Former Harrogate children’s home resident to receive barbershop medal

Steve Green on stage with the Cambridge Chord Company. (S)
Steve Green on stage with the Cambridge Chord Company. (S)

A former resident of the Harrogate branch of the National Children’s Home will be recognised by the Association of Barbershop Singers next month.

Steve Green, now 77, lived in the children’s home on Ash Rd, Pannal, from 1947 to 1953 with his two brothers and two sisters following the death of his mother five years earlier.

It was there that Steve and his twin brother David were introduced to choir singing.

In 1951 they went to the Wesley Chapel on Oxford St and were introduced to the Reverend Vaughan-Jones who produced an annual concert incorporating much of his own music.

Steve said: “This opened another musical door. I can still remember a lot of the lyrics to this day.”

Singing became a hobby for Steve since that time, though he left Harrogate and the children’s home in the 1950s.

“I was always into music and all my children turned out to be singers too,” he said.

In 1984 he joined a four-part vocal harmony singing group in Saffron Waldon and joined the Association of Barbershop Singers.

It is now 30 years since Steve joined the association, and his return to Harrogate sees his dedication rewarded with a medal in honour of his membership.

Steve said: “My son Steven did a stint in Euro-Disney and was part of the opening cast there, and I went with my choir to Canada and the States.”

It was in Montreal in 2003 where he represented the United Kingdom with the Cambridge Chord Company (CCC), coming 11th in the world with his barbershop harmony group.

Steve, still a member of the CCC, will also attend a reunion of the children’s home in September.

He said: “You can’t keep me away from Harrogate, I love it!”

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