May 2018

On Friday12th May the chorus competed in the Wharedale Music Festival in Ilkley, finishing in third place with a “Commended” performance.

March 2018

The Chorus looks forward to competing in the Wharfedale Music Festival on may 11th and the national Convention of the British Association of barbershop Singers at the Harrogate International Centre at the end of May.

Rehearsals on our two songs are in full swing.

January 2018

Members of the chorus performed for residents at Bennett Court on Tuesday 9th January. The reception was very enthusiastic.

December 2017

As part of our Christmas schedule of sing-outs we performed for the ladies of the Yorkshire Countrywomen's Assocation at Eldwick Village Hall on Tuesday 12th December. We sang a  mix of four part Christmas songs and other barbershop songs.

We can also be head singing at the St John's Centre in Leeds and Booths in Ilkley during he Christmas season.

After Christmas we shall begin preparation in earnest for this year’s national convention of BABS (the British Association of Barbershop Singers).

October 2017

On Saturday 30th September we joined three other local choruses for a 'small chorus day' at Starbeck Methodist Church. The event was featured in the latest edition of Harmony Express magazine.

September 2017

At our AGM we presented two awards. "Barbershopper of the Year" (voted for by members) and "Most Improved Singer" (nominated by the Musical Director).

Rob Wardle: Most Improved Singer

Dave Dodwell: Barbershopper of the Year

July 2017

On Monday 17th July our chorus hosted an event in support of the charity Take Heart which raises funds for the Yorkshire Heart Centre at the Leeds General Infirmary. The White Rose Chorus sang two sets and our guests including singer-guitarist Chris Brian, the barbershop quartet Waikikamukau, dancers and a string ensemble entertained a packed room at the Rawdon and Guiseley Conservative Club, Leeds Road, Rawdon.

The idea for the concert came from former member Dennis Weeks whose wife was with us and organised a raffle and sale of knitted dolls.

We were joined by Alec MacLean, treasurer of Take Heart.

The final proceeds should be well in excess of £700. We'll post the final total soon.

The White Rose Chorus

Chris Bryant



Group sing

June 2017

The chorus recently competed at the Wharfedale Festival and achieved a "commended" score of 86%. In addition two quartets, LS21 and Ring True performed, scoring 84% and 85% respectively.

On May 10th we gave a presentation about barbershop to the ladies of Follifoot Women's Institute, followed by a set of songs from the chorus and two quartets.

Pictures from Wharfedale Festival, Ilkley


Ring True

Dave and Steve

Pictures from Follifoot

Come and Sing Course March 2017

Over four weeks we welcomed some new singers who learned the basics of harmony singing. We covered posture, breathing, resonance and vowel sounds. As well as learning and revising the songs Let a Songbird Fly and Sweet and Lovely, we sang tags and did plenty of unison singing.

This course was supported by the Harmony Foundation.

Christmas 2016

We had a very busy festive sing-out season, entertaining customers at M and S Food Halls in Harrogate and Knaresborough (twice), Booth's in Ilkley (three times!) and M and S at The Owlcotes Centre in Pudsey (twice). The chorus did really well to provide singers for all the events, raising money for charity and the club.

Christmas party 2016

Our annual get-together featured a Christmas quiz, raffle, auction, plenty of singing and delicious food prepared and served by our very own Man Chiu Lung.

28th October

On 29th October we sang in support of the Sue Ryder cancer charity at the High Trees Garden Centre, Leeds. The chorus has a quite a few sing-outs in the run-up to Christmas.

6th October 2016

The chorus sang at Far Moss Sports Ground, Allwoodley, Leeds, for the annual get-together of Airedale Olympic cycle club.

3rd October 2016

The other day members of the chorus sang at the Marks and Spencer Food Hall in Harrogate to support the Macmillan Cancer Support Coffee Mornings. Over £60 was raised.

Joe, Paul, Doug and Steve

5th July 2016

Here is our Harrogate Convention performance of Let the Rest of the World Go By and Wink and a Smile

29th May

The chorus competed in the 42nd annual convention of the British Association of Barbershop Singers. This took place in the Harrogate International Centre. The chorus came 25th in the country (out of 35 competing).

12th May

On Wednesday 11th May we had a dress rehearsal and entertained some guests at Eldwick Village Hall. We are not far off our performances at the Wharfedale Festival and Harrogate Convention.

Colin, Steve and Les

Ring True: Joe, Jonny, Brian and Steve

Firefly: Harry, Doug, Geoff and Colin

18th April

Friendship Through Harmony. Newsletter No. 15, 19/4/2016 Songs for Convention: A Wink and a Smile, and Let the Rest of the World Go By.

