We thoroughly enjoyed Friday night's performance. Thank you so much! We look forward to 2020!! - Jax O.
Thank you for the beautifully uplifting presentation of O Night Devine last evening. Four’s Company is always such a pleasure to listen to. Carol’s story was clever and so funny. Happy Christmas to you all. - Trish
Review - No.5 Cafe and Larder Open Mic Session - October 2017
Just a quick note to say thank you so much for the Four’s Company performance last night at No5 (please pass this on to Carol and the whole gang).
The performance was wonderful and it seems everyone there last night told me so. The new combination of voices is impressive - and you and Carol are doing a wonderful job of getting the best out of each and every one of them. The women as always were first rate. The men, well first rate too, but unless my ears and memory played tricks last night I thought that I heard a little less power than before but a whole heap more character - if that’s the right word. From out front it really was an impressive, quite personal sound from them. Might be my imagination, but there you go.
And please remind Carol that sometime when conducting with her back to the audience, it might be a great idea to wear a patched jacket stolen from a motorcycle club….
Thanking you once again, keep at it!!
kind regards Jeff
Hawke's Bay Today - 26th July 2017
Review - Tyler's Suite DCINY, New York - June 2017
Dear Tyler Singers,
What an amazing experience we all shared! As I mentioned at our very first gathering, it is always an exciting day when singers gather for the first time and sing that very first chord – D major I think it was – in your most beautiful “home row ah vowel”! Your hard work before arriving in NYC and from the moment we meant paid off on Sunday when you took the stage at the magnificent Lincoln Center. I could not have been more thrilled with the performance – in every way. You presented a polished, almost professional quality choral experience. But most of all, it was sung from you hearts. Everything we had hoped for came true in that moment. And the best news? It translated across the air waves in the live feed. You all were so very patient during the entire preparation. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your attention and willingness to change and grow and try new things. Thank you. I would be remiss if I did not thank Carl Pantle and Jorge Avilla who accompanied us with perfection. And all of our soloists were fantastic! I look forward to seeing some of you in your own towns (or countries!) in the near future. If you enjoyed this, just keep June, 2019 in your mind (big tease).
My heart is full and I hope you know how grateful I am for having shared this experience. I know Tyler’s story will continue to touch many, many people now and in years to come.
Much love, Tim Seelig (Conductor, Tyler's Suite)
Tyler's Suite DCINY -New York Concert Review - June 2017
Talk about a concert with a mission! Distinguished Concerts International New York (DCINY) presented the very moving New York premiere of Tyler’s Suite, a work commissioned by the Tyler Clementi Foundation in 2012 (the 2014 world premiere was in San Francisco) to honor the memory of the eighteen-year-old college freshman who committed suicide nearly seven years ago, due to intense, vile, cyber-bullying.
Tyler’s Suite– a collaboration among nine of today’s most celebrated composers: John Bucchino, Ann Hampton Callaway, Craig Carnelia, John Corigliano, Stephen Flaherty, Nolan Gasser, Jake Heggie, Lance Horne, and Stephen Schwartz, with the libretto by Pamela Stewart, Mark Adamo, and Joe Clementi. Jane Clementi, Tyler’s mother, was introduced by composer Stephen Schwartz (of multi-Broadway show fame). I don’t understand how any mother (or parent, sibling, or friend) can ever truly “heal” from such an immense loss, however, she spoke with great composure and passion about the need for kindness and an end to bullying (online and offline), harassment, and humiliation. The family started the Tyler Clementi Foundation in the hope that their worst nightmare would not have to happen to anyone else. Tyler’s father even collaborated in part of the libretto.
The work is in nine sections, with a violin solo prominent (due to Tyler Clementi’s talent on that instrument), piano, SATB choir, and soloists. There was one lighter moment in The Unicycle Song, about Tyler’s ability to play the violin while riding, you guessed it, a unicycle. The points of view of mother, father, and brother were all represented in this collaborative work, whose composers aren’t identified by specific section, nor are librettists identified by whose words are which—they truly meld their identities in the service of this memorial.
