Junior FR took part in The Big Sing on 1st December at St Peters Church in Frampton Cotterell. This community charity event raises funds for Christian Aid with many school choirs and local children’s choirs involved. Wearing their FR T-shirts and with something Christmassy in their hair, JFR performed a 3-part arrangement of ‘Amazing Grace/Pachabel’s Canon’, then the juniors sang a really fun and vibrant version of ‘Must Be Santa’ by
Bob Dylan, followed by the seniors with ‘Winter Wonderland’ in 4 parts and supported by the FR helpers. MD Wendy Howse received the following from one of the organisers:
‘I just wanted to say a big thank you to JFR for coming along to this year’s Big Sing, the children sang beautifully & are a real credit to you. I’m pleased to say that £510.71 was raised for Christian Aid, to which will be added £94 in Gift Aid. Thanks again & best wishes’ Alison.
Jolly cold, but it was the most beautiful winter’s day to enjoy a bit of seasonal singing. On 4th December 2016, we were pleased to be invited back to sing in the beautiful little church in the grounds of the National Trust’s very popular Dyrham Park where we performed two sets to good audiences. Lovely experience for the youngsters, including those who joined in when the pitch was blown (and not necessarily in the same key).
We had a bit of a struggle to get there as unfortunately there had been an accident on the
A 46 and the road was eventually closed, but most of us were on time for the first session and the rest arrived after a detour through the village. Once again we were very well looked after – tea, coffee and biscuits warmed us through the sub-zero temperatures; very difficult to see the MD when your glasses mist up every time you sing!
Oooh – is that Santa doing an early run?
We’re thrilled to bits to have improved our score again this year by a whole 2 points and hold on to our 5th place. We’ve still a way to go before scoring high enough to get into the top 3 but we’re more consistent now and improving year on year. Two points may not seem like much, but considering there was only 0.6 between us and the 4th placed Chorus and 0.4 for the one biting our ankles you can see just how tight the competition is. We’re judged in three categories: Music (the arrangement), Presentation & Singing; looking at the scores, we were actually 4th in Presentation, so we dun good getting the interpretation of the songs across. Our new dresses looked good under the stage lights too, very sparkly. We had both of our songs especially arranged for us again this year by Liz Garnett: ‘Is You Is or Is You Ain’t My Baby’ and ‘Someone to Watch Over Me’. Apparently, we’re the first chorus to bring two totally new arrangements to two consecutive conventions; hope this sets a trend – there’s so many great songs out there just waiting to be arranged and sung in the barbershop style. We’re aiming to make it three in a row and bring two ones to Eastbourne in 2017.
During 2016, LABBS (Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers) are celebrating 40 years of glorious harmony and, as with every Convention, all the clubs are sent a song to learn so we can raise the roof together. As this is a special year, we were sent no less a challenge than … Bohemian Rhapsody! If you’d like to hear what it sounds like sung by 2,000 women, led by multiple gold medallists The White Rosettes chorus and their MD Sally McLean—visit www.labbs.org.uk (scroll middle column just above White Rosettes).
At this point, we’d again like to say a huge Thank You to all Friends of FR and to our families for the support you give us throughout the year; we had over 200 guests at our dress rehearsal and it really makes such a difference to have you there.
Thursday evening, 11th August. Women from across Bristol and South Gloucestershire joined together at Fascinating Rhythm’s rehearsal hall in Winterbourne to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ladies’ Barbershop Singing in the UK, and it was a truly enjoyable event, thanks to some inspired liaising between the Chairwomen of their respective Choruses.
The Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (http://www.labbs.org.uk) runs a national network of Ladies’ Choruses and holds an annual convention competition, this year in Harrogate. Throughout 2016, LABBS Choruses have been signing a Beacon of Harmony scroll, which has travelled around the country from Chorus to Chorus and will end up in Harrogate at Convention at the end of October.
Three excellent Chairs
This special event was attended by around 100 singers from our three local Choruses; Avon Harmony, Bristol Fashion and Fascinating Rhythm, and a delegation from Cardiff Style who handed on the Beacon. Old and new friends mingled over supper, singing together and for each other, led by their Musical Directors Alex de Bruin, Craig Kehoe and Jo Dean.
Kate Tiveny, Chairman of Bristol Fashion, said “It was a great privilege and pleasure to
receive the Beacon Scroll from Cardiff Style on behalf of our local Choruses and we look forward to passing it on to Cleeve Harmony on 24th August”.
Terri Kinnison Chair of Fascinating Rhythm, said “We were so glad to be able to host this wonderful celebration of femaile’ harmony singing and to meet the founders of barbershop and a cappella singing in this area. There was an awesome sound tonight.”
Jackie Boffin, Chairman of Avon Harmony, drew the evening to a close and expressed her pleasure at seeing and hearing so many chorus members enjoying food and music together in this special year of Ladies Barbershop.
More pictures on our Gallery page.
Lazy Day with 3 MDs!
Very pleased to say that young rider Peter who did so well in the RDA regional competition (coming in the top 3 of two events) was placed 5th in his section of the Nationals at Hartpury College in July. Everyone at Patchwork Riding for the Disabled is very proud of his achievement.