Mum and daughter in perfect harmony

Sheffield Harmony Chorus, 'Mum & Daughter Anita & Amy Coan
Sheffield Harmony Chorus, 'Mum & Daughter Anita & Amy Coan
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MUMS and daughters don’t often share the same musical taste...

But 47-year-old Anita Coan and her daughter Amy, 10, are singing from the same hymn sheet when it comes to their love of barbershop.

For now the pair have signed up to a course run by the all female Sheffield Harmony Choir to instruct them on how to do it properly.

Anita, a child psychologist from Nether Green, said: “My husband Andrew has been singing in a barbershop male chorus for years so we thought we would join a choir to try it out.

“We’re having a great time and looking forward to singing in a Christmas concert next month. It’s great fun and really useful to learn about all the things you can do to improve your voice.”

Amy, who attends Nether Green Junior School, is the youngest of the 60-plus students.

She said: “I think it’s really exciting. I’m really enjoying it and I think the sound we produce is great.”

Membership secretary Debbie Bernard is delighted with how the course is going.

She said: “We weren’t sure what response we would have to our 12-week course but we’ve been bowled over by the number of women who have come along.

“We wanted to introduce more women to singing in four part harmony a cappella style, without accompaniment. Everyone likes to sing and when you learn some tips and techniques to make the most of your voice and sing with others, it’s even better.”

Established members of Sheffield Harmony and new singing course members, are all learning new Christmas songs together.

“We felt it was important we had some new songs that none of us knew,” said Debbie. “It’s working really well. In fact, our new course members are keeping us on our toes!

“Their enthusiasm and commitment is fantastic and we’re really impressed with their singing skills.”

At the end of the course, Sheffield Harmony hopes to recruit some of the students into the main group to swell the numbers.

“We’re quite a small chorus by comparison with others from around the country,” said Debbie. “It would be great to go along to next year’s Sweet Adelines international competition with an even bigger and better sound.”

n Sheffield Harmony Chorus will perform at the St Luke’s city centre Festival of Light at Sheffield Station on Monday, December 5, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.