In June 1992, a dozen or so male voice enthusiasts gathered in the real ale bar of a quiet country hotel to discuss the idea of setting up a male voice choir, an ingredient which had been missing from Jersey’s otherwise rich musical mix for the best part of a decade.
The result was the formation of The Harmony Men, a name chosen as a suitably upbeat reflection of the founders’ musical intentions and their determination that the emphasis should be firmly on entertainment.
Twenty seven years on, and under the baton of musical director Annette Blanchet who took over the helm in 2017, The Harmony Men remain true to their original philosophy. The repertoire is dominated by quality arrangements of modern and well-known songs - with just enough of a presence from the more weighty composers to satisfy the traditionalists.
As a result, The Harmony Men have built up a faithful following allowing them to raise in excess of one hundred and fifty thousand pounds for worthy causes. In addition to their regular appearances on the concert platform, the men have also released four CDs, including - Christmas with The Harmony Men – which sold out within a few weeks of reaching the shelves, raising £5,000 for the Children’s Ward at the Jersey General Hospital in the process.
Although they now have a membership of around 32 singers, The Harmony Men remain essentially a group of close friends. They take their music seriously but - to the delight of supporters and unsuspecting members of the public alike - will happily sing a few chords in the odd country inn when the opportunity arises and they never miss the chance to serenade a lady.