Weekly rehearsals: Guildford Harmony rehearses every Tuesday evening, 7:45pm to 10:00pm, at the Queen Elizabeth Park Centre Centre in Railton Road, Guildford. If you’d like to come along to see what we’re about, check our Join Us page for more information!
To celebrate the 40th birthday of the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers, the LABBS Beacon of Harmony scroll is travelling the country, being passed from chorus to chorus.
Beacon Scroll comes to Guildford Harmony
Judy had a fun time with Spirit of the South who passed the scroll to us on 17th May which coincided with their eighth birthday celebration at Port Solent Marina. We had a super meal with jolly company and finished the evening with a few songs. Next week it’s our turn to pass the scroll to Cascade who are hosting a four chorus event at their venue in Waterlooville on 25th May.
The Queen’s 90th birthday celebration on 14th May turned out to be a beautiful day with lots of sunshine which helped to make this a very successful sing-out for Guildford Harmony. We were very pleased to have Sue Lampard directing us – well done Sue and thanks for jumping in at the deep end and staying so calm and competent. Lots of fun with a big turn out and our first practice in our super new venue, The Queen Elizabeth Park Centre Centre in Railton Rd.
It’s been a hectic time for Guildford Harmony recently. Last December we had three sing-out events: Christmas carols at Gomshall Mill; a carol concert at the Kingston Masons’ Christmas dinner; and we also took part in a charity Christmas carol concert at St. John’s Church, Normandy, where we helped to raise funds for GUTS (bowel cancer) and Bloodwise (formerly known as Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research). Bloodwise was our chosen charity for 2015 and during the year we raised £913, which we were proud to present recently to local Bloodwise rep, Rosie Spalding (see photo). Our heartfelt thanks to all who supported us. This year our chosen charity is the Woking and Sam Beare Hospice.
We have been very busy since Christmas working with different musical directors in new venues. These directors have helped us develop our warm up routines, dynamics and pitch. We would like to thank Phoebe Gaydon, Bill Payne and Sue Lampard for their excellent contributions.
Work in progress: we are currently working on several new songs including Mamma Mia, For Once in My Life, and Hooked on a Feeling. We have also welcomed some new members and congratulate Kate on passing her audition.
A group of us from Guildford Harmony went to LABBS Harmony College, held at the University of Nottingham, from 8th – 10th April. This particular LABBS-run event hadn’t been held for some years so was an opportunity not to be missed!
Kas joined the Chorus Stream and was coached intensively by the brilliant Sally McClean. Ali joined the Directing Stream and attended lectures and hands-on sessions with some of the top chorus MDs.
Four of us went as a quartet (one of whom was a last-minute stand-in Bari – well done Sally). We received coaching from a series of LABBS and BABS medal winners, including the Doug Harrington! By the end of the weekend we had learnt lots, including some really great techniques on song planning and interpretation, and had worked a lot on blending, really raising our standard.
Representing Guildford Harmony over three different streams of this musical education event we all came away feeling musically enriched. Our experience was also great fun because everyone in the barbershop world is so friendly and approachable and we recognised many familiar faces from previous events.
The weekend was, of course, a great opportunity to spend social time with other GH members. As a group we all enjoyed the spontaneous polecat singing at the bar on Saturday evening, which united the many represented choruses from up and down the country.
A few of us are already starting to think about BABS Harmony College (the mixed equivalent) in August. Extreme Quartets anyone?
Guildford Harmony is currently looking for new members, in particular Lead (Soprano/Mezzo) voices so if you love to sing please do give us a call and arrange to come and try us out.
You don’t need to read music. Just come along and join us for a couple of hours. We’ll have a warm-up then run through some easy songs so you can get an idea of what we do.
All ages and sizes welcome – you don’t have to look like our friend here.
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A Tag is the last few bars of a song – used for a quick and easy harmony fix during rehearsal, warmup or anytime barbershops get together. Easy to learn and instant to enjoy, we use them as gap fillers between more serious work on songs.