The Cottontown Chorus from Bolton have scooped up their 7th Gold Medal title in the 2018 British Association of Barbershop Singers chorus contest, in which Spirit of Harmony placed 5th.
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/
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!
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.
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 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!
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.
Spirit of Harmony is fortunate enough to be home to a number of great quartets. After a successful quartet prelims in November 2016, 3 of our quartets made it into the UK top 16, which earned them a place in the 2017 Semi-Finals.
This round took place on Friday 26th May, and all 3 of our quartets did themselves and Spirit very proud! In the toughest semi-final in competition history, under the scrutiny of an international panel of judges, South Parade achieved a great score of 64.2%, and Blueprint were awarded 69% and 13th place overall. 4 On Demand (current National Youth Champions) achieved a 73.3% score, which placed them in the UK top 6 and took them through to the final.
In the final on Sunday 28th May, 4OD came 6th with an average score across the 2 rounds of 72.1%. This is a great result and the highest score they’ve achieved to date.
We look forward to the next National Prelims in November 2017, where we hope to see another fantastic Spirit of Harmony representation.