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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
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
Title: Sing Harmony in a Day
Location: Centro Municipal Las Claras, Calle Helena, Los Narejos, Los Alcazares
Link out: Click here
Love singing but don’t know where to start?
then this free singing course is for you!
Not only will you learn to sing a cappella, you will learn a song with Spangles Ladies’ Harmony Chorus which you will perform to family and friends at the end of the course.
Please contact us before Saturday, 21 May for full details and a registration pack.
Call: 968 334 527 or 968 574 987
for full details
Start Time: 10:30
End Time: 19:15
Thursday, 31 March saw Spangles arrive in Calpe to sunshine and a lovely sea view, ready to carry out our duties as mic-warmers, door stewards and couriers. The day was jam-packed with hotel check-in, convention registration, sound check at the theatre, rehearsal, dinner and watching a fabulous show with Musical Island Boys and LoveNotes. We then dashed back to the hotel for the opening ceremony and to take part in the Fun Show as ABBACadabra. This show kickstarts the weekend where anyone can take part, but it has to be something to make the audience laugh. It’s a great ice-breaker which was organised and compered by our own Donna Walsh.
Friday was quartet contest day and we were delighted to see three quartets, comprising Spangles members, compete. We were even more delighted to see Shiraz (Mo, Marina, Liz and Madelon) win their first silver medal – wow! Also taking part were Quartz (featuring Phil Molloy) who were awarded the highest scoring mixed quartet medal and Con-Fusion (Wendy, Heather, Linda and Carol) in their splendid red dresses.
The highlight of our weekend had to be singing Pokare Kare Ana with Musical Island Boys on the Saturday show – what an honour! This was followed by a great afterglow and a scratch quartet contest, organised and compered by Donna – we think you missed your calling Donna!
We’re looking forward to 2017 convention in Benalmádena and are already working on our contest songs. Here area few photos from SABS16 – you can find lots more on our gallery page.
Title: A Capella Meets Motown!
Location: Restaurante Asturias, Punta Prima
Description: A Capella from Spangles and Motown from the amazing Barrington – a show not to miss! Tickets Available at Restaurante Asturias or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 650 745 711 or 968 334 527
Start Time: 20:00
End Time: 22:00
We will be entertaining the ladies of La Tercia at their Pop-up Tea Shop on 16 March from 4.30 pm. A scumptious afternoon tea for just 7.50€. Why not come along? Email email@example.com to book.
Title: Coaching with Jack Pinto
Location: Centro Municipal Las Claras, Los Narejos, Los Alcázares
Description: A wonderful opportunity to be coached by Jack Pinto from the USA. Jack won a quartet gold medal in 2011 with Old School and is Director of Brothers in Harmony Chorus in New Jersey. He has coached quartets and choruses all over the world, but this is his first time coaching in Spain. Exciting!
This is a private coaching session for Spangles members only. Please bring a packed lunch and plenty of water.
Start Time: 10:00
End Time: 17:00