Each year, on usually the last weekend of October, you will find us somewhere in the country in full makeup and glitzy dresses as we prepare to cross the stage and compete in the LABBS Annual Convention
2020 has been the strangest of years and of course, a certain pandemic has put paid to any kind of mass gathering – definitely no chance of 2020 barbershoppers descending on Bournemouth International Centre!
However, not to be deterred, the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers hopped on-line and have blown us all away by providing a whole weekend of educational sessions, chorus and quartet contributions and amazing guest speakers.
We felt proud to see our contribution air on Saturday afternoon on LABBS TV, live through YouTube.
Please enjoy our ‘Life in Lockdown’ video featuring the song ‘Listen to the Music’.
We are so proud to have kept the music going during 2020 and we can’t wait to be back together for real.
Well, our tenth workshop came and went and what a day we had! With a buoyant attendance of over 60 delegates, we couldn’t wait to get the started on this year’s song, The LABBS polecat “Make Your Own Kind of Music”.
We warmed up, sorted the parts and went off in our sections, armed with liberal amounts of coffee and cake.
Before we knew it, it was time to reassemble and with the bulk of the song learned, wow, it was sounding fabulous!
After a swift lunch, with an opportunity to have a flutter on the raffle , we reconvened and Wendy restarted our brains with the fun but tricky “Boom Snap Clap” exercise.
One last sectional was enjoyed to iron out those last few tricksy bits and then a several run-throughs with the whole group, before it was time to perform for the attendees friends and families.
We were really impressed with the performance from our delegates and the way they immersed themselves in the spirit of the day. We hope they continue to make their own kind of music and return for next year’s challenge!
We were thrilled to improve our score again this year. Competing at this level and gaining on last year’s marks makes the graft absolutely worth it. No-one ever said it was going to be easy!
As tradition dictates, we took two more bespoke arrangements by the wonderful Dr Liz Garnett to the stage and we were delighted to receive so many compliments on the beauty of them, especially City of Stars from La La Land.
Singing by the seaside is always a pleasure and it’s safe to say that even if it was a tad blowy and the local gulls participated in some hotel room raiding for sandwiches(!), Llandudno was lovely.
On a not so sunny June afternoon Fascinating Rhythm and Junior FR joined the Yate Rocks Festival Great Choir Showcase.
This annual music festival is organised by Yate Town Council and this year we were asked to perform alongside other local choirs.
Junior FR as always sang beautifully and entertained the crowd with a rousing version of Mr Blue Sky which cheered up the slightly ‘rained on’ audience as they enjoyed their picnics.
Junior FR open the Show
FR ‘rocking’ to the Juniors
FR opened the adults choir section after causing some confusion for the sound guy – he was expecting us to have a backing track! We jumped onto the back of a lorry (a new experience for a lot of us) and sang some of our favourites including the fabulous arrangement of ‘This is Me’
We could then sit back and enjoy the other choirs who were performing including Choir Jam from Keynsham, Bromley Heath Community Choir and the huge Rock Choir – a fantastic afternoon’s entertainment.
The collective of Choirs at the end of the day
All too soon came the finale, all the choirs joined together to sing ‘Hallelujah’ by Leonard Cohen, a fabulous end to a great afternoon.
We enjoyed ourselves hugely and would love to do it again in the future.
Fascinating Rhythm entertain at the Great Choir Show Case
Recently, we were delighted to present a final cheque for almost £550.00 to Dementia Connections, our chosen charity for 2018.
Thelma represented Fascinating Rhythm to present the cheque to Amanda and Christine who run the local group in Wotton-under-Edge.
Christine said “All of us at Dementia Connections are really grateful for this donation from Fascinating Rhythm. The money will help us to complete our allotment project this year. We plan to add a seating area, raised beds and troughs, so that everyone in our groups can take part in planting and harvesting this year and into the future. We love our days on the allotment, when weather allows, and all this will make it so much easier for us to go there more often. A huge thank you from all of us. Amanda and Christine”
We are of course so pleased to be able to help such a worthy cause and wish them well in their future projects.