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.

Singout at Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival

SCS at Birmingham Jazz Festival
Birmingham Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival.
© Photo Merlin Daleman

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!

Sketch of Second City Sound at Birmingham Jazz Festival
Sketch of Second City Sound at Birmingham Jazz Festival (artist unknown)
SCS with the BBC's Jenny Wilkes at the Birmingham Jazz Festival
SCS with the BBC’s Jenny Wilkes