We were pleased to welcome Celia, Hazel’s friend, who listened carefully and later, made some valuable suggestions as to interpretation. Celia is very supportive, and we appreciate her visits. The rehearsal opened with a similar routine to last week, Hazel holding us on the vowel sounds in G, and she could hear the overtone. Again, we sang Let the Rest of the World Go By in G, followed by the Leads and Baris in parts, then the Tenors and Basses. Much repetition followed, concentrating on different aspects, a short break, with one of the three quartets performing. Some singers brought their dinner jackets, for Hazel to see how they look. Harry had brought two, on sale or return, one of which was taken up, others were able to get one. If you are unable to find a DJ locally, post to Geoff your chest size, it may be that another singer can seek one out. (Allow an inch or two for the waistcoat). Hazel asks that, next week, we all come wearing a white shirt, black dress trousers, black shoes, and DJ if you have one. Also, your new waistcoat and matching silver bow tie for an informal dress rehearsal. If you saw Steve’s exhortation elsewhere, please do not judge until we have seen the effect, next week. Some men have followed Steve’s link to BABS for Convention registration. An active link is in the covering

5th March

Beckfoot School, Bingley

We entered the chorus and three quartets in the Barbershop and Adelines category competition. Between us we put on a well-received mini-show of songs: If I Give my Heart to You, I Believe, There's No Business Like Show Business, Hello Mary Lou, Can You Feel the Love Tonight, Under the Boardwalk, A Wink and a Smile and Let the Rest of the World Go By.

The winning group was the quartet called Ring True who scored 89 points and featured Jonny, Brian, Steve and Joe. Here is Jonny proudly displaying his trophy.

Today we also sang in Ilkley town centre to support World Women's Day and fair Trade Fortnight. Chilly, but fun. Hopefully a photo will follow.

1st March

Friendship Through Harmony. Newsletter No. 9, 1/3/2016 

Convention songs: A Wink and a Smile, and Let the Rest of the World Go By. Stage wear, Friday: Black shirt, trousers and shoes, please bring three bow ties – silver, purple and sparkly silver, to differentiate the quartets and Chorus. On Saturday, in Ilkley, your fleece, or a black jacket, as it is outside.

 The quartet, Greenfly, arrived early by arrangement, to get in some practice, as Tim had to leave early. Richie and Harry set up extra risers, as Hazel had requested. At 7.30, Steve took us through some diaphragm breathing exercises, as being better than just ‘top breathing’, and My Bonny Lies over the Ocean. We had a quick run through of Bring me Sunshine, and then Hazel led us in A Wink and a Smile.

Hazel then spoke briefly of her weekend at Directors’ College. Hazel requests particularly that we do our homework, and practise our parts. Greenfly have arranged an extra rehearsal in the Castle, Spofforth, on Wednesday. Quartet Greenfly practised again at break, changing song from Young and Foolish to I Believe, and each quartet sang to the others at least once in the evening. We are all invited back to Hazel’s house, again, after Robertshaw; Chiu has offered to cook, again, we will need to know numbers next Wednesday, and whether or not we are bringing partners/friends.

Those who have not replied in person on Monday, please email Geoff by Wednesday night. Chiu says he will provide Char Siu, which is Chinese roast pork, vegetable spring roll, garlic bread and samosa. We suggest a donation of £2 each person. The quartets, at present, are: Premier Crew, with Steve, Dave Dodwell, Richie and Joe, singing Under the Boardwalk, and Hello, Mary Lou. Ring True are: Steve, Johnny, Joe and Brian, with Can You Feel the Love? and Show Business. The other quartet is drawn from Colin Milner, Geoff, Harry and Tim, singing If I Give my Heart to You, and I Believe; called “Greenfly”.

17th February

Friendship Through Harmony. Newsletter No. 7, 16/2/2016 

We need every singer to email Geoff with his availability for both 4th and 5th of March, please see below. Steve had prepared a plan for Monday, warming up with breathing, vowels and octaves, ending with Heart of my Heart in unison, then in parts, followed by Dave Dodwell who reminded us of the tag, Sleepy Time Down South. We then sat in a circle, in sections, where we sang first the intro to Bring me Sunshine, then the refrain, learning to syncopate it a bit.

We post current singers and songs, below, allowing for changes if necessary. After break, a couple of quartets entertained the others, one of whom sang, If I Give my Heart to You, then we ran through Bring me Sunshine a couple more times, followed by Let the Rest of the World Go By, A Wink and a Smile, Show Business, and Lion King.

Upcoming Events:

Friday, 4th March, Robertshaw Festival, Beckfoot School, Bingley Expected on stage about 8pm, please aim to be there for 7pm, for warm-up, allowing for being called early.
Saturday, 5th March, starting at 11am, the bandstand on the Grove, Ilkley. Friday, 20th May, Wharfedale Festival, Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley.
Saturday, 28th May, Convention, Harrogate.
Saturday 4th June, Ilkley Bandstand

9th February

Friendship Through Harmony. Newsletter No. 6, 9/2/2016 

Songs to learn for next week: Let the Rest of the World Go By, Bring me Sunshine, Let’s Get Away from it All, Blue Velvet.

The better you learn these songs, the more confidence you will have. It is an old saying, “The more you put in, the more you get out”, and enjoy your singing. On Hazel’s return, in a fortnight, she may ask us to sing these in quartets, which will demonstrate who has learned them, and who has not. See the method, below.

For Robertshaw, men are sorting themselves into quartets, and the songs they will sing. Some informal practising took place last night, we hope to have all details of quartets and songs next week. We need every singer to email Geoff with his availability for both 4th and 5th of March, please see below.

Steve announced that the Chorus is to seek charity status, which brings some financial gains.

He was also pleased to welcome Michael Pemberton as a full member of BABS, with a certificate.

Upcoming Events:  Friday, 4th March, Robertshaw Festival, Beckfoot School, Bingley Expected on stage about 8pm, please aim to be there for 7pm, for warm-up, allowing for being called early.

Saturday 5th March Ilkley bandstand 11.00.

