About Cheshire A Cappella
Cheshire A Cappella is a group of women of all ages and walks of life with one thing in common - we love to sing! It's well known that singing brings physical, psychological and emotional benefits; it reduces stress and increases feelings of well-being, it improves posture and breathing, boosts the immune system.... and it's a great way of meeting people and making new friends.
Here at Cheshire A Cappella we derive a huge amount of joy from singing together every week, working on practising and extending our repertoire of songs and improving our vocal and performance skills, and then going out to perform to a variety of different audiences. We are strictly an amateur chorus; most of us have never had singing lessons and many of us can't read music, but we work together in a supportive environment to achieve the best we can and have loads of fun along the way
Our Musical Style
We are a women-only chorus and we sing in unaccompanied (a cappella) four-part harmony. Many of the arrangements we sing are in the barbershop style, where the melody is surrounded by harmonies above and below, creating wonderful natural overtones. Women with any voice range, from low to high, are able to find a suitable harmony part. Our repertoire varies from contemporary and pop to swing, jazz, ballads and songs from films and shows, together with some classic barbershop arrangements. Some of our songs are performed with choreography to enhance the overall musical presentation.
In 2022 we were delighted to appoint Sue Ward as our musical director. Sue Ward is already a well-known and respected member of Cheshire a Cappella and brings a solid Musical Director experience.
Performances and Competitions
We are members of the Ladies' Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS) and participate in their annual convention. The conventions are hosted in different venues, the last being in Llandudno in 2019. LABBS Convention is our major event of the year which takes place annually in October, where we compete with up to 30 LABBS choruses from across the UK. We also take part in various local music festivals throughout the year, as well as performing at private and public events and staging our own annual show, usually in the run-up to Christmas.
Location and Time
We are based in Wilmslow, Cheshire and rehearse weekly on a Wednesday evening from 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm.