IN FINE VOICE: Jim de Busman puts Kevin Prout, Gordon Dryden, Howard Kennedy and Trevor Remphry from The Miner Chords through their vocal scales ahead of the national titles.
IN FINE VOICE: Jim de Busman puts Kevin Prout, Gordon Dryden, Howard Kennedy and Trevor Remphry from The Miner Chords through their vocal scales ahead of the national titles. Claudia Baxter

On the right note

IPSWICH barbershop group The Miner Chords has sought help from afar in its tilt at the upcoming national titles.

Fresh off performances at last weekend's Barbershop Harmony Championships in Toowoomba, the city's acappella chorus invited acclaimed American singing coach Jim de Busman to ensure they are pitch perfect.

The four-part harmony group, consisting of about 20 members, has been practicing every Wednesday night with sights firmly focused on the Perth nationals in October.

Bass singer Howard Kennedy said the group enjoyed practicing its craft at public events.

"The group has been together since about 2006 but the members have changed quite a bit since then," Mr Kennedy said.

Mr de Busman said the standard of singing in Australia was generally high.

"I have a background in opera, jazz and classical music, and what I can tell you is that good singing is good singing," Mr de Busman said.

The Miner Chords welcome visitors to rehearsals.

Phone Howard Kennedy for further details on 3389 3555 or 0431 689 054.


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