Lennox Head and Ballina, to rehearse every Monday night in Ballina.
The women sing with energy and joy – adding their unique style and four part harmonies to jazz, swing, rock ‘n roll, pop or show songs – their sole aim is to entertain!! You may find small or large groups at all kinds of functions around the lovely Northern Rivers area.
Headliners Chorus has competed in seven National Conventions, the first one being in Wollongong in 2002 (with only 15 women), then Adelaide in 2004, Brisbane in 2006 and then again in Brisbane in 2007. In 2008 the Headliners won their first major award at the National Sweet Adelines Convention in Brisbane where they gained 3rd place ribbons in the small chorus section. In 2009 in Hobart, the Chorus took 4th place – a great achievement! In May 2011 they competed in Newcastle, against 800 other women in choruses from all over Australia, and achieved an outstanding 5th place. In 2012, they journeyed to Canberra, once again achieving great results. The 2014 Sweet Adelines Australia Convention in Sydney saw Headliners embracing the new Open performance division. Their entertaining three song show package was enthusiastically received by a 1200-strong audience and earned them a standing ovation. The photograph on this page shows them in full character costume on the Sydney stage.
They are fortunate to have, as their Musical Director, the very talented Cathy Gordon, who continues to inspire them and bring the very best to all their performances.
The girls love to tell a story with their music, whether it be romantic ballads or dancing their way to foot tapping uptunes – so just come along to a performance soon and sit back and enjoy!
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