Local barbershop champion, Richard Reeve has returned after 15 years interstate as newly instated musical director for the Brisbane River City Clippers chorus. The three-time national champion is set to take the Clipper “to the next level in this genre” said Trevor Remphrey, Clippers President.
Reeve discovered barbershop singing in Sydney. He then followed his love of the Acapella style to Perth where he sang with Vocal Evolution, a three-time national champion chorus. From there he was able to represent Australia at international competitions held in the US. “I’m thrilled and honoured to be taking on this role, and to have the opportunity to share what I have learnt. The guys are a delight to work with,” Reeve said.
The Clippers have been singing since the early 1990s. Starting as quartet it has grown to over 30 members. They are credited with a national silver medal to their name and are set to compete at the annual state competition in June. They recently performed on ANZAC day at the Masonic Memorial Centre as part of the evening service.
The chorus is set to expand even further under their acclaimed new director and invite any interested men to their weekly rehearsals held at St Laurence’s College on Tuesdays at 7pm.
Words by Bree Caggiati