Author Archives: Jenny Whitehouse

With a Song in our Heart

This Thursday, November 9th, we will be sharing the stage with Spirit of Harmony, our local male barbershop Chorus to raise funds to buy a defibrillator to be sited near Holy Redeemer Church, in Acomb, York – where Spirit of Harmony rehearse.  The concert is at 8pm at Holy Redeemer Church, Boroughbridge Road, York.  We would love to see you there!


Well we have had a very busy couple of months!  We took part in the Harrogate Music Festival, winning the barbershop and Open Choir competitions with Distinction and then went on to Pontefract where we repeated our successes!  The following week we were delighted to take part in the York Community Choir Festival at Joseph Rowntree which was good practice for us before we headed off to Spain.  At the Spanish Barbershop Convention, three of our quartets took part in the international quartet competition alongside some top quartets and they all gave a very good performance.  Then our chorus took part in the International chorus competition and waited nervously for the scores to be made available.  We were absolutely thrilled to have scored 72.7% which is our best score EVER!  We could hardly believe it, although we knew we had given a very good performance – we just realise how good!

Now we need to concentrate on our Learn to Sing in Harmony course and hope that we can attract some more ladies to join our wonderful chorus!

Gearing up

We’ve been too quiet here recently but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy!  We had Pontefract Music festival in April and Cleethorpes music festival in July.  Later in July we held our 20th anniversary concert which raised £1300 for our funds!  We finished July off with a superb quartet day organised by one of our quartets, Unique, who used the money they received from the Dorothy Bosley award to benefit the other quartets within our chorus.

In September we took part in the Forever Young festival at Grimston Court Care home which we thoroughly enjoyed despite the pouring rain all day!

A couple of weeks later we had a full day rehearsal, with coaching from Tim Briggs which was most enjoyable and now we have just 5 weeks left until LABBS convention in Harrogate, but first some of our quartets will be competing at Holmfirth Music Festival!

Lots to look forward to including another trip to the Spanish Convention in April – we’re very excited to be going there again!

Harrogate Music Festival

Yesterday saw us make our annual visit to Harrogate Music Festival. In the open choir class we were placed third – the class being won by a very large choir from Huddersfield and Friday Voices – an excellent group from Burton on Trent coming second. Our second class was the barbershop class, which we won with distinction. We were then asked to compete in the Choral Challenge class and although we gained distinction again the class was won by Friday Voices, who had also won the church choir class. They were deserving winners! It was disappointing that for a number of reasons, we had no quartets competing this year.
Now we are all systems go for our Spanish trip! Less than 3 weeks to go now. We’re really looking forward to sending the weekend together and taking part in the convention as well as having the opportunity to watch two top international quartets, Love Notes and Musical Island Boys. How exciting!

Coming next!

Well – February already and we’re rehearsing our new songs for convention and also learning the new Polecat – Bohemian Rhapsody!

Our next outing is the Harrogate Music Festival on 12th March where we will be competing in the Open Choir and Barbershop Classes.  Then it’s only a couple of weeks till we jet off to Spain to compete in the Spanish Association of Barbershop Sings Convention.  We are getting very excited about it and even more excited to see the special guests, Love Notes quartet and the Musical Island Boys!

We’re busy!

January has been a busy month for us!  Several of us helped to record a song for the CD which is being produced for the flood appeal in York – we’re making plans for our visit to Spain, learning new songs and before the end of the month we have two singouts – one for Skipton Building Society at the Harrogate International Centre and we are also singing at the York Community Choir Festival, where 11 choirs/choruses are singing over 3 nights!  Then we have to start gearing up for music festivals and more singouts.  It’s a good job we like singing!!

LABBS 2015

We are all back from a fabulous weekend at LABBS 2015 in Bournemouth!  We all had a wonderful time (apart from the 8 hour coach journey back) and came away from convention with our highest ever score – a 5.3% increase on last years score!  We were delighted!  Photos and video to follow soon!

That time of year!

Its getting close to convention time again!  Just 7 weeks till we make the long trip to Bournemouth to compete in our annual convention.  We’re rehearsing hard and are looking forward to the trip!  We are very excited though to be making an even longer trip in March to go and compete at the Spanish Convention in Calpe.  We are busy organising and planning – flights are booked so we’re off!!

Before then though, on October 24th,  we have been invited to perform at a fundraising concert at the Gateway Church in Acomb – supporting Jessica Holgate , a talented young singer who is raising funds for Kidasha whose focus is to support disadvantaged and vulnerable young people in Nepal. We’ve a few other things lined up too – watch this space!

Festivals Festivals and more festivals!

At Harrogate Music festival in March, we were delighted to win the choir class and to go on to win the choral challenge class – a class for the winners of other classes! Congratulations too to Northern Lights quartet who won the vocal group class!

June saw us crossing the Humber Bridge to Cleethorpes to the Music Festival there, – where we had a clean sweep, winning the ladies choir class, the barbershop chorus class and the overall trophy for the highest marks of the day!

In July it was a festival of a different kind – the ADAM (Acomb Dance and Music) festival in our local village where we performed two sets to a full hall. No prizes up for grabs on this occasion – just a chance to entertain!