Welwyn Garden City group celebrates 40 years of barbershop singing

PUBLISHED: 08:00 27 February 2016

Welwyn Harmony and Singchronicity together at presentation

Welwyn Harmony and Singchronicity together at presentation

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A Welwyn Garden City based all-female barbershop group is carrying a beacon in honour of the 40th anniversary of the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS).

Norwich Harmony and Welwyn Harmony sing together on February 16Norwich Harmony and Welwyn Harmony sing together on February 16

Welwyn Harmony members, who meet on Tuesday evenings at the Vineyard Barn in WGC, have been taking part in the year-long anniversary ceremony.

A ‘Beacon of Harmony’ is being carried to all the groups in the country, starting at the annual convention in Bournemouth in October 2015, and finishing at the 2016 convention in Harrogate.

The WGC group received the beacon scroll from Singchronicity in Peterborough on Tuesday, February 9, and handed it over to Norwich Harmony on Tuesday, February 16.

After formally signing the scroll, each chorus had the opportunity to arrange celebrations at the handover, giving the different groups a chance to sing together.

Helen Bylett, music director at Welwyn Harmony, said: “We very rarely need an excuse to get together and have fun.

“This just made it official.”

Welwyn Harmony was established in 2006 and now boasts around 40 members. One of the members, Ruth Brenton, won a national competition to design a logo to raise awareness of LABBS’ anniversary.

Ruth said: “I’m hugely excited that my design has been made into the badge for Convention 2016.”

LABBS, which was launched in 1976, is now the largest ladies’ barbershop association in the UK, with over 2,000 members. There are 50 different choruses nationwide.

To join Welwyn Harmony email info@welwynharmony.co.uk

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