High-flying undergraduates give taste of Harvard harmony on their summer tour

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 June, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 June, 2007, 12:00am

One of the oldest and best Ivy League a cappella groups is back in town. The Harvard Krokodiloes' annual international tour has included Hong Kong for what seems like decades now. The group, from Harvard University naturally, will be in the city until Friday.

While the faces of the singing undergraduates have changed, what remains is a commitment to a repertoire of classic American songs.

'This is our 25th consecutive summer tour,' manager and singer Alex Stokes said.

'It's a unique experience. When I was a junior I happened to meet someone in the group and I asked what was so special about it. He said: 'Well, every summer we get to travel.' And it is a fantastic opportunity for all the guys.'

With only 12 positions in the group, a spot on the prestigious choir is a big deal. Not only do you first have to get accepted into Harvard, next you must also prove you've got the vocals.

Auditions are held twice a year and the number of positions depends on how many members finish their degrees. 'Last year, we had a whole lot of people graduate so there were about eight empty spaces in the group.'

The Kroks are performing at lunch today and tomorrow at Cipriani and the China Club, and then at the Kowloon Shangri-La hotel's Lobby Lounge at 6.30pm.