History

 

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The Rolling Hills Chorus was formed in Galashiels 1992.

The idea came from Bill Harvey whose wife was a member of the Forth Valley Chorus.He asked Nick Hayes, whose wife was also in the Forth Valley, Ralph Parker and some others if they would like to set up a men's chorus.

Maureen Dawson a professional music teacher was asked to be the Musical Director, and she has been with the chorus since then.

  

First performance in July 1992

 

May 1993 at a May ZING in Galashiels

 

The Chorus continued to thrive, giving shows mainly in the Borders, and obtained a reputation for good entertainment and good harmony.

 

In 1995  it was decided to move to Edinburgh, from where most of the members now came. Rehearsals took place at the Wester Hailes Education Centre.

In 1995 the Chorus appeared at the Dickson Street Festival and other charity concerts.

 

 

Dickson Street Festival, Leith

 November 1995

 

 

Traquair House Beer Festival

The Scottish Beer Festival at Traquair House Innerleithen in 1997, was a test of stamina. Aa!!

 By 1997 the Chorus had moved to Kings Buildings, and continued to look for a more permanent home.

It took part in the first Harmony Junction in Fort William, joining up with the other Barbershop choruses in Scotland.

 

Borders General Hospital Fund Raising

Harmony Junction 1998

 The Chorus was the star attraction of a fund raising event at Borders General Hospital in 1998.

By 1998 rehearsals were being held in North Leith Parish Church and performances were taking place more in the Edinburgh area.

The Chorus participated in Harmony Junction 1998 in Aberdeen.

 In March 1999 we gave a concert dedicated to raising funds for Finola, a young girl with cerebral palsy.

The following week we participated in a major charity event at Greenbank Church

 

A Fanfare for Finola

 

Harmony Junction 1999

The Rolling Hills Chorus hosted Harmony Junction 1999, and Bill Harvey our vice chairman took on the job of "Mr Harmony Junction" the overall coordinator.

 The rest of our story now appears on the main web pages.