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The Walled Gardens in Sunbury
It has become a pleasurable annual summer event to sing at the Walled Gardens in Sunbury. Despite the challenges of singing outdoors, it was a performance that was greatly enjoyed by audience and singers alike.
This year we were fortunate in being conducted by a visiting MD Marilyn Penketh from The Pitch Pipers harmony chorus.
30th Anniversary of Thameside Harmony Chorus
This year marks 30 years of developing the chorus and it has obviously grown from about 7 members in the beginning to about 18-20 over the last few years. It also happens to be the 40th anniversary of LABBS to which we are affiliated. Wednesday 9th March 2016 saw a celebration of the chorus birthday and the passing on of LABBS’ Beacon of Harmony as it traveled round the UK, relayed from chorus to chorus.
Shirley Davis, one of the original members recently retired, remembers the history of THC.
“Our first MD was Zena Smith who was very keen and taught us a lot about barbershop. And she could sing all the parts! Right from the start she encouraged us to do sing-outs and the very first was for Kingston Welsh Society which was daunting as we only had about 7 members. Meeting at the White House in Hampton now is a relief after some of the venues we used to use which could be noisy, smelly or freezing. We’ve been to many LABBS competitions and sung in many different places since then such as Care Homes, Kingston May Merry, Richmond, Hounslow and Croydon Music Festivals, the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in Putney, Hampton Lighting –up Parade, concert in various churches, xmas fund raisers on Richmond Station, Hampton Court to celebrate its 500th year as well as some private functions.”
Strawberry Hill House sing-out
On Saturday 5th March a small number gathered at Strawberry Hill House to provide pre dinner entertainment for a private party. The request came at very short notice and members had to organise themselves quickly to be able to attend. It’s a fabulous house with a real historic presence. But what versatility had to be applied to the actual performance! Finally settled in the main room where invitees gathered for pre-dinner drinks, the room quickly became really noisy and it was against this backdrop that Thameside Harmony belted out their numbers as best they could – there was no room for soft subtleties. Yet some great harmonies were achieved above the hubbub in the room. It would be an interesting and resonant place to sing in at quieter times.
LABBS or Ladies’ Association of British Barbershop Singers is the umbrella organisation to which we are affiliated and is the only purely British organisation for female barbershop singers. Members love to sing and take every opportunity to share a passion for harmony. Since its establishment in 1976, LABBS has grown to have about 50 choruses and over 2000 members in the UK. Choruses vary in size and are made up of women of all ages but at the heart is their shared love of singing, friendship and being part of a dynamic association.
LABBS holds an annual convention in late autumn. This is an exciting weekend, packed with competitions for both choruses and quartets and shows with talented performances from the best of barbershop across the UK and barbershop organisations around the world. Representatives also compete with success at a European level, and travel to showcase the best talent in Europe and the USA. Choruses and quartets are frequently involved in competitions and shows around the UK and representation from the top choruses is commonplace at the finals of BBC3's Choir of the Year and at the International Eisteddfod.
It also provides regular education for its members to continue to grow and develop in the craft of barbershop and harmony. This is offered through regional education days, national quartet weekends and many other events, which all aim to increase members' knowledge of barbershop and to raise performance skill levels. LABBS’ Education & Judging Committee is integral to this and is made up of experienced members of the association. They are also internationally-qualified judges for regional, national and international competitions.
At a local level, all its affiliated clubs and quartets are active in their communities, putting on their own concerts and singing for local organisations and charity events.
Thameside Ladies Barbershop Group then
Thameside Harmony chorus now
Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers
...leading the way in harmony
Thameside Harmony Chorus is seeking a new MD who understand or can quickly learn the barbershop genre to lead a committed and enthusiastic group of about 20 members with inspiration and drive and ability to motivate.
We need someone to take us forward into the future with renewed energy. We meet in the YMCA White House Community Centre in Hampton for rehearsals every Wednesday night and as a performing chorus, occasionally sing at local community venues. Please contact our Chairperson Angela Sharp for an informal chat or further information at email@example.com or 07939 443 379