Teaching Warrington how to sing in perfect harmony with Cheshire Chord Company

Warrington Guardian: Teaching Warrington how to sing in perfect harmony with Cheshire Chord Company Teaching Warrington how to sing in perfect harmony with Cheshire Chord Company

CHESHIRE Chord Company wants to teach the world to sing in perfect harmony...or at least Warrington.

The multi award-winning women’s barbershop singers are to run a free four-week evening course at Beamont Collegiate Academy in Long Lane from January 9 to 30.

There up to 50 places available on a first-come, first-served basis where you can learn from the reigning national champions of the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers.

The classes will culminate with a charity concert in February where people can perform in front of family and friends and budding singers will be invited to audition for Cheshire Chord.

“We’ll be teaching them breathing techniques, harmony singing and how to get a good sound by singing together,” said spokesman Alison Linfield.

“Being a Warrington based group we wanted to give something back to our community.

“Members have said that being in the chorus has helped with their confidence and is a great way of making friends.

“We’ve had people who have been bereaved and ill and it gives them something else to focus on. Singing takes you out of yourself.”

Wives, girlfriends and daughters of Bolton male voice choir Cottontown Chorus formed Cheshire Chord Company in the backroom of the Jolly Thresher in Lymm in 1993.

Since then the group of 45 singers have been national champions the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers six times and are former European champions.

Alison, an agricultural chaplain, added: “It’s down to hard work and fun and we’ve been fortunate to have had national and international coaches who have helped us to improve.

“There’s a commitment by everyone in the chorus to do the best job we can.

“Jo Braham, our musical director, has been singing with barbershops since she was eight and leads by example. We have a vibrant music team.”

All that might be daunting for would-be singers.

But Alison said: “All we say is bring your voice and enthusiasm. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never sang before or don’t know if you can sing.

“Come along and see how you get on.”

Cheshire Chord, which has an age range of 16 to late 60s, will be teaching their class how to sing a pop song as a four part harmony.

Alison told Weekend that the atmosphere is electric when the group sings together.

She added: “It makes your spine tingle and the hairs stand up on your arm. It’s such a great atmosphere.

“The extra magic comes when you’re singing in four part harmonies. It’s amazing the sound the voice can make.”

Cheshire Chord Company will also be visited by Jack Pinto from the award-winning quartet Old School next month.

The American baritone singer will be coaching the group in February.

- To book your place for Cheshire Chord’s learn to sing course, call Brenda on 07725191944.

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