White Rosettes make Lancs debut

The White Rosettes ladies barbershop chorus on stage at the 2013 European Convention in Holland.
The White Rosettes ladies barbershop chorus on stage at the 2013 European Convention in Holland.

One of the UK’s top singing groups is heading to Clitheroe this month for a not-to-be-missed concert.

The Leeds-based White Rosettes ladies barbersop chorus are 13-time winners of the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS) national championships, making them far and away the most consitently successful ladies chorus in the country. Earlier this year they also successfully retained the European Championship, competing in Holland, and have also been finalists in the prestigious Llangollen Eisteddfod Choir of the World competition.

Although in demand across the UK, their concert at Clitheroe’s Trinity Methodist Church on Saturday May 11th will be the first time they have performed in Lancashire.

For those unfamiliar with “barbershop”, it is unaccompanied (a cappella) four-part harmony singing. The basic unit is the barbershop quartet, but a barbershop chorus can have any number providing there is a good balance of the four parts, the White Rosettes numbering almost 70 singers at full strength.

Although traditionally associated with male singers, barbershop is also huge worldwide for ladies, with choruses and quartets spread across the UK. Barbershop is also a feast for the eyes as well as the ears, performances packed with emotion, glamorous outfits and stunning choreography for many of the up-tempo songs.

The White Rosettes are undisputed masters of the craft and tickets for their Clitheroe performance, which starts at 7-30 pm are selling fast. They cost £10 and can be obtained from Clitheroe Tourist Information Office at the Platform Gallery in Station Road, or by phoning 01200 423235 or 424849. Proceeds from the concert will go towards the Trinity Methodist Church Development Fund.

For more about the White Rosettes, see their website at www.whiterosettes.org.uk and for more about ladies barbershop in the UK visit www.labbs.org.uk