Friday, 20th May, Wharfedale Festival, Kings Hall, Ilkley.

Saturday 28th  May Convention in Harrogate.

Saturday 4th June Ilkley bandstand (note that this date has changed from the previously advertised one)

2nd February

Friendship Through Harmony. Newsletter No. 5, 2/2/2016 

Again, Steve’s warm-up routine included My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean, with a clap instead of singing some words, and 1,2,3,4,5. Dave Dodwell took the second part, with graphics showing how a voice has harmonics, which are augmented by other harmony parts, creating tones and overtones which nobody is singing. He divided the Chorus to face each other, so we could hear other parts and harmonies. This is all dependent upon accurate pitch and matching vowels. Hazel, who was listening, said we can create ‘magic’.

Hazel opened with Let the Rest of the World Go By, sometimes blocking chords, separating sections, and generally concentrating on ‘craft’. After a time, we sang Bring me Sunshine, before going into sections on it. Hazel says it is particularly important for the Leads to listen to, and sing this, as they lose the melody from bar 52, up to the key change.

Steve revised Blue Velvet, with everybody repeating the first three notes to consolidate them, in tune, and then in parts. A couple of the newer singers will have music and MP3s tomorrow. Hazel asked again that everybody listen to, and sing along with, their CD before next week. Steve suggested we record ourselves, to check accuracy against the CD. This can be done on a phone, computer, camera, or one of many hand-held devices. Remember to practice, too, Let’s Get Away from it All.

Hazel then spoke of the Robertshaw Music Festival, which takes place at Beckfoot School, Wagon Lane, Bingley. The Harrogate Ladies will be unable to join us, so to make a show of it, Hazel asked several of us to form quartets, and participate. We hope to field three quartets, this time.

After the concert, as usual, Hazel has invited us back to her house to socialise. Thanks, Hazel. Upcoming Events: Thursday, 4th February, Committee meeting, Horse and Farrier, Otley, 2pm. Booked. Friday, 4th March, Robertshaw Festival, Beckfoot School, Bingley Expected on stage about 8pm, please aim to be there for 7pm, for warm-up, allowing for being called early. Friday, 20th May, Wharfedale Festival, Kings Hall, Ilkley.

26th January

Steve presented BABS Membership certificates to both Rob Wardle and David Dewhurst, and a signed card and flowers to Hazel, who has a significant birthday on Friday.

Rob Wardle receiving his BABS certificate

David Dewhirst receiving his BABS certificate

Hazel's birthday this week

8th December

On Saturday 5th December, we were made welcome at Booth's supermarket, in Ilkley. Assembling for 6pm, we sang carols from our repertoire, and some in unison, words provided by Harry. For a change, Hazel had us sing a couple of our set - Mary Lou, Show Business, Amarillo, Bye Bye Love, and a few others. The shoppers were very generous, the staff supportive, and we came away at 8pm.

On Monday we held our Christmas party, to which the Harrogate ladies, and others, were invited. Chiu was cooking, aided by his wife, Christine, and Richie, while Brian took the money for food. Geoff organised a raffle for prizes donated, mostly in bottles. Steve started with a warm-up routine, Douglas got us going with Pachelbel's Canon in D, in four parts. Steve then had a quiz with several elements, to which Douglas added, later. The running order is a bit vague, but we were entertained by Paul Thuilliez with a few rhymes and amusing songs, concluding with Smile, which he sings every day as
part of his therapy; Dan accompanied him on the keyboard. After food, raffle tickets were drawn, with Chiu adding a special draw in which the winner would have a meal cooked and provided by Chiu at any time, at the winner's home or other venue. That was won by Rob Wardle, on Martin Ford's table. That team also scored highest on the quizzes, winning a box of chocolates. We then sang a selection of Christmas songs and carols; after our rendition of Silent Night, the ladies sang their version.

Tom Pettinger performed a routine which included balloons, some patter, a psychology item with dice, aided by Phillip and, best of all, passed a large, sharp needle through an inflated balloon, without bursting it. He informed us he has a certificate, and can now be called Mister, a recognition of the status of a surgeon.

Steve made a point of thanking individuals who had worked largely behind the scenes, to include Chiu, Brian, Richie and Geoff, each to a round of applause.
A surprise guest was Brian Smith, from Morley, who used to sing with the original White Rose Chorus, many years ago. He was assured of a welcome should he visit us on rehearsal nights. 

22nd September

At our Annual General Meeting members voted, as barbershopper of the year Mr Johnny Harrison. Our Musical Director Hazel Jiggins awarded the most improved singer trophy jointly to Martin Ford and Les Grigg. Congratulations to them all.

20th September

We sang at St John's Church, Yeadon, together with the ladies of Stray Sound and guest accordionist Susan Rogers, who played a set with a strongly French theme. This was a fund-raiser for the church and for us.

July 14th

Friendship Through Harmony. Newsletter No. 26, 14/07/2015 

Two visiting Stuarts: Lines and Wineberg

As usual, Steve opened proceedings, warming up with a couple of rounds of the Baby Sardine song, and arpeggios into the upper register. Douglas used the same tag as last week, concentrating on the semitones, and played them on his pitch pipe.

