Frequently Asked Questions

When & where do you rehearse?
We rehearse on a Monday night from 7.15pm - 9.30pm at St Bartholomew's Church Hall, 13 Outland Road, Plymouth PL2 3BZ. There is plenty of free parking onsite.

Do I need to be able to read music?
Absolutely not. Lots of our members do not read music. We have many ways for you to learn the music we sing including teach tracks, section rehearsals and small groups. Plus, we work through our new songs over time at rehearsals.

What is four part harmony?
In simple terms "four-part harmony" refers to music written for four voices,  In female four part harmony groups, the bass is low and the tenor is high. The 'lead' section generally sing the melody and the baritones fill in inbetween. Our genre of singing can also be refered to as barbershop (no bowler hats or red stripped jackets here though!)

What type of music do you sing?
We sing a really eclectic range of music from the more traditional barbershop through to ABBA, Adele, ELO. Elbow and many more. All in four part harmony style obviously.

Are you a member of any organisations?
Yes, we are members of Sweet Adelines International which gives us access to education to help us improve as a chorus., Sweet Adelines International is a worldwide organisation committed to elevating singers worldwide through education, performance, and competition in barbershop harmony and a cappella music. This independent, not-for-profit association is one of the world’s largest singing organisations. Members extend over five continents and belong to more than 500 choruses and 1,200 quartets. Sweet Adelines International headquarters is located in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the US. The organisation is divided into geographic regions, each governed by a management team—Our specific region is referred to as Quartet of Nations Region 31.

Do you enter competitions?
Yes, we love to compete in local competitions such as the Saltash Music Festival and the Plymouth Music Festival. Our main competition of the year however is held by Sweet Adelines International in May of each year. This gives us the chance to perform in front of our peers and of course socialise with the many other barbershop choruses around the country.

Can you be booked for an event?
Absolutely, we have performed at many local events publically and also at private events including weddings, parties, charity events and many more. We can perform as a small group or a full chorus.

How many members do you have?
We currently have around 50 members and are on a recruitment drive to up our numbers. The sound we make with 50 women is incredible so to grow our membership will only enhance our sound.

Is there an audition process?
Yes there is but it is not as scary as it sounds!! You are given 2 songs to learn alongside the chorus. Your section leader will work with you and once you feel confident, she will listen to you sing alongside others.

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