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25 Nov 2017 - 07:30

We have a number of fundraising events over the next year to support our trip to St Louis to...

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17 Dec 2017 - 16:00

Our Christmas show will include performances from guests Carlton Brass Band and St Wilfrid’s C...

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It’s Voices Only… A Capella 

Barbershop is a style of close harmony, unaccompanied vocal music. It originated in America but has spread all over the world. The music arrangements create a special ringing sound, rich in overtones. Barbershop singers work very hard to make every note and chord as accurate as possible., while they deliver the musical message with style and passion.

All barbershop music is arranged for four distinct voice parts – tenor, lead, baritone and bass. This requirement for at least four people is responsible for the classic ‘barbershop quartet’ of singers. But we don’t wear funny waistcoats or straw hats any more! A  barbershop chorus or quartet is usually either all women or all men ( but we do sing together for fun sometimes!)

An international organisation named Sweet Adelines was formed in 1945, and still coordinates the women’s choruses and quartets around the world. There are currently about 23,000 members scattered across 15 countries, who make up over 500 choruses and 1200 quartets. 

You can read more about the history of women’s barbershop here