In late fall of 2010, several local members of the Barbershop Harmony Society led by Mark Stevens contemplated the possibility of south-western Ontario supporting an a cappella singing ensemble with an approach similar to other world class choruses; a performing chorus whose membership would work seriously towards a product, similar to that of other International medallist choruses.
Several existing members were canvassed, as well as numerous new singers, and the first rehearsal of this "would-be" ensemble was scheduled for December 15, 2010. As fate would have it, a serious early winter storm enveloped south-western Ontario wreaking havoc on area roadways forcing postponement of our first meeting until January 15. With sheet music and part learning tracks in hand, invitees prepared themselves for what turned out to be an exciting evening of singing and fellowship. Twenty-seven men showed up (including several non-members of the BHS along with BHS members from the Kitchener-Waterloo area, Simcoe, Seaforth, St. Thomas, Woodstock, Sarnia and London) for that first rehearsal at the Forest City Community Church on Bostwick Road in south-west London.
The sound that first night was quite incredible! Musical leadership was entrusted to Dave Campbell, Chorus Director of the Seaforth Chapter and Gordon Miller, Chorus Director of the London Chapter. It was obvious that the interest level and enthusiasm was abundant; a worthy endeavour to pursue further.
Although rehearsals were not regular for several weeks, the group was fortunate to secure space at Regina Mundi High School, near the 401 on Wellington Road (very convenient for out of town members). The chorus continues to work hard, almost 4 years later (albeit a different practice venue).