YOU don’t have to be a fella to sing a cappella.
And there’s no reason why you should be a bloke to perform barbershop.
Just ask these ladies.
They’re members of Sheffield Harmony, an all-women chorus who plan to wow audiences when they compete against 22 other choruses on Saturday at Birmingham Symphony Hall.
The chorus started in 1978 and perform a wide range of songs from traditional barbershop to a cappella versions of all-time favourites and show songs.
Chorus president Sue Finnigin said: “We have such fun.
“We’re a group of women from all over Sheffield who just love singing. We love nothing more than singing to different audiences in charity events, weddings, parties and shows. You name it – we’ll be there!
“There are 35 of us in the chorus at the moment but we’re always keen to welcome new members.”
Every year Sheffield Harmony competes at the Sweet Adelines Convention. The winners go on to compete against the victors from 34 other regions around the globe in the international finals in America.
“It’s a very tough competition,” said Barry Clinton, Musical Director. “Each year, the standard of choruses competing gets better and better – but then, so do we.”
Sheffield Harmony meets every Monday night at 7.30pm at Bents Green Methodist Church on Ringinglow Road.
“You don’t have to be able to read music,” said Sue. “With four parts there is something to suit every voice.
“And you just need an interest in three things - singing, barbershop style and having fun.”
You can find out more at www.sheffieldharmony.org or just pop down on a Monday night.
Everyone is welcome.
In preparation for this year’s competition, Sheffield Harmony is having an Open Rehearsal in Bents Green Methodist Church tonight at 8pm.
Said Sue: “Do come along to give the chorus a resounding send off to represent Sheffield at Birmingham Symphony Hall.”