In the autumn of 2011, four members of the choir at St Nicholas Parish Church, Arundel, led by Caspian Ashworth decided to form a barbershop quartet. With the prospect of an early debut performance at a dinner party to be held at the vicarage, rehearsals initially focussed on just two songs: -

The day duly arrived for the quartet's first performance, which was unanimously and rapturously received. As a result of this, the quartet was asked to perform for a local branch of the MNDA for their Christmas party. Once again the reception given to the quartet was very encouraging.

In the run up to Christmas, the quartet was invited to an “open mike” night at “The Eagle” public house in Arundel. As the last act to perform, although the initial intent had been to sing just one song, we were encouraged to continue, singing another song from our repertoire and then leading the singing of Christmas carols. As a result of this evening we were encouraged to enter the “Arundel’s Got Talent” competition. The heats started in June and have been working toward the final, to be held during Arundel’s Festival in late August.

With the approach of the church concert in early June, it was clear that the quartet had both the need to expand its repertoire and an ideal opportunity to sing to wider audience. A selection of spiritual songs were chosen and prepared. Singing in the church provided a superb acoustic setting, coupled with a wonderfully enthusiastic audience. Professional musicians were amongst this audience, many of whom provided accolades underlining that this was the quartet’s finest hour to date.

Another appearance at the church fete, just two days after the concert, saw the quartet facing a very different environment. With a mobile audience, background noise in the open air and using amplification, a selection of songs, some a cappella, others accompanied, were sung.

We are currently working on extending our repertoire to include a variety of both accompanied and a cappella songs, ranging from bluegrass to spirituals, humorous secular to sacred.

Using the traditional terms for the different voices, the line up of the quartet consists of:

If you wish to know more about the quartet or enquire about bookings, click here.

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