Hugh Cook


hugh-cookI grew up in Waterloo/Kitchener at a time when all public schools had a music teacher/program. I sang in school choirs, high school glee clubs, church choirs and later had a go at chorus work in Gilbert and Sullivan and fund-raising musical comedy.

During my school days I struggled through Conservatory piano to the grade 8 level (strictly bull work, no talent). Music theory and harmony studies were much more to my liking.

When we moved back to this area, I joined the Centennial Choir and sang with that group for 15 years or so.

I saw a notice in the Standard-Freeholder that a Barbershop group was forming, and since I had heard John Hamilton et al quarteting, it sounded like fun. I joined the group as a Bass when it was formed 20+ years ago. When the chorus found itself without enough baritones, a few years ago, I left my comfortable pew in the Bass section, and sang that challenging harmony part. When the need had passed, I was happy to return to my familiar Bass section, where all was forgiven.

I don’t have a strong enough voice for quartets, but I enjoy chorus work, especially Tags.

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