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The Grand Dads - Seniors Quartet Champs 2014

The Grand Dads – Seniors Quartet Champs 2014

The Grand Dads Barbershop quartet became the 2014 BABS British Seniors Quartet Champions at the Birmingham Conservatoire on Sunday 16th November 2014 (also see the Quartets page). As you can imagine, they are absolutely delighted (they were stunned at the time!). They were also placed 9th in the full contest, with a score of 67.6% (their highest-ever BABS contest score).  In the full contest 48 quartets competed for a top 16 place in the semi-finals, to be held in Llandudno in May. This win in the Seniors contest follows two seconds and a third placing in the preceding three years. Mick Barnacle, the most senior quartet member, and tenor in the quartet, emailed the quartet with:- “Trust you slept well wearing your medals.  You guys have made a massive contribution to my, I believe, unspoken ambition, whilst celebrating my 40th year of BABS membership, of winning the Seniors title, and even better, finishing in the top ten  –  single figures !!  WOW !!

 

The Grand Central Chorus is an enthusiastic group of over fifty men who enjoy singing together in the four-part close-harmony Barbershop style – NB the term “chorus” is the American term for choir.

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Our main reason for singing is entertainment, both for our audiences and ourselves, but we also take part in competitions from time to time. Over the years the chorus has enjoyed considerable success, for example, winning the  gold medal on five occasions at the  UK National Barbershop Convention – winning our latest one at Southport in May 2012. In fact, the chorus has never been out of the top few positions in all the years it has been eligible to compete in this competition. Consequently the chorus has travelled to the USA on several occasions to represent the UK at the International Convention.

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But please don’t think for one minute that we are a group of highly talented singers with exceptional musical ability – we’re not. We are a group of very ordinary men, who, with a fair amount of enjoyable hard work, and good coaching, have learned to sing well together.

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If you are interested in joining us please come and take a look. Not surprisingly you need to be able to sing in tune and after a few weeks of rehearsals, and a very friendly and informal audition, you will know if we are the right sort of singing group for you to join.

We rehearse on Wednesday evenings at 7.15 pm, at Harrington School, Derby Road, Long Eaton, Nottingham, NG10 4BJ.  (Just five minutes from M1 Jn 25 – A52 Derby/Nottingham)

For more information about joining, contact Martin on 01664 411400, or email martinyork@tiscali.co.uk

Follow us on Twitter: @GrandCentralMen

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Website last updated on 18th November 2014

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