As Jane Clementi said, she truly believes that perhaps only music has the power to reach inside and transform someone’s attitudes and soul. Overall, the work was at all times beautiful, but very difficult for me emotionally, but what is my discomfort compared to the family’s grief. Perhaps some of that was due to the raw, literal nature of the words. The children’s nursery rhyme “London Bridge is falling down” (in the movement called A Wish), though conceived years ago for this work, seemed strangely prescient given yesterday’s terrorism in London on that very bridge. It caused me to think about whether it is proper to take aesthetic enjoyment as a result of someone’s tragedy. However, if that were the case, we wouldn’t have Shostakovich’s Babi Yar symphony either. The soloists and choir were very, very good; and it was great to see the concertmaster of the Distinguished Concerts orchestra properly credited (he was the violin “embodiment” of Tyler Clementi). This work should be required listening for every high school and college. Click here to watch the live video of the concert. Please be kind, people, and use social media for good purposes only.
Many are familiar with the untimely death of Tyler Clementi, a talented young musician who died by suicide after being bullied by his roommate during his early days at Rutgers.
Most likely, we are less familiar with the events that followed, including the formation of the Tyler Clementi Foundation, whose mission is to end all forms of online and offline bullying in schools, the workplace and in faith communities.
The story of Tyler Clementi has reverberated through the music and entertainment industry, inspiring composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked/Pippin) and Dr. Timothy Seelig, Artistic Director of the San Francisco Gay Man’s Choir, to collaborate on a 9-piece choral movement, which put to music the voices and experiences of Tyler and his family. Said Stephen Schwartz, “the story of Tyler reminds us that every life lost because of bullying and bigotry is a specific individual tragedy.”
First performed in 2014 by the San Francisco Gay Man’s Choir, Tyler’s Suite spans musical genres from classic to contemporary,Broadway and cabaret. Under the auspices of Distinguished Concerts Orchestra, the NY Premiere added female voices and drew upon the passionate and innovative musicality of 17 different choral groups, coming from as near as Queens, New York and as far as New Zealand. Thus, a group of almost 500 musicians came together in a virtuostic harmony that truly reached the skies and touched the heart.
Below are lyrics from just 2 of the 9 songs from Tyler’s Suite, which included “I Love You More”, “Just a Boy”, “The Tyler Show”, “Brother Because of You” and a whimsical and upbeat composition of “The Unicyle Song”, celebrating not only Tyler’s skills on the violin but also a unique talent in mastering the Unicycle. “If you feel I don’t belong because I hear a different song, your world is much too small It is not kind at all, not kind at all”…………………………………From I Have Songs You Haven’t Heard “Stop to help the one out on the edge, Carry those who can’t go on. For the greatest distance I can find is the one between your heart and mine. Though the bridge may seem narrow If we walk together toward tomorrow It is plenty, plenty wide”……………………………From The Narrow Bridge
As I managed to contain a whirlpool of emotions from my own memory bank, particularly at “I Love You More”, I looked around the audience and wondered what untold stories might be among those who chose to spend this Sunday together. Including mothers, fathers, couples, singles. probably some lonely souls and others with heavy hearts. However, whatever one’s disposition, the power of music to heal, to elevate, and to inspire was the message of the day and it was told, and felt, in this truly memorable musical experiences for performers and the public alike.
Finally, when discussions about this collaboration began almost one year ago, the decision was made by Distinguished Concerts to introduce the day’s program with Ola’s music for chorus, piano, and string with Ola at the piano. Among the most sought after performers in the choral world, his music is often described as cinematic and evocative, lush and harmonious. From his selection emerged the concept of the Phoenix, most often associated with spiritual growth and renewal, which was beautifully threaded into each of his soulful compositions. In the voice of Tyler’s mother who concluded the day’s concert , the Tyler Clementi Foundation is a “call to action” for all those who honor the value of the human spirit and personal dignity. She issued a personal plea to stop and think for a moment before sending any message thru social media that tears down, and does not elevate another. In this hostile social environment, this is indeed a message for the ages.
By Don - Editor of Don411.com Media website
Review - No5 Cafe and Larder Christmas Open Mic Night - December 2016
A huge thank you to yourself, Carol and the whole of Four’s Company for putting on such a marvellous show for us last night at No5 Sessions. It was a great performance and gained you many new fans - you folk looked great too!
