Barbershop choir wants new members

February 28 2020

A MUSICAL director is on the look-out for new members to join an all-female barbershop choir.

Mary Williams, who lives in Longwell Green, heads up Avon Harmony A Cappella which has an exisiting membership from across the region.

She now hopes to expand to enable the choir to keep taking part in singing events for charity.

The choir has just completed a bumper year of community singing and supporting local charities where the highlight was performing a Mary Poppins medley in costume in front of an audience of more than 2,500 people.

Mary, pictured here as Mary Poppins, is looking for enthusiastic singers to join their Love To Sing annual six-week taster workshops which starts this month.

She said: “Avon Harmony are an established choir which has grown by a third in the last two years. We have young people who are at university, keen singers in their thirties, forties and fifties, right through to retired ladies. 

“I get a lot of pleasure from working with motivated ordinary women who enjoy the thrill of singing in harmony with others. The look on their faces when we make a beautiful sound and they go skipping out the door at the end of the night with a smile on their face warms my heart.

“As a choir ran by volunteers, our education, our costumes and running costs are funded by a low monthly affordable fee, donations and concert appearance fees. On top of this, there is a vibrant social life, laughs and we are great friends, and we are looking forward to our chorus competition tour at the end of October 2020 with some upcoming fabulous music lined up for later in the year.”

The choir is especially looking for low altos, however there is plenty of space for everyone whatever their voice as long as you can hold a tune. 

The non-profit singing group has women aged 18 plus travelling from all over Bristol and beyond, over a wide span of ages and cultures.

The Love To Sing taster course costs £20 and starts on Thursday February 6 at 7.30pm at the choir's new rehearsal venue Glenfrome Primary School, Cottisford Road, Eastville, BS5 6NL

You can register on www.avonharmony.com, contact Mary on 07954 170532 or via email 495mary@gmail.com and look for further information on the choir's Facebook page @Avon Harmony A Cappella Chorus.

The choir performed a Mary Poppins medley back in October at the Ladies Association Of Barbershop Singers Convention (LABBS) held in Llandudno