Farewell to Sally McLean from everyone at Spirit

6 years ago, Spirit of Harmony was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to take on Sally McLean as its Musical Director. Sally had made a big name for herself in the barbershop circle and beyond, being MD of the multi-time national champion chorus The White Rosettes, as well as a coach recognised all over the UK and throughout Europe and the United States. We were absolutely thrilled to have her on board!

Since joining the chorus in 2012, Sally has made an enormous difference to our culture and skills. She has lead us in consistently placing among the top 6 men’s barbershop choruses in the UK, and has overseen the development of our repertoire into a varied and exciting show package which our members love to sing. She has also expertly lead a team of fantastic section leaders and assistant chorus directors, and helped drive our move to York in June 2017.

Sadly, in May 2018 Sally announced that she would be stepping down as our Musical Director following the 2018 BABS Convention.

We’d like to take this opportunity to thank her sincerely for everything she has done for the chorus; her legacy will stay with us for a long time to come as we continue our journey. Nobody can match the skills, experience, dedication and passion that Sally has consistently demonstrated since long before she joined Spirit. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours, particularly with The White Rosettes, whom we consider to be great friends of our chorus. We sincerely hope that we will see Sally at a rehearsal again soon!

Ashville Acapella concert a great success

On 9th December 2017, Spirit of Harmony and The White Rosettes continued their bi-annual tradition of hosting a joint concert. This year, the two choruses featured alongside 2016 British Youth Champions 4 On Demand, as well as special guests Monkey Magic, known by many as The Great British Barbershop Boys.

Despite the impending threat of snowfall - which sadly rendered our other guests SoundHouse unable to attend - the show was attended by roughly 300 people and raised an estimated £1500 for each chorus, both of which are non-profit organisations.

Huge thanks to everyone who came, and we look forward to the next opportunity to work with The White Rosettes!

The White Rosettes are holding a 4-week "LIVE to Sing!" course in Leeds starting Wednesday 10th January 2018. For more details visit https://livetosingwr.eventbrite.co.uk/

Spirit of Harmony quartets at BABS Quartet Prelims 2017

Every year the British Association of Barbershop singers holds Quartet Prelims: an open quartet competition in which men's groups from across the country compete for a place in the national semi-final.

This year, Spirit of Harmony was represented in:

  • Trigger's Broom - 2017 Senior Quartet Champions
  • Waikikamukau - 2017 3rd Place Senior Quartet

Additionally, the Prelims weekend included the final round of the National Mixed Voice Quartet Contest. We were well-represented in this contest too, with Delekate and Pick 'n' Mix both making an appearance, and achieving great scores.

Sadly 4 On Demand, who were due to sing at Prelims, were unable to sing due to ill health on the day.

Congratulations to all the quartets who competed, particularly the Mixed Quartet medal winners, and the gentlemen fortunate enough to achieve a place in the semi-final!

4 On Demand place 6th in Europeans

Spirit of Harmony’s own quartet, 4 On Demand, were invited to represent the British Association of Barbershop Singers at the European Barbershop Quartet Competition in Bournemouth, on 29th October 2017.

We’re very pleased to report that 4OD finished 6th overall in the male competition - an excellent result for them as they prepare to enter the first round of the 2017/18 British national contest in just 2 weeks.

This was alongside 4 Gold Medals in National and European contests for our MD, Sally.

Local choirs raise £1000 for Leeds hospice

A panoply of choirs, including Spirit of Harmony, performed at St Edmund’s church in Roundhay, North Leeds on Friday in aid of St Gemma’s Hospice.

The event was a great success, raising a grand total of £1051.

Spirit of Harmony performed a 4-song set as part of a packed programme which included other local groups like Vocologee, Sally’s Army, and Good In Parts Community Choir.

Steve Jamison visits from the US

Spirit of Harmony is fortunate enough to have been coached by many great barbershoppers. One of those is Steve Jamison, who has been a judge with the Barbershop Harmony Society for nearly 40 years.

Steve is most famous in the UK for being one of the architects of the White Rosettes’ success - he has coached them for the last 10 years, during which they have consistently performed at an A-level standard.

We have been lucky enough to have worked with Steve on a few occasions, most recently on 15th June 2017. It was a great night - thanks so much to Steve for donating his time and boundless expertise!

Spirit of Harmony is moving to York

Spirit of Harmony is moving to York

Over the last few months, we've been thinking hard about how we can protect the chorus for the future. We decided that the first step would be to move our rehearsal location into a vibrant community full of potential recruits, as well as other musical groups and artists.

With that in mind, we're very pleased to announce that Spirit of Harmony will be based in York, North Yorkshire, starting on 29th June 2017.