Fascinating Rhythm is proud to be a member of LABBS – the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers. LABBS was established in 1976 and now has over 2000 members in approximately 50 Choruses and quartets.
What is LABBS?
LABBS is one of three barbershop-singing organisations in the United Kingdom, and the only purely-British organisation for female barbershop singers. Our members love to sing and we take every opportunity to share our love of barbershop and our passion for harmony, wherever we can. Choruses vary in size and are made up of women of all ages but at the heart is their shared love of singing, friendship and being part of a modern and dynamic association. Our LABBS youth chorus, The Ivy League, also draws young members from around the country. For more information, visit the LABBs website
What is Barbershop?
Barbershop harmony is four-part, unaccompanied close-harmony singing. The lead usually sings the melody. The tenor harmonizes above the lead, the bass harmonizes below and the baritone sings notes in between to make chords that give barbershop its characteristic ‘full’ sound.
Probably the most distinctive feature of barbershop harmony is the phenomenon known as ‘expanded sound.’ It is created when the harmonics reinforce each other to produce audible overtones or undertones. Barbershoppers call this “ringing a chord” and is pretty much guaranteed to give both the singers and the audience goosebumps!
Presentation is also a key element in Barbershop singing. Barbershoppers are known to sing from the heart, using both musical and visual methods to convey the message of a song and engage with the audience.
LABBS holds an annual convention in late autumn. This is an exciting weekend, packed with competitions for both choruses and quartets and shows with talented performances from the best of barbershop across the UK and barbershop organisations around the world. Representatives from our organisation also compete with success at a European level, and travel to showcase our best talent in Europe and the USA. Our choruses and quartets are frequently involved in competitions and shows around the UK and representation from our top choruses is commonplace at the finals of BBC3′s Choir of the Year and at the International Eisteddfod.
Fascinating Rhythm at Convention
LABBS Annual Convention is the highlight of the Barbershop year with
great shows, competitions, and ‘afterglows’, where everyone gets to sing
whether on stage, in the bar or back at the hotel. Fascinating Rhythm
regularly competes in this event.
2015 – Bournemouth here we come!
2014 – Harrogate: Placed 7th and with our best overall score yet.
2013 – Llandudno: Placed 5th out of 38 Choruses, our best ranking yet.
2012 – Telford: Fascinating Rhythm retain their top ten position with a crowd-cheering performance of South Rampart Street
2011 – Harrogate: we were delighted to be awarded ‘The Millennium Award’ for the most improved chorus and ‘The Cheshire Chord Trophy’ for the Director effecting most improvement in their chorus was won by our MD Jo Dean. We were placed at our highest ever ranking – 7th
2010 – Llandudno: rising through the rankings and placed 11th
2008 – 2009: we took a year off in 2008 to work on our performance and came back with renewed vigour to Cheltenham in 2009 under the direction of our new (and current) Musical Director, Jo Dean, and were were very pleased to be placed 12th.
2001 – 2007: We were delighted to win the Novice Chorus Award in 2001 and came 20th. Harrogate in 2003 saw us placed 24th. 2004 again in Harrogate we were pleased to improve our ranking to 17th. We visited Cardiff in 2005 and came 14th. 2006 back to Harrogate and we were 11th. We travelled to Bournemouth in 2007 and were placed 22nd.