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
“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
Have you noticed a little something new on the front page? A little something like this perhaps…
That’s right, we’re counting down the days to Convention 2014! As the months roll on and the nights draw in faster, Pennine Chimes are back from our respective summer holidays and turning it up to 11!
With fabulous coaching behind us, extra rehearsals and a whole heap of spirit, we’re absolutely raring to hit that stage in Harrogate. How fast it comes around, time does fly when you’re having fun! After a year hosting the best in the world with le Grand Depart, having the LABBS Convention 2014 is truly the icing on the cake / fat rascal / Yorkshire drop!
We’ll be doing more updates around the big weekend, getting some feedback from members old and new on their convention essentials, tips and much more!