Two new songs for Convention
Spring is the busiest time in the Capital Chorus year. The annual Convention of the British Association of Barbershop Singers takes place at the end of May, and the highlight of the weekend is a singing competition featuring up to 40 choruses from all over Britain.
Over the past three years the judges have noted consistent improvements in our chorus's performance, and this year we're pulling out all the stops with two songs which have never been performed before on the contest stage. Part of the fun at these events is that the titles of the contest songs remain a closely-guarded secret, but for those who really want to find out we can reveal that we'll be performing this year's contest repertoire at the London Sangerstevne in mid-May. In the meantime intensive rehearsals are underway during which the two songs are taken apart and harmonies, vocal interpretations, musical dynamics and choreography are all practised line by line. It may sound full-on, but there's a lot of fun to be had in the run-up to Convention. For example, in March the chorus decamped to a hotel in rural Hertfordshire for a weekend "choral retreat", and some excellent coaching from leading UK chorus director John Palmer. By day we polished up our performance skills and by night we enjoyed a superb meal together, followed by some informal and highly enjoyable entertainment in the bar. We were even invited to sing for one of the wedding parties sharing the same hotel, and were delighted to provide a song for the bride, groom and their guests.
As well as our regular Monday night rehearsals we're planning to devote another full day to preparations before this year's contest, which takes place in Harrogate from May 27-30. You'll be able tio see how we did on YouTube once we're home from Convention, and don't forget to follow Capital Chorus on facebook and twitter for all the latest Barbershop Convention news.