Formed in January 2020, this quartet is refusing to be limited by either social or geographical distancing. The bass clef is comprised of Aucklanders Mehernaz Darukhanawalla and Helena Lister while the treble clef, Kate Sinclair and Jill Rodgers, lives in Hamilton. Initially brought together by baritone Sarah Bynevelt who had recently moved from Christchurch to Tauranga, the sound was an instant lock and ping. It was sadly ironic that Sarah was instantaneously transferred to Invercargill leaving a trio with not so much lock, much less ping, but a huge desire to sing. Helena filled the gap more than admirably, and with Sarah’s blessing, Unlimited was not so much born as genetically engineered.
Jill and Kate are Musical Directors of the two barbershop choruses in Hamilton and bring a wealth of know-how and can-do to the quartet. Some may remember Jill as lead of 4th Avenue, gold medallist quartet in 2003, and Kate has sung in top-5 quartets Prima Donna, Total Addiction, and Fever 4. Mehernaz is a very experienced bass with a huge rich voice and has competed internationally with the Greater Auckland and Christchurch City Choruses. Helena was new to the barbershop style in 2013 joining Waikato Rivertones and has enjoyed success in several quartets including finishing top-5 with Sweet Life. More recently she has been singing with Auckland a cappella pop group, Stellar Singers. This quartet loves getting together to sing, well, for the one time they have this year, so watch this space.