I have just arrived back from a wonderful weekend in Harrogate (plus a detour to try lots of beer in York!) for the 40th convention of the British Association of Barbershop Singers.
I competed with both The Great Western Chorus and my quartet Park Street. It was a very successful weekend: GWC came 2nd in the chorus competition and Park Street won the gold in the quartet competition! It was one of the closest and highest scoring competitions in recent years, which made for a very exciting competition; we felt incredibly fortunate to win in such a tough year. It didn’t come without drama though: Laurence, our tenor, managed to damage cartilage in his knee jumping out of the last chord. A wheelchair was borrowed to enable him to collect his medal on stage; I can imagine this is a BABS first!
After a visit to hospital, Laurence came back on crutches to soldier on and perform in the show. We had a great time performing a couple of our contest songs again alongside my solo number, Why Don’t We Just Dance; it was particularly daunting performing it then, as OC Times (International Quartet Champions 2008) had sung it in the AIC show earlier that day! We decided not to trial our new arrangement as the tenor part is rather ridiculous: we didn’t want Laurence passing out! You’ll just have to catch us at our next appearance to hear us do a little bit of Sasha Fierce…
BABS (and Park Street) have been on BBC radio quite a bit over the weekend, including Park Street’s David Foot:
Some members of The Great Western Chorus have also appeared: