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.
Well here we are again having returned with what to us was another great victory at BABS convention in Harrogate having moved up the ladder by 3 places and a small increase in our marks on last year.
We keep improving which is the sole aim each year. That of course is not true because we also aim to have a thoroughly good time whilst we are there which once again we certainly did!
WE entertained a hen Party on Friday night who happened to be in the same restaurant as us and on Saturday we continued in that vain when the restaurant manager asked us to sing, liked what he heard and asked for more!! It all seemed to go down very well with the other customers who were pleased to have some free entertainment.
We competed with 21 men on the risers the biggest we have ever been. For the first time we could boast a tenor section as we had 3 tenors on stage one of whom had only joined the chorus a few weeks earlier. We had 2 convention ” virgins” on stage and even more first time supporters all of which had a thoroughly good time and are even threatening to follow us to Spain in 2007
So its onward and hopefully upward for us. 2017 will see us compete in the Spanish international convention. This will be a little different as men ladies and mixed choruses all compete in the same event. Our aims will of course be the same plus a firm intention of catching a few “rays ” whilst there. What’s not to like? You could join us if you want – see the contact page.
As mentioned in my previous post we are hoping to welcome our friends from America who are visiting Britain for some site seeing and singing next summer
Our concert which was aimed at raising funds for both ourselves and Katherine House Hospice was a great success. We were joined by Middleton Cheney singers and the Quartet Tonic who kindly agreed to appear and support or fundraising. We are pleased to say we will shortly be handing over a cheque to the hospice for £700.
Our MD Shanna Wells will shortly be travelling to the American Harmony University. No doubt she will be back with lots of great new ideas and making us work even harder to achieve an even better sound.
That’s all for now but keep an eye on our events if you want to catch up with us