Hazel wanted us to sing My Wild Irish Rose a couple of times, then went on to Young and Foolish, followed by Let’s Get Away from it All. These were our convention songs, which she planned we would sing for Stuart Lines, when he came to deliver the judges report on our Convention performance. Stuart is the Chairman of the Guild of Judges for BABS, along with other duties.

After break, a short introduction, the men were seated, and Stuart explained, for the benefit of newer singers, the judging procedure. He outlined the three categories – Music, Presentation and Singing, how Music overlapped into the others, then went on to give a critique of our songs. Making light of it, he observed that, in common with some other choruses, we did not sing up to pitch, saying that “The pitch pipe played higher than the men wanted to sing.”

He paraphrased many remarks, too much to copy here, and left the report with Hazel, who will study it closely, and introduce some of the improvements he mentioned. On the risers, we sang our songs, and Stuart kindly made suggestions how to improve our delivery. One of these, for Let’s Get Away from it All, was that, though the song is written in 4/4 time, it could be given a ‘swing’ rhythm, and demonstrated how we would normally stress beats 1 & 3, we could change it by stressing beats 2 & 4, instead. We practised this a few times, under his leadership, and Hazel tried it, too.

The other, Young and Foolish, he pointed out we are giving every note its full value, making it a bit turgid, while we could interpret it differently, shortening some of the words. There was so much he brought to us, and he has agreed to pay us another visit, by invitation, later. Hazel says it was a fair critique, and reminded us we must concentrate on the basics. One batch of the CD cases has come, the other ten could be here in the week. There is, as yet, no sign of our Convention DVDs.

July 7th

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Steve took warm-up, with arpeggios and the Baby Sardine song and My Bonny Lies over the Ocean, while Hazel and Geoff looked out some of our existing music, I’ll Be Seeing You, with a view to introducing it to the Chorus.

Douglas revived a really old tag. Hazel then started to review songs from last week, Bye Bye, Love; After You’ve Gone, etc. up to break time, when Geoff gave out copies of Blue Velvet. We looked at this in sections, then Steve led us in parts, and together. Hazel has asked Steve to adopt this song to lead us in it; both he and Hazel are delighted with our progress.

It was really gratifying to see how, with a bit of homework, and one rehearsal, we nearly have it learned. Can we do this more often? Harry needs to know who prefers to receive CDs of teach tracks, and who likes MP3s. Geoff is compiling a list on his behalf. Harry is also asking us to fill in a repertoire audit, distributed as a .pdf. This, he will use to fill spaces in our files.

Steve explained that Geoff is working to legalise all our music, an original copy for each singer. Paul Wheeler, a retired singer, donated his pitch pipe to be sold for Club funds. After a failed ‘auction’, Harry bought it for £5.

Further to Hazel’s suggestion that someone may sponsor the purchase of CD wallets, to keep our songs together, a singer has come forward, and the wallets are in transit. There will be ten black, ten white, and Geoff would like to note who gets one, with the possibility of obtaining more at another time.

Richie asked Geoff about the average cost of new music, for his ‘forward projections ‘ of expenses; they are working closely together to prepare a list of purchases and costs. Next week we are to be visited by Stuart Lines, who will bring a critique of our Convention performance.

Hazel had us sing the two songs, we will practice the moves again before he arrives, at 9pm. Geoff has enquired about the DVDs ordered for members of the Chorus, and been assured they should be available soon. If we want one in future, we can order on the day, and get priority service. At the end, Hazel informed us she is now a great grandmother of a little girl. Congratulations are offered.

Hazel also reminded us about becoming a patron of the Wharfedale Festival. This is down to the individual to send in, your Committee is not organising it. Martin led the last two.

A Committee meeting is to be held at the Horse and Farrier, Bridge Street, Otley, at 2pm on Thursday 9th July. Any singer is welcome to attend and observe, but not to vote.

June 3rd - Wharfedale Festival, Christchurch Ilkley

The Chorus sang for an enthusiastic audience including the new Lord Mayor of Bradford, Joanne Dodds (centre).

SING 2015:  the National Convention of the British Association of Barbershop Singers, Llandudno, 22nd May

Our chorus competed creditably in our National Convention, coming 33rd in the country. We sang two songs Young and Foolish and Let's get Away From It All in front of a huge audience of at least 1000.

Image: Event Photos 

Wharfedale Festival 16th May, King's Hall, Ilkley

Our chorus competed in this annual festival alongside ladies from The Pennine Chimes from Bradford and Stray Sound from Harrogate. The adjudicator awarded us first place with a Commended grade.

A quartet from the chorus, Ring True,  also competed and were awarded a Merit grade.

This was our dress rehearsal for our performance next week at SING, the National Convention of the British Association of Barbershop Singers at the Venue Cymru in Llandudno.

Friendship Through Harmony. Newsletter No. 15, 2015 Published 21/4/2015

Last night we were, again, thin on the ground, due to the colds and ‘flu’ going
around. We were disappointed, too, that Hazel could not join us for the same
reason. Get well, soon, Hazel.

However, Steve did a grand job, with an extended physical warm-up, scales, and
Rose, Red, and the ‘wordless one’, Lie, lie Lie, as a round. Douglas brought us
yet another new tag, which sounded good in a ‘rolling quartet’. Up to break time
we sang Can You Feel the Love? and afterwards, fine-tuned the moves of Let’s
Get Away. There was insufficient time to sing Young and Foolish, so we sang a
couple of polecats, after which Steve thanked us for working so hard.

