Music Groups Group in LEATHERHEAD KT22 8AY, LEATHERHEA
We are The North Surrey Barbershop Harmony Club, popularly known as "The Downsmen". Barbershop is four part acapella (unaccompanied) singing and we are affiliated to the British Association of Barbershop Singers. We rehearse each Wednesday evening in Leatherhead with a repertoire covering four part harmony for both modern and classic songs arranged in the barbershop style.. We welcome singers of all ages, we perform for local charities and civic events and welcome all enquiries for performances and membership. We also run occasional short learn to sing courses to encourage people to come along and enjoy a taster in an informal and friendly atmosphere.
For futher information please see our website : www.downsmen.co.uk
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As part of the Epsom 75th Anniversary, the Downsmen have been invited to appear in a Diamond Jubilee Music Celebration evening, to be held in the Duchess Stand at Epsom Race Course on 28th September 2012.
Several other singing groups and a silver band are also expected to appear. Further details and ticket prices to be announced nearer the time.
On 28th July the Men's Olympic Cycling Race will be travelling through Dorking and the Downsmen will be appearing for the general public during the morning/early afternoon. 2/3 sessions are planned, times and venues to be confirmed nearer the date by the event organisers. Watch this space for further details
The Downsmen will be appearing at the 50 Plus Show held at Olympia on Thursday 12th July 2012, performance times 11.30 am and 1.20 pm. Free tickets for the show are available from the show's website - www.50plusshow.com
The British Association of Barbershop Singers hold an annual convention at which affiliated clubs can take part in a competition to find out the best Barbershop Chorus in the country.
After several years absence, the Downsmen decided to enter this year and travelled to Southport, Lancashire, for the event on 26th May. We worked hard on the two numbers we entered into the event and showed the UK Barbershop World what North Surrey can produce. A very enjoyable weekend was had by all who attended, and thanks to all those who were able to attend.
On 12th May 1012 the Downsmen took part in the Croydon Music Festival held this year at the Whitgift School. Despite a strong performance we were edged out of the top spot by a very narrow margin, but were once again highly commended by the judges for our performance.
The first half of 2012 is already beginning to look busy for the chorus - apart from various singouts and our regular Spring Quiz Night we also have our title to defend at the the Croydon Music Festival and the BABS Annual Convention. Both events take place in May so it's an exciting time in the run up to the summer for us.
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