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We love to get into the festive spirit in the lead up to Christmas and 2017 has been another exceptional season for us, raising charity funds in several venues.
“This has been our busiest year yet for requests to sing at people’s Christmas celebrations” said Wendy Grant, Chorus Musical Director.
The holiday season started with three events – the first at the Spanglish Bar in Balsicas, with the ladies helping turn on the Christmas lights. This was swiftly followed by a Christmas Fair at the Iceland in San Javier, raising money for APAH animal rescue charity and a Singout the following day at La Zenia Boulevard, supporting the Pink Ladies’ Santa Walk, raising money for the AECC. Four days later, they were singing at the Nosmo King function at the Restaurante Paraiso, Torrevieja.
Spangles held their traditional Christmas Concert at Las Claras in Los Alcázares on 8 December. “Our favourite Christmas singout was yet to come” commented Lyn Baines, Co-Chorus Manager. “We were delighted to sing for the residents and staff of the Residencia Lozar in Pozo Aledo. They always give us a warm welcome and it’s a pleasure to sing for them each year.”
They had their traditional Christmas lunch on 14 December, but it wasn’t over! They had been invited back to the C Breeze Cocktail Bar in Playa Flamenca to help raise funds for charity. They raised 200€ and nominated Los Hermanitos Children’s Home in Altea and Los Infiernos Perrera Supporters to receive 100€ each. The children wanted a new TV and it was plain that 100€ would not be enough, so the chorus members rallied round and chipped in. Wendy and Lyn went to Altea on 6 January to present them with their new TV, much to the delight of everyone.
2018 looks like being another busy year for Spangles who will be straight back into rehearsals at Las Claras, Los Narejos, Los Alcázares in January, as they get ready to compete in the Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers’ (SABS) national chorus contest in April.
Are you looking for a New Year resolution? Want to meet new people? Sing a bit? Fancy joining this champion chorus? Spangles always welcomes new members and it’s a great way to make new friends, so why not visit when they rehearse at Las Claras from January onwards? The group meets every Thursday from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.
We were delighted to take part in the fundraising cream tea event at St Nicholas Church in Camposol on Saturday, 3 June. The day turned out to be a very hot one, with temperatures of around 27 degrees centigrade, but we were well cared for, with cover against the glaring sunshine. Our MD, Wendy, wasn’t so lucky but, being the trouper that she is, she stood in full sunlight for both of our sets (Wardrobe may need to make her a sunhat!).
Many supporters consumed their cream teas while we sang and were happy to join in with some audience participation.
The whole afternoon was well-organised and we were well catered for with lunch and cream tea. We believe that the church raised around 700€ and we are pleased to have been a part of this friendly fundraising event. Our thanks go to the church organisers, who made us feel so welcome.
Know you can sing but scared of looking stupid? Want to sing but don’t know where to start? Sang at school but lost confidence? Been told you can’t sing? Or just want a change from Karaoke and don’t know how?
Help is at hand! The Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers (SABS) is offering a free “LEARN TO SING HARMONY IN A DAY” course on Saturday, 20 May 2017 in LOS ALCÁZARES
Gain invaluable experience from members of SABS triple gold medallists, Spangles Ladies’ Harmony Chorus, and their Musical Director, Wendy Grant. Learn the techniques to help you to improve your singing. “This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to improve the quality of their voice and to learn about singing four-part harmony”, comments Wendy. “Those with lower voices are particularly welcome as, in our experience, they have often been told in the past that they can’t sing, which is usually far from the truth.”
SABS President, Lyn Baines, says “We will learn a new song together and in the afternoon we will perform it for friends and family. Our method of teaching has been really successful both in the UK and in Spain, and we are expecting an enthusiastic response.”
There are limited places available, so make sure that you contact SABS by Sunday, 30 April to secure your place – email email@example.com now.
The Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers (SABS) was formed in October 2008 with the aim of encouraging the people of Spain to enjoy this unique form of a cappella, four-part harmony singing. SABS currently has members throughout Spain, Portugal and the Canary Islands. If you would like to find out more, please visit their website: www.sabs.es
Spangles Ladies’ Harmony Chorus joined forces with the Agrupación Coral Nuestra Señora de la Asunción and Rondalla son del Mar Menor groups in a benefit concert to raise funds for those who lost everything in the devastating floods in Los Alcázares, just before Christmas. The auditorium was packed as Spangles followed the Agrupación Coral Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion onto the stage. Spangles’ popularity continues to grow and they were able to invite their new ladies to join them in songs that they had already learned. Spangles finished their set with a debut performance of ‘Eres Tu’ which stunned the predominantly Spanish audience with a serious ‘goosebump moment’.
All three groups came together for a finale of the Himno Independencia Municipal which celebrates the municipal autonomy of Los Alcázares, which was granted on 13 October 1983. “It was a pleasure and an honour to be included in this very significant event to help our local community and we are certain that this will lead to further collaborations in the future.” commented Spangles MD, Wendy Grant. On the night, the concert raised a 1475€ and donations are still coming in.
Here are some memories from the evening (Photos: Mike Phillips)
Lots of hard work on our contest songs with Jack Pinto during the day, followed by an evening of fun and hilarity in twenties style. We really know how to party! Thanks to Jane Dales for the photos:
Spangles Ladies’ Harmony Chorus love to get into the festive spirit in the lead up to Christmas and this year has been exceptional for the ladies, who have been raising charity funds in several venues.
“This has been our busiest year yet for requests to sing at peoples Christmas celebrations” said Wendy Grant, Chorus Musical Director.
