By Ben Court @ben_court4
Sheffield’s only women’s barbershop chorus, ‘Sheffield Harmony’, have won bronze in their division at this year’s Sweet Adelines International (Region 31) convention.
The convention took place on 7 May at the Sage in Gateshead, hosting choirs from all over the UK and parts of the Netherlands.
Sheffield Harmony competed in the midsize chorus division – 31-60 singers – otherwise known and ‘Division AA’.
Ruth Blackburn, President of Sheffield Harmony said: “We are absolutely thrilled with the result. It’s a testimony to the commitment and hard work of our members and the energy, expertise and ambition of our musical director Tim Briggs.
“We really do have something to sing about!”
Competing against 14 other choirs, the American judges commended the Sheffield singers for their “lovely” interpretive plan and “infectious” energy.
The women also placed seventh overall, with their highest ever score of 555.
The 60-strong chorus, of ages ranging from 19 to 93, was formed in 1978.
Sheffield Harmony’s Musical Director, Tim Briggs, sees a bright future for the chorus.
He said: “Achieving a record high for Sheffield Harmony was amazing, we’re really starting to compete at the top level which is just great.”
The chorus’ youngest member, Hannah Braham, has been doing barbershop since she was ten and sings with Tim in the highly-acclaimed quartet ‘Hannah and the Hurricanes.’
Hannah said: “Everyone’s got a medal which they can keep forever, which is fantastic.”
Hannah has recently received funding to set up a Barbershop Singing Society at the University of Sheffield which will start in September.
As well as traditional barbershop, Sheffield Harmony perform a wide range of songs, from A Cappella versions of all-time favourites to show pieces.
The chorus meets every Monday night at 7.30pm to rehearse at High Storrs School in Bents Green.
Sheffield Harmony is open to all ages and new members are warmly welcomed.
You can find out more at www.sheffieldharmony.com or just pop down on a Monday night.
View Sheffield Harmony’s medal-winning performance here from 3:30:45 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKO6N0fzOeo