In 2017, The White Rosettes will have been entertaining audiences for 40 years. Chorus members past and present, are celebrating this auspicious landmark in style, with a special anniversary meal in Leeds on June 17th. They are also fundraising for their chosen charity, Candlelighters, as part of the year-long celebrations. In March 2017 during their trip to Holland Harmony, all current members were presented with a special pin which they proudly wore on stage. It carries the inscription ‘The White Rosettes – 40 years in harmony” – with a red ruby stone to represent each decade and each voice part in the barbershop tradition.
The chorus will also be performing in an end of year concert on December 9th at Ashville College in Harrogate, along with Spirit of Harmony mens barbershop chorus, Youth Quartet champions 4 On Demand and one of the most celebrated male quartets in UK barbershop history – Monkey Magic. Everyone is welcome to come to the concert, and tickets will be available in the near future, so mark the date in your diaries!
In preparation for this special year, chorus member Clare Enston interviewed Musical Director Sally McLean one evening before rehearsal. Clare posed questions that had been framed by her riser-mates. Sally did her best to answer them thoughtfully and truthfully and, taken together, the result is an informal and fun potted history of how The White Rosettes have developed over the years. Keep an eye on the ‘Sally McLean interviews’ page, and on our Facebook page and Twitter feed to keep up with the latest releases.
If YOU have any special memories of The White Rosettes – whether as an ex-member of the chorus, a member of LABBS, an audience member, or a visiting coach – please do share them with us. We would love to hear from you.