It’s a big job for you all just dealing with the logistics of getting the company out for a one-off like last night, and Richard and I are especially grateful for your flexibility dealing with the less than perfect space we could arrange. And then there’s the singing…. Well your singers were magnificent. I encouraged people sat around the edges of the room to move inwards so they could get the full impact of your voices - and they agreed it was worth the crush!
Keep on being marvellous. We’ll have Four’s Company back anytime you choose.
Audience Reviews - Sing for Your Supper June 2016
'I was blown away by the performance - Tony Blades
Totally rapt with the concert - you have GOT to do Leaky Boat in NYC, and at Auckland Airport as a flash mob - Sud Rao.
Another great concert. Thanks guys!! - Anita Keller
Is your rendition of Six Months in a Leaky Boat a prospect for NY? - Ben Walch It was a very enjoyable evening once again. Fours Company, you rock. - Trish Orme
Napier Mail September 2nd 2015
Audience Reviews - Broadway and Beyond 2 August 2015
My cheeks are sore from smiling so much. What a great show! - Sammy Russell
Fantastic Show! Awesome! - Claire Rogers
My 6 year old daughter woke up singing "If I were a rich man" deedle deedle deedle dum! Stellar performance Peter Tihema, incredible voice and characterisation, really left a mark. Well done Sydnee and all the cast and crew. Well worthy of Carnegie! - Themba Thusi
Fantastic show guys. Enjoyed every minute of it - Karyn Glew
Congrats to everyone for a very enjoyable evening. You were all terrific! All the best for the rest of the weekend - Gerry Morris
It was just wonderful, we enjoyed every minute - Beulah Chenery
I was stunned when someone I was chatting to after the shows thought we were all professionals and didn't realise we all have "day jobs"!! - Anna Kiriakidis
Napier Mail July 2015
Hawkes Bay Today June 2015
Golflands, No.5 Cafe and Larder - Open Mic Night May 2015
Just a quick note to say thank you for such a wonderful performance by Four's Company last night at Golflands. I've had so many people tell me how much they enjoyed it, it was quite an experience. And I loved every minute too!
Thank you all also for being so professional, dealing with the challenges of a tight venue and plenty of equipment issues to sort on the fly. Do please come back again.
Please pass our sincere thanks on to Carol and all of your singers.
Jeff Reid - Golflands
Commentators Report SingFest March 2015
Audience Reviews - Theatre Hawkes Bay Award Night March 2015
Hi Linda, On behalf of Theatre Hawke’s Bay, and all those that attended the Awards Night on Saturday night, I would like to congratulate and thank you and your team for the magnificent entertainment you put on. In my opinion the best yet at an Awards night. Please pass on our sincere thanks to everyone that gave so freely of their time to make our night a success. Once again our thanks. Kind regards Ken Morrison Secretary.
Fours company were fantastic. Very polished and professional. 21 voices on the stage and the theatre was absolutely filled with sound without them all being mic'd. My dad is pretty deaf bur every word sung could be heard. A truly joyous group to listen to. - Karyn Glew
Theatre Hawke's Bay honoured all the talented actors, actresses and technical personnel at our Annual Awards Night on the 7th of March. We were fortunate to have the magnificent 'Fours Company' there to perform for us!!! Bravo...they were awesome! Our Congratulations go to all the nominees and winners. Special thanks to all those involved behind the scenes...without you it wouldn't happen. - Theatre Hawkes Bay Facebook page
Audience Reviews - Broadway and Beyond June 2014
Wow! What a fantastic performance! Every single one of you were outstanding, I was spell bound throughout the entire performance.... I wept three times... Yes! Ou heard it, even in the first half...., the sound of music was the first to get to me, then Olives les mis solo had tears flooding down my face, and Sydney... Wow what a talent in the making... I was totally caught up in her performance then Lisa Eagle and Tim Eagle s performance captivated me. But it wasn't just the brilliant solos, coz they were all absolute quality....all of you together bought it! The choreography, the unity, the pride and the passion.... You moved me beyond what I had ever expected for a matinee performance! Thank you... And dare I say it... Can't wait to see what you do next... Some time soon please??? - Sammy Russell
I loved it!!!!! - Karl Perigo
Thank you Four's Company ,Another great show it was amazing - Anita Keller
Was a fabulous night! Well done guys - Amanda Cooper
I went to the show tonight.You were all awesome especially our Sam. You were brilliant. Thanks for showing me another side of you in something you enjoy doing. I didn't know you could sing. You did your theatre mates very proud. Again a big thank you and congrats for opening night. Hope the rest of the shows go well. - Alisha Mcculloch
I loved Saturday night....great show! - Val Morrison
Lions Clubs International Convention March 2014
Dear Four's Company
On behalf of the Lions 202M 2014 Convention Committee I would like to extend our gratitude to you for performing at our recent convention. The songs you performed were all amazing and it's clear you had spent many hours rehearsing in order to deliver a professional and flawless performance for us. Your item was definitely a major highlight in our evening.
