New member’s first competition

SCS member - Pat
SCS member – Pat

Newbie Pat, who joined the Chorus in May after attending a six week singing course, will be going to her first competition in Cork at IABS next week.

She says she has found it hard work but the friendly and welcoming group encouraged her to join the rest of the Chorus when they travel to Ireland on 5 October and she is really looking forward to it.

We’ll catch up with Pat in Ireland!

Second City Sound prepares for IABS Convention

chorus photo


chorus photo
Chorus photo at September 2018 coaching session

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!

Rod, Dale and Helen in conversation
Rod, Dale and Helen know the score

As Convention gets closer, we’ll be posting regular updates on our Facebook page, so please do follow us to hear the latest news.

LABBS quartet prelims

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.

SCS members on catering duty at quartet prelims
SCS members quality-checking the cakes
Mandy and Elaine at quartet prelims
Mandy and Elaine making hundreds of cups of tea!


Mary and Sue at quartet prelims
Mary and Sue on cashier duties