Cliff Abelman's blog

Musically speaking, we like to think we’re known for our matching chords, but the Chorus uniform was distinctively different for our three festive gigs this year. Our MD Pippa Goodall encouraged chorus members to add to the atmosphere by bringing out their favourite Christmas jumpers, and we were more than happy to rise to the sartorial challenge. 
 
Our thanks go out to the many people who stopped to greet us and spent a moment enjoying our mix of popular songs and well-loved Christmas tunes.  There was a surprise at our first event, the West Ealing Fair, when the local MP Rupa Huq joined us on stage for a rendition of White Christmas (pictured below):
 
It's been an exciting six weeks at Capital Chorus. On the final Monday in October, a dozen men completed our latest Learn to Sing in Harmony Course with a sparkling performance for their families and friends. 
 
The twelve had been working hard with the chorus on improving a whole series of vocal techniques. Those who weren't sure which harmony part they wanted to sing (tenor, lead, baritone or bass) were invited to try out all four if they wished. Once they were comfortable, the  new singers were given two very different songs to hone their skills. One was the rip-roaring shanty "What shall we do with the drunken sailor", and the other was a tender ballad called "Baby Mine".
Members of Capital Chorus enjoyed a record-breaking weekend at the annual convention of the British Association of Barbershop Singers, held in Llandudno at the end of May 2015.  
 
The West London club achieved their best ever score from the competition judges.  The nine judges awarded them an overall score of 64.2 per cent, placing them 18th out of thirty-six competing choruses.  
 
Afterwards the chorus’s recently-appointed Musical Director Pippa Goodall said: