City of Gardens Chorus won gold medals in international Sweet Adelines chorus competition.

City of Gardens Chorus won gold medals in international Sweet Adelines chorus competition.

City of Gardens Chorus wins international gold

Judges award the chorus first place in the Harmony Classic Division AA category

Victoria’s City of Gardens Chorus recently returned from Baltimore, with gold medals in international Sweet Adelines chorus competition.

Judges awarded the chorus first place in the Harmony Classic Division AA category for mid-sized choruses, which was limited to the top five choruses worldwide.

The Chorus’ 48 female singers performed a colourful Mardi Gras entertainment package. Master director Julie Smith and assistant director Diane Butler directed the chorus.

Their two competition songs were an uptune medley of Dancing in the Streets of New Orleans/Mardi Gras March and ballad He Was There.

Completing the package was Blues in the Night and a medley of IKO IKO/When the Saints Go Marching In. IKO/Saints was enhanced by visually stunning choreography using flamboyant umbrellas and purple, green and gold flags. Colourful Mardi Gras eye makeup enhanced the flashy black hologram costumes.

City of Gardens Chorus has been entertaining and competing since chartering with Sweet Adelines International in 1967. Members from all over Greater Victoria and as far as Parksville travel to Tuesday evening rehearsals, which begin again in January 2014 at Gordon United Church hall, 935 Goldstream Ave., in Langford.

For rehearsal inquiries, please contact Donna at donnadbass@gmail.com. For performance inquiries: Nancy at townmac@shaw.ca.