The White Rosettes are a Leeds-based female barbershop chorus. They are current European ladies' barbershop champions and have won the LABBS Chorus Championship an unprecedented 13 times, and successfully defended their European title in Holland in March 2013.
Under the direction of Sally McLean, the White Rosettes aim to push the boundaries of technical excellence, musicality and performance, and do this by entering prestigious national and international competitions and performing both locally and further afield. The chorus sings a range of styles, from strict barbershop, to jazz, gospel and show classics.
Formed in 1977 under the direction of Clive Landey, the chorus still rehearses weekly and welcomes visitors and prospective new members. The 67-strong chorus is supported by a hard-working and inspirational Music and Presentation Team and an organisational Committee. The chorus' success is particularly remarkable as the majority of the singers have no musical training.
LABBS Chorus Champions: 2011, 2009, 2007, 2005, 2003, 2000, 1996, 1993, 1990, 1987, 1986, 1984, 1983
European Chorus Champions: 2013, 2009
Llangollen International Eisteddfod Choir of the World Finalists: 2012, 2010, 2008
Winners of Coleraine International Choral Festival 2007
Radio 3 Choir of the Year Category Finalists 2006
Radio 3 Choir of the Year Finalists 2005
Sainsbury’s Single Voice Choir of the Year 2000
Sally McLean became Musical Director of the White Rosettes in January 1998. Since taking over the role, she has led the chorus to new heights, winning six national championships, and the hugely important European championship in 2009. With Sally at the helm, the chorus has also had the honour of competing twice for the title of Llangollen Eisteddfod Choir of the World.
It is Sally's incredible musical ability, combined with her determination, ambition, leadership and motivational skills, that drives the chorus to ever greater achievements.
Sally is a committed educator both within and outside of the chorus. Sally acts as vocal coach to a significant number of both men and women's choruses and quartets across the country. Sally is an inspiration to other directors; her masterclasses with the White Rosettes have proved highly successful and she has been asked to present to the Association of British Choral Directors at their Annual Conference in August 2012.
Joining the White Rosettes as a singer in 1982, Sally went on to win three national championships as a quartet singer: in 1987 with 42nd Street; in 1992 with Downtown Express; and in 2003 with The Jazz Firm.
Sally says that every win is unexpected and every Championship a thrill but that none of it would be possible without her soul-mates David, Sadie and Molly.