He reminded us of an arrangement for an extra rehearsal, on Wednesday
evening, at the Black Horse Hotel, Otley, 7.30pm, in an upstairs room.
This is on the corner of Kirkgate and Westgate, some parking may be

found on Kirkgate.

Note proposed dates for extra Convention rehearsals

Wednesday 22th April : Black Prince pub Otley 7.30
Saturday 16th May: 11.00 venue tbc

We welcomed a visit by Darren, who sings Lead with Grand Central Chorus, and is working in the area. Following on Steve’s recommendation, we collected payments for accommodation at Llandudno, and thank Harry for his help with this. Those who missed the opportunity to pay, last night, please make your own deposits, soon, using the sort code 05-00-70 and the account number 31931473, advising Richie, by email, that you have done so. He is on:

Hazel says, overall, it was a good evening, but still had to spend some time correcting notes. This takes time from interpretation and presentation. We must each learn our parts, nobody can do it for us. She is preparing a print-out incorporating pauses, emphasis, louder and softer, which will be circulated for you to print, yourselves. We must maintain our posture, too. Sacks of potatoes do not sing well.

Young and Foolish was practised as a monotone up to the key change, in order to co-ordinate rhythm and pickups. We must enunciate the words better, for Let’s Get Away, as “to Boston for chowder” did not come across so well. Darren enjoyed his evening, requesting a scratch quartet, who sang Sweet and Lovely, another quartet sang Heart of my Heart, after which Ring True sang Pokare.

Friendship Through Harmony. Newsletter No. 12, 2015 Published 24/3/2015 

Harry (smiling) and friends
As usual, Steve opened the meeting, with scales, arpeggios, and tune-ups. We sang Rose, Red a couple of times, as a round, then Douglas reminded us of the tag, Give me your Hand, together, and in parts. Hazel had us sing Heart of my Heart, My Wild Irish Rose, and Sweet and Lovely, still concentrating on vowel sounds, and pitch. After a few renditions, we sang Let’s Get Away, with and without moves, until break time.

After break, Hazel sprang a surprise, and asked us to sing Can You Feel the Love, which we did very well after many weeks not singing it. Similarly, we did Young and Foolish straight off, rendered quite well. Hazel says it was a good rehearsal, responding well, and making progress.

Steve observed we are good on timekeeping, and start at 7.30, while in the distant past, singers had to set up risers before starting. Now, we thank those who volunteer by coming earlier. At the end, with ten minutes to go, Hazel suggested we form scratch quartets to include new singers. They all did very well for a first time, photos here.

Friendship Through Harmony. Newsletter No. 11, 2015 Published 17/3/2015

On Monday, Steve revised the old, amusing Whose Pigs are These? warm-up routine, with actions, prompted by Laurie, and taught it to the new men. He continued with rising scales, again, changing vowel sounds. Douglas carried on with the tag from last week, And When I Die. Hazel opened with three polecats, then, Let’s Get Away, emphasising some of the actions.

At break time, Steve advised us that the new uniforms will be available next Monday, he will email us with individual costs. After break, while seated, Hazel had us write down the phonetic vowel sounds, to aid memory. We then continued with Young and Foolish, parts separate, and together, until home time. Hazel asks us, please, to sing along with our CD, and then try our parts against other parts, listen for the harmonies, and know if we are right. We should check our notes, and practice the phonetic vowel sounds. The idea of us writing them down is to consolidate them for each singer.

Friendship Through Harmony. Newsletter No. 10, 2015 Published 10/3/2015 

Last Friday saw the chorus and two quartets compete at the Robertshaw Festival at Beckfoot School, Bingley. The quartet called Ring True (Doug, Tom, Steve and Colin) came first with 85 points. The chorus and other quartet Quadronnaires (Harry, Brian, Geoff and new singer Johnny) came equal second on 84 points.

Well done in particular to Johnny who shows great promise as a Lead.

Friendship Through Harmony. Newsletter No. 9, 2015 Published 3/3/2015 

On Monday, we welcomed the return of Paul, from business in Holland, and Malcolm, from a sojourn in hospital. Steve started with clapping, then rising pitches on 1,3,5,8, leading into a bass tune-up chord. We practised this several times, morphing into our start notes for Young and Foolish, which went really well. Steve observed that our pick-ups and key change were much improved as we had done our homework.

Hazel took over, conducting the song right through, several times, then had Baris and Basses together, Tenors and Leads joining in, later. Hazel was pleased and relieved by the key change, and considers the song is working. Celia joined us at break time, to consolidate the moves she has devised for Let’s Get Away, which we have more or less got down, now.

At 9.50pm, Hazel announced we were to be entertained first by the Quadronnaires, then by Ring True, as rehearsal for Robertshaw, on Friday. Some nerves were noted, but will be dispelled by an extra rehearsal for the Quadronnaires, to be booked for Wednesday, in Otley. On Friday, the stage wear is to be our black shirts and trousers, with gold tie. The first quartet will wear the purple waistcoat and tie, the second, the silver waistcoat and tie.

The running order is: Quadronnaires, Spotlight (the ladies’ quartet), Ring True, Straysound, and then White Rose Chorus. Risers have been taken, we set them up outside the room then carry them in to the stage.

