Main Street Sound Ladies Barbershop Chorus


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A ladies barbershop chorus who love to entertain!

Group introduction

Main Street Sound is a ladies Barbershop Chorus with around 48 members based in York. We were founded 22 years ago and the chorus is run by a committee of volunteers. We are affiliated to the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers and compete nationally at their convention. We also compete in music festivals and local events and have taken part in many charity/fundraising events including singing at our local hospice for the patients there. We like to take our music out into the community as many people haven't heard close harmony acappella! In addition to singing at the hospice we have recently held two joint concerts with our local male barbershop chorus, one to raise money for a defibrillator and the other in aid of the Lord Mayor of York's charities. We have ladies in our chorus who travel long distances to be with us each week all at their own expense, some making a 150 mile round trip!!

How would this funding have an impact on your community?

Over the last three years we have held two "Learn to Sing in Harmony " courses inviting ladies of all ages to come along for a five week course and find out about singing in harmony. These have been very successful and quite a number of our current members were enrolled through these courses. We would like to be able to hold another course early next year to increase our membership further but as we don't charge for the courses there is a cost element to consider. There needs to be advertising and other publicity and the cost of buying the music can be very expensive as much of our music comes from the US and there can also be costs related to copyright. Our learning is done through learning tracks which means that ladies who don't read music are not excluded, however these are another expense to consider. All our directors and members give their time freely to help to encourage potential new members. Increasing the size of the chorus would give us even more potential for supporting charities and local events.

"Main Street Sound are a fantastic group of ladies - we are known for our friendliness as well as for our ability to entertain!
Jenny Whitehouse - Chairman"

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