The holiday season started with three events – the first at the Spanglish Bar in Balsicas, with the ladies helping turn on the Christmas lights. This was swiftly followed by a Christmas Fair at the Palm Lounge in Cabo de Palos, raising money for a local animal rescue charity. Two days later, they were singing their hearts out at the Cruz Azul animal charity’s Christmas Fair at the Bulevar Oasis in Los Alcázares.
Spangles held their traditional Christmas Concert at the town hall in Los Alcázares on 9 December and were delighted to help Crescendo Choir raise a staggering 975€ for Age Concern at a concert in Torrevieja the following day.
“Our favourite venue was yet to come” commented Lyn Baines, Co-Chorus Manager. “We were delighted to sing for the residents and staff of the Residencia Lozar in Pozo Aledo. They always give us a warm welcome and it’s a pleasure to sing for them each year.”
But it wasn’t over! From Pozo Aledo, Spangles went on to sing a private ladies’ lunch in Sucina!
After a short Christmas break and with many still visiting family, a small group of Spangles chorus members entered a carol competition featuring local traditional choirs and bands. This was organised by the Asociación Cultural Bahía Traíña.
“It was an honour to be offered the opportunity to demonstrate the barbershop style of singing to a new Spanish audience” remarked Wendy “And we were delighted with third place in our first non-barbershop contest.”
2017 looks like being another busy year for Spangles who will be straight back into rehearsals at Las Claras, Los Narejos, Los Alcázares in January, as they get ready to compete in the Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers’ (SABS) national chorus contest in April. They will also be representing SABS at the European contest in the UK in October.
Are you looking for a New Year resolution? Want to meet new people? Sing a bit? Fancy joining this champion chorus? Spangles always welcomes new members and it’s a great way to make new friends, so why not visit when they rehearse at Las Claras from 12 January onwards? The group meet every Thursday from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.
To find out how to join or to book Spangles for an event Email us: Spangles Chorus
Memories from our 2016 Christmas season:
It’s been a very busy year for us and it’s about to get even busier in the lead up to the Christmas festivities with invitations to sing at various venues in Los Alcázares, Balsicas, Cabo de Palos, Sucina and Torrevieja.
“We love this time of year” remarked Spangles’ Musical Director, Wendy Grant “and we’ve been dusting off our Christmas repertoire since September. It’s our chance to give something back to the community by supporting local charities.”
If you’d like to see this champion chorus perform and support some worthy causes, here is the list of where we will be singing:
Thursday, 1 December – 20.00 – Christmas Lights Turning on Ceremony at the Spanglish Bar, Balsicas
Friday, 2 December – 16.00 – Christmas Fair at the Palm Lounge, Cabo de Palos
Sunday, 4 December – 11.00 – Cruz Azul Christmas Fair at the Bulevar Oasis, Los Alcázares
Friday, 9 December – 19.30 – Christmas with Spangles Concert at the Salón de Plenos, Los Alcázares (Tickets available at just 5€ each)
Saturday, 10 December – 17.00 – Joint Concert with Crescendo for Age Concern at the Christian Fellowship Church, Torrevieja (Tickets available at just 5€ each)
Monday, 12 December – 14.30 (tbc) – Opening of Cake Magic at Centro Comercial La Zenia Golf, 15 03189 (next to Paddy’s Point).
Wednesday, 14 December – 14.00 – Ladies’ Lunch at the Restaurante Mario, Sucina
Tickets for the concerts on 9 or 10 December are still available, so please email: firstname.lastname@example.org to secure yours.
Spangles welcomes new members so, if you’re looking to make new friends and enjoy singing, why not visit us when we rehearse at Las Claras? We meet every Thursday from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.
Chorus founder-member, Anthea, celebrates her 70th birthday on 11 September so the chorus had a little celebration with her at rehearsal, to kick off her weekend of celebrations. Happy birthday Anthea!
MD, Wendy, wrote and sang a parody of ‘The Lady is a Tramp’ (below) which was great fun.
She likes her wine, this friend of mine
I think it’s fair to say
No matter if it’s red or white
She likes it anyway
And yes, she likes a fag or two, she thinks it’s really ace
She says it’s the fags and the wine, that keeps her voice in bass
And airs and graces aren’t her cup of tea,
But she’s looking good now she’s seventy
She gets too thirsty for drinking at eight,
She starts at lunch time, she just can’t wait
But we all love, her, she’s a great mate
Oh yes. Our Anthea is a tramp!
She won’t take crap from any of us girls
She designs our choreo, with gestures and twirls
But still we love her, she’s really a pearl
Oh yes our Anthea is a tramp!
She warms us up with a stretch here and there
Always with flair
She’s such a one, always such fun
She’s a real trouper, fun is her aim
She’s even sung on the risers with a zimmer frame
She never gives up…..she should be named a dame
Oh yes our Anthea is a tramp!
She’s a tramp and she loves it
Struts her stuff every day
She’s a tramp and she loves it
And we hope that she will stay that way,
Yes we hope that she will stay that way
Oh yes, Our Anthea is a tramp!
(Wendy Grant – 8 September 2016)
Title: Irish Blessing Concert
Location: Salon de Plenos, Ayuntamiento de Los Alcázares
Description: A dress rehearsal before we head off to Cork in Ireland where we will compete on the international stage.
All friends, family and supporters are welcome.
Tickets just 5€ each
Start Time: 19:30
End Time: 21:00
Title: Brass and Barbershop Concert
Location: Hotel Costa Narejos, Los Alcázares
Description: We are delighted to be sharing the evening with award-winning Lydbrook Band. This is a free entry concert and all are welcome. Spaces are limited, so come early.
Join us in the bar afterwards for an ‘afterglow’.
Start Time: 20:00
End Time: 21:30