Friday, 6th March, evening, Robertshaw Festival, Beckfoot School, Wagon Lane, Bingley. Be there for 7.15, please. We will re-send directions to Beckfoot School, in your covering email, along with directions to Hazel’s house, to where we are invited, afterwards. A small levy of £2.50 per head is asked towards cost of the food, provided by Chiu.

The Newsletter of the Leeds and Bradford Barbershop Harmony Club.
Friendship Through Harmony. Newsletter No. 6, 2015
Published 10/2/2015
The new men were quick to learn Rose, Rose, Rose, Red, sung straight, at first,
then as a round of four parts. This was followed by 1,2,3,4,5, with clapping
as directed. Douglas continued with the tag of Pokare, and Hazel said she will
bring it into the repertoire.

With repeated tune-ups, we sang Let’s Get Away From it All, after which Harry
had set up a screen and projector for us to see and hear the American chorus,
Great Northern Union, sing Young and Foolish. This is quite a different
arrangement, both words and harmony parts, but Hazel wanted us to see a great
performance of it. Her main concern with this song is the key change, and asks
us all to listen to, and sing with, our CDs. Steve suggested recording ourselves,
if we have the means, like on a computer, phone or camera.

At break time, Geoff did distribute both the new Young and Foolish, and some
additional copies of Can You Feel the Love, ordered for newer singers. If you
did not give him your old copies, please either do so, or destroy them yourselves.
The venue for the extra rehearsal remains at the Horse and Farrier, as it is more
central for access, and more men will be attending. This is an upstairs room.
Hazel has found another Otley pub which will accommodate us, the Black Horse,
on the corner of Kirkgate and Beech Hill, for another time.
The Committee meeting, arranged for Thursday, has been postponed, until after
a Music Team meeting.
Richie prepared cheques to pay for our new music, Geoff will post them, on

Upcoming dates and arrangements:

Wednesday 11th February, extra rehearsal at the Horse and Farrier, 8pm.
Friday, 13th February, a quartet rehearsal at Hazel’s house, now changed to 7.30
for 8pm. This is for Harry, Johnny, Geoff and Brian, the Quadronnaires.
Friday, 6th March, evening, Robertshaw Festival, Beck Foot School, Wagon
Lane, Bingley.
Saturday 16th May 2015, afternoon, Wharfedale Festival, Ilkley. Held at
Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley.
Friday 22nd to Monday 25th May, Convention at Venue Cymru, Llandudno.

The Newsletter of the Leeds and Bradford Barbershop Harmony Club.
Friendship Through Harmony. Newsletter No. 5, 2015
Published 3/2/2015

Stretching and massage exercises were first, followed by a descending octave
routine, which resolved on the last chord. Steve then led us in My Wild Irish
Rose. Douglas took us through Pokare, where we sang it to the end, and will do
the tag next week. It sounds really good.

Hazel is very pleased with our progress on Young and Foolish, and had us
discard our copies of music. We went into sections on this, after break. Hazel
brought her friend, Celia, who has kindly offered to help with our presentation of
Let’s Get Away from it All. Celia also made useful comments on other songs.
We do not have an extra rehearsal this Wednesday, but the room is booked for
next week. Hazel reminds us we have only four more Mondays before
Robertshaw Festival on 6th March; she is happy for anyone to attend her extra
rehearsals in Otley, at the Horse and Farrier, to polish our performance. This is
in an upstairs room.

Geoff has been able to obtain copyright privileges for Pokare Kare Ana, he
printed 30 copies, and distributed them last night. All the old ones must be
destroyed. He explained again, to some, about copyright, which can be found in
your covering email. Genuine copies of Young and Foolish will be available next
Monday, to replace those temporary ones we have been using.
Douglas announced we had two birthdays, last week, both Hazel and Steve on
the 29th January. After we sang Happy Birthday, Hazel told us Paul’s wife,
Corine, has the same day, too.

Steve had some BABS membership certificates to present, to Martin Ford, Phillip
Herbert, Jonathan Harrison, and one for Malcolm Slimming, who, we hope, is
recovering well in hospital.

The last two were led by Dave Dodwell, returned from his sojourn in Sri Lanka.
Next week, Harry will bring a projector to show us an American chorus singing
Young and Foolish. Though it is a different musical arrangement, Hazel wants us
to see some of the presentation techniques they employ.

Any former singers, or those who took part in our Learn to Sing course, are
welcome to visit, or return to the Club.

Upcoming dates and arrangements:

Wednesday 11th February, extra rehearsal in Otley.
Friday, 6th March, evening, Robertshaw Festival, Beck Foot School, Wagon
Lane, Bingley.
Saturday 16th May 2015, afternoon, Wharfedale Festival, Ilkley. Held at
Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley.

Reminder: Harmony College places will cost about £260 each. It is held in
Nottingham, on the 28th-30th August 2015.