The Convention was very successful and we have had a lot of extremely positive feedback that would not have been possible without the generous support of talented people like you.
Phil Allport Convention Chairman Lions Clubs International - 202M
Audience Reviews - The Spirit of Christmas Concerts December 2013
We have seen Four's Company 4 times now and if you are into music & singing they are A MUST TO SEE. Last Sunday they did The Spirit of Christmas. When you watch and listen to the company you will see the passion and joy that they give to their performance. Looking forward to their next concert. If you are reading this please come and see for yourself you will not be disappointed.
Richard & Anita Keller
Testimonial - NZ Singing School Final Concert January 2013
To Whom It May Concern:
The New Zealand Singing School Trust: Te Wananga Toi Waiata is grateful to the many members of Four's Company for the voluntary assistance given backstage to ensure the success of the 2013 New Zealand Singing School's final Concert and Prize giving at the Hawke's Bay Opera House on 14th January.
Among the members of Four's Company which provided this voluntary service ( during two days before and on the evening of the performance) were: Carol Della Barca, Paula Nagy, Wendy Person, Linda Gilchrist, Jillian Andrew, Matteo Della Barca, Antonio Della Barca, Thomas Oh, Callum Reeve, Phoebe Chenery and Taylor Vercoe.
The Company's assistance included stage and property management, costumes, makeup and hairdressing, stage setting and moving the Grand Piano. This work was done in a professional manner which complemented the excellent singing and acting performances of the eighty New Zealand Singing School's students.
The Trust looks forward to the involvement of Four's Company in the next school in January 2015.
Eileen von Dadelszen
Chairperson New Zealand Singing School Trust: Te Wananga Toi Waiata
Testimonials - Christmas Carols in the Streets of Hastings December 2012
To Whom it May Concern
The Four's Companu Choir performed outside Thomson's Suits before Christmas and they were fantastic. They provided a bright atmosphere for the town and a great variety of music. Very Enjoyable.
I would highly recommend them for any entertainment needed.
MJ Thomson Thomsons Suits
To Whom it May Concern
We enjoyed hearing the singing group Four's Company perform in the Hastings CBD over the Christmas period. The singing was very good, and helped create and fun and festive atmosphere in the city centre.
Barry Smyth MPS Hughes & Smyth Pharmacy Limited
Testimonial - Gift of Christmas Concert December 2012
Dear Linda, Thank you soo much for all your work!!!- It was a wonderful concert...you and Carol are both incredibly talented and a dream to work with. :-) Please pass on my thanks to your team- and the fine young men in particular who lifted and carried, and just got on with it!! They are a credit to themselves and great examples of the fabulous young men in our community!!!
Raewyn Newcomb Hawke's Bay Orchestra
Audience Review - Gift of Christmas Concert December 2012
I've been to a marvellous concert, Sunday at 2pm, Where there's music, dancing & humour And the singing was simply divine I'm now all ready for Christmas, With the thought of it still in my mind, So thank you, you clever ladies, And Peace to ALL Mankind!
Testimonial - Hastings Business Awards Mountain Sherpas July 2012
Thanks to Lynda and the team at Fours Company for working with us at this years Business Awards. You were all so easy to work with, professional, self sufficient and creative. Your group took away all the hassle that goes with working with some external organizations when putting on events – it was definitely one less headache for me from start to finish. I’d be more than happy to recommend you to anyone considering adding that extra wow factor to their events.
Andrea Taaffe Events and Promotions Manager Hastings City Business Association.