|DAWN RITCH – PRESIDENT|
Many of you know who I am already but for those who aren’t familiar with me my name is Dawn Ritch, I have a passion for singing and the joy it brings to both singers and audiences and I am thrilled to have been elected as your new SABS President. I retired and moved to Spain from England five years ago where I live in Cabo Roig on the Orihuela Costa, Alicante. I love the way of life here in Spain.
I have been singing Barbershop since 1996 so I have lots of barbershop experience and during that time I have competed in many conventions, both in chorus and quartet. I have been directing Pilarmonics chorus for three years since it began and am thrilled to have achieved the success of 2 SABS Gold Medals, in our first 2 contests, with this fantastic, supportive group of ladies.
My background is in banking & finance having retired whilst I was at the top of my career. I have excellent organisational and people skills and have built relationships, coached, trained and motivated people all through my working life. All of which means that I am comfortable speaking to large groups, I can confidently communicate with others at all levels, delegate, plan events and have the skills to solve any problems I might face in this role.
I look forward to visiting and meeting you all this year and serving as your President.
|IAN SMITH – TREASURER|
Although not an actual Barbershopper, Ian has been a professional musician for 40 years in the UK and in Spain.
A former member of a number of A Capella singing groups and playing guitar, pipes, melodeons, trombone, banjo, harmonicas and various other instruments, he has served on the committee of various music festivals and currently runs a Folk Music Club in the Alicante province.
A former engineer, moving into management and behavioural psychology in the late 70s and from Nottingham to Kent in the 80s during which time he managed Kent County Council’s services for disabled people throughout the county as well as lecturing at various colleges. At this time he met his wife, Carol, who is now a keen Barbershopper with Spangles.
A keen Scuba diver, he studied to become a Master Scuba Diver Trainer and took up an opportunity in the late 90s to manage a dive-boat in Turkey and for several years taught Scuba diving professionally.
Originally moving to Spain in 2005 in order to open a dive centre, his market research, showed little likelihood of getting a return on an investment. However another opportunity arose and after working in a Spanish office for 3 years, he became an Administrador de Fincas in his own right. He continues to work in that role, his business now being in its tenth year.
|JUAN DE DIOS CASQUERO RUIZ- SECRETARY|
Juan de Dios Casquero Ruiz lives in El Escorial (Madrid Province). He studied at the Universidad Complutense (Madrid) and got his Bachelor in Chemistry. He became a PhD in Physics Chemistry at the age 27. One year before he joined the UNED (the Teaching at a Distance National University – Madrid) where he has developed his career as a Professor in Inorganic Chemistry.
Juan de Dios has been singing in the Los Peñascales Chorus for twenty years and joined Barberidad Chorus four years ago. In the year 2013, with Barberidad, he participated in the European Convention of Barbershop Music which took place in Veldhoven (Holland).
Mi nombre es Dawn Ritch y me apasiona cantar y la alegría que cantar aporta tanto a los que cantan como a los espectadores y estoy encantada de haber sido elegida vuestra nueva presidente de SABS.
Estoy retirada y hace 5 años que me mudé a Cabo Roig en la costa de Orihuela desde Inglaterra. Tengo mucha experiencia en Babershop. Empecé a cantar Barbershop en 1996 y desde entonces he competido en muchas convenciones tanto de coros como de cuartetos. Desde hace tres años soy directora musical del coro Pilarmonics.
Organizar y tratar con personas son dos de mis fuertes. He forjado relaciones, enseñado, entrenado y motivado a personas a lo largo de toda mi vida laboral. Con esto quiero decir que me encuentro cómoda hablando en público, soy capaz de entenderme con los demás, delegar, comunicarme a todos los niveles, planear eventos y resolver cualquier tipo de problema que pueda surgir mientras desempeño este papel.
Estoy deseando visitaros y conoceros a todos este año y serviros como presidente.
|DONNA – MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY|
Donna moved to Spain in 2008 with her husband Andy and then 5 year old son Charlie. They set up a golf business with another couple in 2009 selling discounted green fees and golf holidays and now their company is one of the largest producers of green fees in Southern Spain and they also have 2 retail golf shops.