All details will be found here:
The postcode for Llandudno Convention is LL30 1BB. We do not at present have
addresses or locations of your accommodation. Steve is circulating information by

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Steve opened rehearsal with a routine for the lips – mini-mini-mini, rising in pitch,
then 1,2,3,4,5. Douglas brought us the traditional Maori song, Pokare Kare Ana.
He explained the story, then went over the pronunciation. We sang the first line
a few times, then went through it in unison. At eight o’ clock, Hazel led us in My
Wild Irish Rose, followed by Young and Foolish, particularly the start note, with
Joe telling us that, in competition, the judges will scribble furiously if the start is
wrong, do nothing if it is right, but sit back and enjoy it if the performance is
Next week, Hazel plans to concentrate on both Young and Foolish, and Let’s Get
Away from it All. Please, not only listen to these, but sing them, too.
We are obtaining original music for Pokare Kare Ana, then those copies can be
Steve reminded us that Harmony College is offering one free place to each
Chorus, and asked that anyone who is interested must reply to Geoff by email
during this week, as the name has to be submitted by the end of the month. This
gives us time to make a selection from the names we get. So far, two or three
men are showing interest. We have Chiu, Les and Malcolm. If your name is not
here, and you want to try for the place, tell Geoff.
On Wednesday is the extra rehearsal. If the weather is bad, Hazel will not
attend; please ring her on 01274 552141 to check.
Paul Wheeler, a retired singer, wishes us to pass on his best regards to
members of the Chorus. He enjoys reading his copy of the Newsletter, and
hopes we go from strength to strength.
Last week, another former singer, Stuart Wineberg, was kind enough to email
how much he, too, looks forward to seeing our news, and added links to a lecture
given by an American singer, Dr. David Wright. I will post them all, below, for
continuity, though when you view the first one, others are there, down the side.
We appreciate the support of our former members, some of whom visit the Club
from time to time.
In the folder issued to new singers are the following songs, to be added to as
time goes on:
After You’ve Gone, Amarillo, A Wink and a Smile, Bye Bye, Love, Can You Feel
the Love Tonight?, Coney Island Baby, Consider Yourself, I Believe, In My
Room, Let’s Get Away from it All, There’s No Business Like Show Business.
Upcoming dates and arrangements:
Wednesday 21st January, an extra rehearsal, in Otley.
Friday, 6th March, evening, Robertshaw Festival, Beck Foot School, Wagon
Lane, Bingley.
Saturday 16th May 2015, afternoon, Wharfedale Festival, Ilkley. Held at
Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley.
We recommend that, during this cold spell, you do not park your car with the
handbrake on, but leave it in gear instead, on level ground. This prevents the
brakes freezing ‘on’.
Stuart’s links:

Reminder: Harmony college places are worth about £260 each. It is held in
Nottingham, on the 28th-30th August 2015.
All details will be found here:

13th January 2015
Upcoming dates and arrangements:

Wednesday 21st January, an extra rehearsal, in Otley.

Friday, 6th March, evening, Robertshaw Festival, Beck Foot School, Wagon
Lane, Bingley.

Saturday 16th May, afternoon, Wharfedale Festival, Ilkley. Held at Christchurch, The Grove, Ilkley.

Friday 23rd to Monday 26th May SING 2015  National BABS Convention in Llandudno

23rd December 2014

For our last sing-out of the season we returned to Stockeld Park, near Wetherby, to entertain visitors at the Christmas Experience, followed by an afterglow at the Castle Pub, Spofforth..

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Last week, we were very busy, after rehearsal on Monday, we took risers for our
Riddlesden event.  The audience loved the carols, and joined in the singing. On Wednesday, the Chorus went to Follifoot, to sing for the local W.I. It was another super evening, singers invited back to Steve’s house after.

Yesterday, Chiu and his wife, Christine, started food preparation about 2pm for the party, and it was served up in the evening. Everybody said how good it was. Congratulations to Chiu and Christine for doign such a wonderful job. Laurie was back inharness, recording and accepting payments; Steve, Doug and Tim contributed questions for the quiz. This was spread over the whole evening, each table providing a ‘team name’. Questions included geography, songs from shows, film music, and local knowledge. Dan played a couple of brilliant pieces on his clarinet.

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On Friday 5th December, we assembled in the foyer of Yeadon Morrisons wherewe mainly sang a cycle of carols and Christmas songs to a largely mobile audience, interspersed with a couple of Beatles numbers. The charity is Text Santa, monies will be divided among: Guide Dogs, Teenage Cancer Trust,
Marie Curie, Alzheimer’s Society, Together for Short Lives, and Wellchild.

We raised £129.21. Well done men! Thamks to Johnny for organising this!

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At break time, Paul Thuilliez told us that he has been interviewed by Look North. He says:
"Today, (Monday) I visited Airedale hospital, attending the speech therapy course being
run for Parkinson’s sufferers. The course is run by Debra Borsley and funded in part by the
Parkinson’s charity with funds raised directly by my concert.
It was good to see and talk directly with those Parkinson’s sufferers who are benefitting from the
singing of our White Rose Chorus,
The course was being filmed by BBC tv for transmission in their Look North programme on Tuesday
On behalf of the patients I met with, once again, my thanks go to all of you who gave freely of your
time to participate in the concert. It is a privilege for me to sing with you all.

Steve asked that all the men try to attend our singouts, and would like them to
reply to Geoff by email as soon as possible, with availability.

He told us that he, along with Douglas, will prepare a quiz for our Christmas
party, Chiu will bring food, a list of which is below. There might be some singing.
Johnny Harrison asked if the Chorus could sing in Yeadon Morrisons on Friday
5th December, in support of the ITV charity, Text Santa, the proceeds from which
will be divided among six charities. Singers and supporters will be rewarded with
a free drink and mince pie. We may start at 5pm, for an hour or two.
Steve reminded men of the Riddlesden event, details below, and particularly
asked for a good turnout the following evening at Follifoot WI, after which we are
invited back to his house, for another mince pie (or something).
Hazel has prepared a programme of songs to include carols, and hopes new
men will join us for the experience. She has also been busy making more
sparkly bow ties for the new members. See below.
We thank those who help with the risers, both setting up, and putting away. Joe
has furnished fifty feet to replace riser rubbers.
Dan and Steve have been cultivating moustaches (one each) in support of
Movember, a charity to raise money for research into prostate cancer.

