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Below is Bret’s account of what happened on a Learn To Sing day in 2012.

“What a wonderful day, what a glorious day…..”

It was Sunday 16th October and the members of the Red Rose Chorus waited with anticipation to see who, if anyone, was going to turn up for the BABS Learn To Sing day.  The stage was set (literally) and all preparations had been made. We could do no more except wait and hope.

It turned out that our fears were unfounded as twelve good men and true stepped into the arena ready to do battle with the song “Under the Boardwalk”. They needed little encouragement and our guests were soon warming up with the rest of the chorus and getting to know a little more about harmony singing and what it involved.

Brief lessons were given on breathing, posture, vowel matching and performance throughout the day, as each learning session our new friends mastered more and more of the song until finally, at the end of the event, they gave a solid and tuneful performance together with rest of the Red Rose Chorus.

The camaraderie of the chorus members definitely added to the attendees enjoyment of the day and it was noted how enthusiastic everybody was about singing and how they wanted to share the experience.

All in all, the day was a roaring success and even if we do not get everybody to join us, hopefully the singing bug was caught and will be carried forth to fields anew. I would like to add on behalf of the chorus members what a fantastic day we all had and could not have asked for a better bunch of guys to teach and introduce to harmony singing.

Thanks to all involved.

Bret Roberts

We occasionally run free Learn To Sing courses. You do not have to have been on a course before you can join us. The most recent was April/May.

In October 2014 the British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) promoted two-week Learn to Sing courses for 41 choruses around the country. They provided us with thousands of leaflets, which we delivered. We were delighted with the result as we recruited far more new members than most other choruses.

We were very pleased to welcome 12 men to our course. Before the end of the year 9 of those had been accepted as full members and were presented with club shirts embroidered with their names. We have also been happy to welcome other new members who were not able to attend the course. You do not have to attend a course. You can learn on-the-go.

The video is from the second week of our course. The chorus are singing Heart of my Heart, which is one of the ‘Polecats’ known to barbershoppers around the world