They say winners are grinners, and there’s a lot of grinning going on in the ranks of the Wollongong Harmony Chorus. After winning the choir section of last week’s Eisteddfod, the local group held the coveted trophy high – and rightly so. Their win had come on the back of a spectacular showing at the National Barbershop singing championships a month earlier, when they nabbed 2nd place (Div A) behind Melbourne Chorus. But it hasn’t been all beer and skittles for the chorus. The Covid years have been a challenging time for musicians in general, and community choirs in particular. Performances were cancelled, and even rehearsing and social singing were off limits. Life became very tough for community singing groups. But good things come to those who wait. When 2022 saw a return to the stage and rehearsal hall, the Wollongong chorus was off to a flying start. Performance requests rolled in from U3A, Probus, local councils, as well as a welcome resumption of their much loved role – singing in the Town Hall for our newest citizens on Australia Day. Life was back on track for the girls from Wollongong, and they haven’t looked back. If you’ve never been treated to the amazing harmonies of the Illawarra’s very own home-grown a cappella ensemble, now’s the chance to hear for yourself. The chorus is planning an Open Night on Thursday 20th July, so keep the date free and watch for further details in the media and socials over the next couple of weeks. Or check out https://www.wollongongharmony.org.au for notice of upcoming appearances, information about a cappella harmony singing, and clips of past performances of this multi-award winning ensemble. Wollongong Harmony Chorus – they’re not just back, they’re hitting it out of the park! Footnote Wollongong Harmony Chorus rehearses every Thursday from 7:30pm till 10:00pm in Kurrajong Hall 1, the Ribbonwood Centre, 93-109 Princes Hwy, Dapto. Visitors welcome.