Upcoming dates and arrangements:

Friday 5th December, Yeadon Morrisons, through Johnny Harrison, singer.

Tuesday 9th December, Riddlesden Methodist church, BD20 5PH, a return visit by
special request. Please be there for 7pm, we have a secure room for warm-up, etc.

Wednesday 10th December, Follifoot Village Hall, for the W. I. HG3 1DY

Monday 15th December, Chorus Christmas party, with quiz.

Monday 22nd December, Stockeld Farm, Spofforth. LS22 4AN.

Saturday 16th May 2015, Wharfedale Festival, Ilkley.

Chiu’s menu for our party:

Prawn Toast
Vegetarian Spring Roll
Curried Chicken
Roast Pork or Turkey (Chinese Style)
Sweet and Sour Vegetables
Sprouts in Garlic and Ginger
Boiled Rice.
Cost, per person: £5.00

Programme songs will be chosen from the following: There’s No Business Like
Show Business, Let the Rest of the World Go By, After You’ve Gone, If I Give my
Heart to You, A Wink and a Smile, Let’s Get Away from it All, For Sale, One
Broken Heart, Consider Yourself, Happy Birthday to You, I Believe, Amarillo,
Silent Night, Winter Wonderland, Jingle Bells, White Christmas, Heart of my
Heart, Sweet and Lovely. These last two will be included for new singers.

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This week, we had an extended warm-up in the lounge, with Steve and
Douglas, while Hazel took each of the new men aside, singly, to determine what
voice part they may be best in. Steve went with Drunken Sailor, while Doug
reprised Sleepy Time Down South. Together, then, on the risers, we sang Heart
of my Heart, followed by Sweet and Lovely. An early break was followed by
sections on White Christmas and Jingle Bells. We sang
these together, after which Hazel had us sing part of our programme for next

The programme will be: There’s No Business Like Show Business, Let the Rest
of the World Go By, After You’ve Gone, If I Give my Heart to You, A Wink and a
Smile. Part two: Let’s Get Away from it All, For Sale, One Broken Heart,
Consider Yourself, Happy Birthday to You, I Believe, Amarillo.

Dress is to be black shirt and yellow/gold tie for the first part, and your silver
waistcoat and silver bow tie for the second part. Black trousers and shoes, as

Please be there for 6.45pm, in order to warm up properly. Any Chorus member
whose name is not on our list will be welcome, too, as will any new singers, to
share the experience.

On Saturday, too, a Quartet Development Day is to be held in York, organised by
BABS. We have Members attending - Joe, Brian and Douglas, with over fifty
other singers. This link shows the song they will sing:

Geoff is negotiating copyright for Amarillo, and would like everyone who has a
copy to return it to him, please, to have the authority printed on it. He has also
ordered ten copies of each of ten songs for new singers, and will make up
folders for them, provided by Steve.

Below, we see a couple of the certificate presentations to new singers, the rest of
which may be viewed on our website,

From the Ilkley Gazette September 2014


We enjoyed a super charity concert at the Queen's Hall in Burley, brilliantly organised by Paul Thuilliez who sings in both groups. Approximately £3800 was raised for parkinsons. Here are a few photos from the event.

The White Rose Chorus

Joe, Doug, Paul and Steve

Geoff Mott and Paul Thuilliez

Saturday, 8th November, Starbeck Methodist church, in conjunction with Harrogate
Tuesday 9th December, Riddlesden church, a return visit by special request.
Wednesday 10th December, Follifoot Village Hall, for the W. I.
Geoff read out some advance dates to see when singers were available. Many
agreed to let him know in the week.
The dates are:

Sat 8th November, Starbeck, with the ladies,
Tuesday 9th December, Riddlesden church,
Wednesday 10th December, Follifoot W.I.

Sing-out at the Otley Food and Drink Festival Sunday 27th July

Jolly good fun was had by members of the chorus on this afternoon. At one pont we joined forces with a jazz band called Rhythm Deluxe as they played and we sang Zip a Dee Doo Dah.

40th Anniversary National Convention, 24th May, Harrogate Convention Centre

The chorus was proud to take part in this special event for BABS (British Association of Barbershop Singers). Due to an overnight electrical fault at the Convention Centre, the organisers heroically moved the performances to the magnificent Royal Hall. The White Rose Chorus had worked hard over many weeks to make our package of two songs as professional as possible.

We sang the ballad For sale, One Broken Heart and the up-tempo song Consider Yourself, from Oliver. We had a great time on stage, competing in a particularly tough competition against 45 other choruses from around Britain. We finished in 38th place but achieved our best score in many years (1020 points) so should feel happy and proud. It was an honour and real pleasure to sing to a packed house in such a beautiful venue.

Well done guys and to our MDD Hazel Jiggins! Huge thanks also to Raymond Schwarzkopf from Chicago for his singing and his enthusuastic last minute coaching.