New voices in per­fect har­mony

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A NEW male voice choir is in fine voice.

Twenty strong and singing in the bar­ber­shop style, the Ash­ford Bar­ber­shop Cho­rus gave its first per­for­mance in Willes­bor­ough, singing to an au­di­ence of fam­ily and friends.

The for­ma­tion of the new cho­rus fol­lows a seven-week Learn to Sing course, spon­sored by the Bri­tish As­so­ci­a­tion of Bar­ber­shop Singers. The singers come from Ash­ford, Maid­stone, Hythe and Folke­stone.

Bar­ber­shop singing started in this coun­try about 50 years ago and has come a long way since the days of striped blaz­ers and straw boaters.

This un­ac­com­pa­nied style of four-part har­mony singing, us­ing spe­cial ar­range­ments of pop­u­lar and well-known songs, is mu­si­cally chal­leng­ing and there is an an­nual con­ven­tion held in the UK where cho­ruses and quar­tets from all over the coun­try meet an­nu­ally to com­pete with each other.

Over the com­ing months, the Ash­ford Bar­ber­shop Cho­rus, which is the only men’s bar­ber­shop cho­rus in this part of Kent, will be build­ing its reper­toire of songs and looking to re­cruit new mem­bers.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact the mu­si­cal di­rec­tor, David Hol­loway on 01424 813298 or david@team­ser­vices.de­mon.co.uk

The new Ash­ford bar­ber­shop choir

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