Following on from the success of the SABS (Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers) free ‘Sing Harmony in a Day’ courses in the Algarve, Madrid and Murcia, two more were held last weekend on the Costa del Sol and Costa Tropical to help swell the ranks of local SABS member choruses: New Wave in Fuengirola and Tropical Tones in Almuñecar.
On Saturday, 22 February, 28 men and ladies arrived at Lux Mundi in Fuengirola to take part in the first course. SABS President, Gail Grainger, started with an explanation of the origins and technicalities of barbershop singing. This was followed by breathing exercises and some fun vocal and physical warm-ups, which soon broke the ice. Members of Spangles Ladies’ Harmony Chorus (2011 and 2013 SABS champions) were on hand for the break-out sessions to help the delegates to learn their parts for ‘Nevertheless’, the song that they would eventually perform to family and friends.
On Sunday, 23 February, a further 22 men and ladies took part in the second course in Almuñecar, gaining knowledge about the best stance, breathing and vocal techniques to produce a good barbershop sound and performing Nevertheless’ to visitors at the end of the course.
As a result of the SABS initiative, New Wave and Tropical Tones have gained several new members. “The course was just what we needed to raise awareness of our unique artform” said Bruce Mac Nally. “There’s even talk of a new chorus forming in the Vélez Málaga area” he said.
“The whole weekend has been a memorable one for us” said SABS Vice President, Lyn Baines. “We were made to feel so welcome by everyone and we’d like to give special thanks to our hosts, Bob and Chris Arlan in Fuengirola and Bren and Bruce Mac Nally in Almuñecar, for their excellent hospitality and organisation.”
If you’re interested in singing with either of the SABS mixed choruses in this area, they can be contacted by email or telephone:
FUENGIROLA – NEW WAVE – Call 952 560 651 Email: New Wave Chorus
ALMUÑECAR – TROPICAL TONES – Call 958 784 801 Email: Tropical Tones Chorus