Pennine Chimes at #labbshc19

27th – 28th April 2019 was an exciting weekend for Pennine Chimes, as once again LABBS were hosting a Harmony College education event at the University of Nottingham.

11 members of our chorus made the trip down, and we could be found in both Red and Blue Choruses as well as the Personal Development stream!

Aside from the early start due to the fire alarm on Saturday morning leaving some of us slightly fresher than expected, we had an incredible time. From the main chorus streams under the direction of Jo Braham and Sally McLean, to the personal development stream, the huge variety of pick and mix sessions and even via Bugs Bunny’s ‘What’s Opera, Doc?’ – the weekend was incredibly inspiring and memorable.

We had two first time attendees of Harmony College in the Team Pennine contingent and they had this to say:

“It’s been a weekend of hard work, but it’s been absolutely worth it! Having people from the director’s stream in with us gave us a new appreciation for how much work a director is really doing – even if they make it look easy!” – Mandy

“I went to a pick and mix session about tapping into your lived experiences. It’s incredible how different a song can be based on the emotions you’re putting into it from your own life story” – Pauline

Mandy & Pauline at #labbshc19

“Singing in such a large chorus was very different for me, but it was amazing. The confidence I had in such a big chorus, I’m going to apply to ours too” – Lisa P

“I really enjoyed the personal development stream, there was so much to learn! Even when things were a little beyond my theoretical knowledge, there was always something I could take away from the session.” – Janet

Chimes ladies @ #labbshc19

We’re so glad we have access to such incredible events thanks to LABBS, giving us the chance to learn, to meet new people and to bond more with our own chorus too!

Til next time!

Chimes at Harmony College

This weekend following a hiatus of a few years, LABBS welcomed it’s members to Nottingham University for an all new Harmony College. Naturally here at Chimes HQ we were delighted  to hear about it, and on the day nine of our ladies were in attendance, that’s nearly a third of our chorus!

A few of our attendees had some words to share on their experience of HC…

“There were so many things that I found, interesting, useful, exciting and lots of other adjectives I could add.  For the sake of brevity I’ve focused on ‘tomorrow’s director’ as I try to push myself, musically speaking.   Liz Garnett’s quote on the purpose of conducting is ‘to help the ensemble sing the music.’  I like that one.  Another piece of sage wisdom from Liz was with regards to what as a conductor, I should do with my hands – ‘as little as is needed to keep the music on track.’  That’s definitely a work in progress for me” –  Janet, Assistant Director

The Chimes gang @ Harmony College

The Chimes gang @ Harmony College

What a weekend! Nottingham Uni’ was the perfect venue for Harmony College. I would love to be a student there but….. 50 years too late! The coaching, friendship and commitment of everyone involved was outstanding. I wasn’t sure on first hearing the arrangement of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ that I really liked it, but after singing it during the weekend, I love it!! It was such an emotional finale to a great weekend when the whole auditorium sang this 2016 Polecat. I can’t wait for the next Harmony College!” – Jackie, Lead

TBC!