BABS Sing 2016

We perform at SING 2016

Charlie B shares her experience of singing in the “Sunday Best Show” at The British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) national convention in Harrogate

The late May bank holiday couldn’t come quickly enough for the White Rosettes! As LABBS 2015 Chorus Champions, we had been invited to perform in the “Sunday Best Show” at the British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) convention in Harrogate and it was set to be a real highlight for us this year. It’s always good to perform for a barbershop crowd and we received the warmest of welcomes from BABS both on and off stage.

As one of the ‘Learn to Sing 2015’ additions to the chorus this was my first time at BABS and I wasn’t disappointed. First, I finally learnt what on earth the rest of the Rosettes meant when they said we’d have to go up the ‘roundy-round’ at the convention centre to get anywhere. A small mystery solved is not a bad start to a Sunday. For those of you who haven’t ever visited the Harrogate International Centre the roundy-round is a spiral ramp that serves instead of stairs. It’s fairly huge and aptly named.

A number of White Rosettes went along for the full BABS experience, taking in as much barbershop as one weekend can squeeze in, cheering on our MD Sally as she directed Spirit of Harmony to 6th place and seeing the new men’s champs, Cottontown Chorus, earning their gold.

Many of us, including me, arrived early on the Sunday to make use of our full day pass and enjoy watching the quartet finals – Well done Finest Hour! Then – being new to conventions –  I didn’t realise that things tend to end up running late, and I ate the quickest burger of my life before running back to my B&B to put on my stage make up, pack my stage frock and make it back in time for warm up. Note to self for LABBS – Add an essential component to my copy of our carefully planned convention timetable… Time for tea!

It was such a treat to be a part of Sunday night’s show. I know I was very excited to bring to the BABS stage the new choreography for our rendition of Skyfall, as created for us by BABS’ very own Tim Briggs – and with him in the audience no less. I hope we did you proud Tim.

Then of course, in true barbershop fashion, we sang late into the merry wee hours at the afterglow. I got to meet a whole bunch of lovely new people and learnt my fair share of new tags, including a cracking eight part mixed voice rendition of Scarborough Fair which came together quite beautifully despite learning it as the clock was already creeping towards 2am.

As a final note, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you so much to all the BABS’ members and guests who looked after us or cheered us on for the weekend, we had such a great time!