Although Donna has always loved singing she thought that she wasn’t very good at it, that is until she attended a SHIAD day at Spangles in November 2013. Her love of singing and barbershop started that day. After 3 great years with Spangles Donna now sings with Pilarmonics and also in a newly formed quartet Outrageous Fourtune.
Donna threw herself into SABS following her first convention in Calpe in 2014 and was MC for the Fun Show in both 2015 & 2016, Scratch Quartet MC in 2016 and National Quartet Contest MC at the most recent convention in 2017. She is very much looking forward to being more involved with SABS in the future and is delighted to have been voted on to the SABS Board as Membership Secretary.
|BRUCE MAC NALLY – CONVENTION MANAGER|
After many years travelling all over the world on business, I finally hung up my suitcase. A new neighbour asked me to go to the village choir rehearsal which is where I found that I really could sing. When I heard barbershop being sung on the radio one day, I made enquiries and found a local group called ‘Fine City Chorus’ in nearby Norwich. That was in 1988 and, since then, I have also sung in an octet and two quartets. There I met Bren, my wife, who was singing with the Norwich Harmony ladies chorus.
When we retired to Spain, there was no local barbershop singing so we formed Tropical Tones in Almuñecar. Bren became the Musical Director and I was President. We enjoyed ten successful years there, including organising three full shows in the Casa de la Cultura theatres in Almuñecar and Nerja. The chorus contributed over 4000 euros to charity. We were among the first members of SABS. I now have a small village chorus ‘Acapella Alpujarra’ and I also administer Bren‘s ladies’ chorus ‘Songbirds’.
Currently I am Southern Vocal for SABS and have previously helped manage the Convention Courier Team. In 2017, I became the Convention Manager. Twenty eight wonderful years as a Barbershopper!
|PABLO LORENZO – CENTRE & WEST SPAIN VOCAL|
Born in Valladolid, I now live in Madrid and have a career in computers. I started in music in a village choir and there began my taste for choral music. From there I went to large participatory choirs and finally to the UPM, where I currently sing. One day in 2011 I went to a concert in Madrid where I saw a quartet called Crossroads and there I realised that the barbershop style was the kind of music I had been looking for. At that concert I met the Barberidad Chorus and soon after I joined the group as a baritone. Since then I have gone on to perform various administative tasks and I am currently the SABS representative for the central west zone of Spain.
|Pucelano de nacimiento, madrileño residente e informático de carrera. Empecé en la música en un coro de pueblo y allí comenzó mi gusto por la música coral. De ahí pasé a coros grandes participativos y finalmente al coro de la UPM, donde canto actualmente. Un día de 2011 acudí a un concierto en Madrid donde cantaba un cuarteto llamado Crossroads y allí comprendí que el barbershop era el tipo de música que había estado buscando. En aquel concierto conocí al coro Barberidad y poco después entré a formar parte como barítono. Desde entonces he pasado a realizar tareas variadas de coordinación y actualmente soy vocal de la zona centro oeste de SABS.|
Juan Bertrand – NORTH EAST SPAIN VOCAL
Nacido en Barcelona. Estudia lenguaje musical y piano en la Escuela Marshall de Barcelona. Desde el 2010 estudia canto clásico con los profesores Oriol Rosés y Marta Mathéu. Es licenciado en ciencias físicas por la Universitat de Barcelona y tiene el grado superior de composición en la Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya (ESMuC), con el profesor Albert Guinovart. Ha formado parte de varias formaciones corales de Barcelona, como el Cor Jove del Palau de la Música de Barcelona o el Cor Madrigal. También realiza colaboraciones con formaciones profesionales como la Xantria o el Cor de cambra Francesc Valls de la Catedral de Barcelona. El año 2013 participa en las óperas La Fille du Régiment (de Gaetano Donizetti) como miembro del coro y en The Turn of the Screw (de Benjamin Britten) en el rol de Peter Quint. También es miembro del Cor de Cambra ARSinNOVA, con el que ha obtenido el primer premio del 6ª Festival Internacional Coral de Malgrat de Mar (2011), el primer premio en el XLII Certamen Coral de Ejea de los Caballeros (2012) y el primer premio en el XV Gran Premio Nacional de Canto Coral (2013). Actualmente compagina la docencia musical con su actividad como cantante en varias formaciones profesionales y con el cuarteto, donde canta las voces de barítono y lead.