Barbershop Harmony Chorus
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Where does the time go? We seem to have only recently returned from competing in Spain and we are already starting to think/prepare for the BABS convention in May next year.
Entry forms for local competitions are also dropping through the letter box and we are giving thought to entering some if not all of them as a “warm Up” for the main event
After some constructive comments by the international judges in Spain we all know what we have to improve on if we really want to keep increasing our marks and position so some hard work for the next few months ahead!
We are pleased to welcome our latest new member Philip Marshall who has previously sung with the Rivertones – Their loss and our gain! May I say on behalf of all of 5Ways a great big welcome Phil good to have you on board.
Our MD and some of our members are off to Bournemouth this week end for the LABS Convention who are hosting the European contest this year. Good luck to all the competitors.
As I say every time if you are reading this you have some interest in Barbershop so you would be most welcome to come and see us at one of the events we sing at or join us at our rehearsals on a Thursday evening – but be careful it is addictive!! We would love to see you

Having returned from the Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers Convention with the Highest mark we have ever achieved and that from 3 International judges you could say that we were quite pleased with ourselves! In particular our singing scores made us proud but we need to work on the presentation rather harder than we have before. Although we are thoroughly enjoying ourselves on stage we sometimes forget to tell our faces and this reflects in our scores – but good to have something positive to work on for BABS nest year.

We had an enormous amount of fun in June when we entertained our friends from across the pond. A joint Chorus of American and Canadian barbershoppers Pacific Coast Sound formed specifically for a touring visit to the UK. We first “met” their organiser some 3 years ago when she kindly organised some fundraising for us having heard that we had lost all our music and risers when our rehearsal venue burnt down in a freak storm.

We welcomed 35 of them to our rehearsal night and we sang to each other for most of the night intermingled with lots of liquid refreshment (to keep the throats lubricated) and wonderful food provided by the Souvlaki Brothers. ALL in all a wonderful time was had by both chorus’s and their friends and we are very tempted to organise a return visit sometime.

We are busy learning lots of new songs and trying to practice what we know we need to improve which is our performance. If we can get that right we could surprise ourselves at the next convention.

That’s about all I have for now. Hope to see you at one of our rehearsals or one of the events we sing at You are very welcome to come to either – Who knows you might even like it enough to join us !!

We are all busy preparing to attend the Spanish Barbershop convention in April next year. Early booking of flights essential and looking at options for hotels and even apartments for those who are able to stay on and make a holiday out of it.

Songs are chosen and work has commenced on those and we are currently trying to book a guest Director to work with us on them. Everyone is getting excited!

We are singing at the Oxford Music Festival in February to give the “package” an airing
We are looking forward to meeting an American mixed chorus who are coming over next June to do some sight seeing and singing. It will make an interesting evening if some of our neighbouring chorus’ can come along and swell the numbers as well as being a great opportunity to have a good sing and maybe even a beer or two!!

Our MD Shanna Wells has returned from her exciting trip to Harmony University in America with renewed enthusiasum and loads of new ideas and things we can all do to improve the unity of sound in our small chorus. It has already made a difference so hopefully it will all aid a great result at SABS

We are looking forward to getting back to full strength now the holiday season is behind us
We would be delighted to see you at one of our events so feel free to contact us and come to hear us or join in with us at a rehearsal or you can come along and support one of the many fund raising evenings that we perform at.

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