All of us at Second City Sound are sending our congratulations and wishing many happy returns to our founder member, Olive Ryder.
Ever the dedicated performer, Olive is celebrating her 80th birthday by joining us in competing at the IABS Convention, in Cork. We’re thrilled that she’s chosen to spend her special day with us.
Our chorus started in 1990. Olive and her late friend Jean, discovered an interest in barbershop singing when their husbands were members of the Anvil Chorus. The two ladies and their husbands raised funds from car boot sales in order to pay for hall hire and to launch a ladies’ chorus.
13 women attended the first rehearsals and so Second City Sound was born.
In the early days, the chorus lacked experience of singing in the barbershop style, and did not yet have a music director. Members of a chorus in Derby used to visit to provide coaching, until a member of the Anvil Chorus stepped in.
Today, Rod Butcher is our director — although, with a mere 21 years in post, he’s still a newcomer!
Members of the chorus have sent a few photos of those early days.
Excitement is building among members of Second City Sound, as we prepare for the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers (IABS) Convention in Cork, on 5-7 October. It’s been a while since our last trip to IABS, and we are looking forward to entertaining the audience and catching up with old friends.
We’ve been hard at work, preparing our contest package — with the help of our MD, Rod Butcher and visiting coach, Dale Kynaston. As ever, Dale and Rod found the happy balance between encouragement and correction. We ended today’s coaching session feeling confident that we can put on a good show, and enjoy it, too!
As Convention gets closer, we’ll be posting regular updates on our Facebook page, so please do follow us to hear the latest news.
A jazz festival isn’t an obvious choice for a barbershop chorus, but we are always glad to reach a new audience!
We were delighted to be invited to sing at BBC Birmingham, as part of the Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival on 21 July. Hosted by Radio WM’s Jenny Wilkes and performing under the direction of Assistant MDs Helen Brown and Jo Wilson, we sang two half-hour sets to an appreciative crowd.
We even received a lovely original sketch, as a memento — and, of course, we had to ask Jenny for a photo!
Nearly as much fun as singing, is listening – to some fantastic quartets. This year’s LABBS quartet prelims took place in Birmingham on 23 June. Although both our quartets (Jiggle and City Girls) are taking a break from competition this year, we showed our competitive spirit and Brummie hospitality with a fine display of home-made cakes. There may also have been a little bit of singing going on in the kitchen.
Congratulations to all the quartets who qualified and will now compete at the LABBS Convention in Harrogate, in October.