• Christmas,  Coaching,  Events

    Don’t Let Grinch Steal Your Christmas!

    Spangles Ladies’ Harmony Chorus starts rehearsals in Los Alcázares, Murcia on 1 September after a well-deserved summer break. It’s hard to believe, but it’s time to dust off their Christmas songs in readiness for many engagements during November and December.  If you’ve toyed with the idea of joining a chorus, Spangles is offering you an ideal opportunity to ease gently into the art of singing four-part harmony, a cappella style – which means without an instrumental backing -. during the festive season. No need to panic if you don’t read music, Spangles provides teaching tracks to make life really easy for you and they will be with you every step…

  • Events,  News

    A June Wedding for Spangles

    The Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers, of which Spangles is a founding member, recently reached out to respond to an urgent enquiry. County Councilor Brian O’Donoghue from Rathvilly, County Carlow in Ireland, planned to marry at the Hotel Perla Marina in Nerja, Málaga. He wanted to surprise his bride-to-be, Miriam, with a serenade or two by a barbershop ensemble while she was getting ready on her big day. Chorus Manager, Lyn Baines, contacted Brian straight away and gave him links to recent performances. He was very impressed with what he saw and agreed that a sextet would be ideal for the occasion. Musical Director, Valerie Lynch, set to work and…

  • Events,  Fundraising

    Phenomenal Jubilee Celebration

    The Platinum Jubilee celebrations to commemorate HM Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 year reign, something that no other monarch in history has achieved, could not be ignored by Spangles Ladies Harmony Chorus. Many weeks in the planning saw the fundraising team of Maggie Reilly, Susie Wyatt and Gale Booth pull off a sell-out event, a magnificent Jubilee Afternoon Tea, with fabulous cakes baked by Maggie and savouries provided by several Spangles members, could not have been better!   There was a moment of panic when the power failed, just as guests started to arrive and Spangles is extremely grateful to David Christopher from GDC Services for coming to the rescue! The…

  • Events,  News

    Spangles on Tour

    Spangles Ladies Harmony Chorus travelled to Valencia city last week, to join two choruses from San Antonio, Texas, for a concert in the magnificent Iglesia San Esteban.  The group travelled by train from Murcia and Alicante, proud to wear their new ‘walking out’ uniforms, kindly sponsored by A1 Mortgages UK, Paul’s Places in the Sun and Insurance Agents from Los Alcázares.  “We are so lucky to have such wonderful sponsors and many people have remarked on how smart our new uniforms are” said Chorus Manager, Lyn Baines. “After over two years of restrictions, this trip to Valencia was a much-needed boost and the new uniform just topped it off.” With…

  • Community,  Events

    Spangles in the Community

    Spangles Ladies Harmony Chorus has a strong work ethic and strives to be the very best they can be.  Spangles has become a big part of the local community, spreading their love of a cappella singing wherever they can, as has been evident in the past weeks. Spangles has been visiting local schools.  Some of the Spangles team visited King’s College Murcia to run a workshop for some of the music students. The whole Spangles chorus took part in an open day at the IES Ruiz de Alda school in San Javier. Both events were a huge success and both schools are keen to form a cappella choirs as a…

  • Events,  Uncategorized

    Barrington Fundraiser

    Spangles has an association going back over ten years, performing alongside Motown singer, Barrington. Having heard the sad news he had been in an induced coma for 2.5 months, and of course unable to earn a living, Spangles agreed they must do something. ”Barrington is a caring and generous soul who helps local charities whenever he can. He loves our style of singing: a cappella four part harmony, and it was now our turn to give him something back” said Chorus Manager, Lyn Baines. Spangles held a special concert in Sucina’s Restaurante La Mario for Barrington, with a raffle and a silent auction.  They have already exceeded their initial target…

  • Events,  News

    From Strength to Strength, Despite Pandemic

    Spangles Ladies’ Harmony Chorus has coped well with whatever this pandemic has thrown at them. “The past two years have been unprecedented but we’re a very supportive team that’s great at facing challenges and coming out on top” said Chorus Manager, Lyn Baines. “2021 was no exception!” In 2020 the Chorus turned a negative into a positive by recruiting “virtual” members who, together with existing members, were coached individually by Musical Director, Valerie Lynch. Once restrictions were lifted, and following strict safety guidelines, the chorus were able to meet again to practice in person, adapting to each new regulation as it came along. The Christmas season is always busy for…

  • Fundraising

    Cruz Azul Fundraiser

    Spangles was delighted to be involved in Cruz Azul Murcia’s recent event at Le Petit Bistrot in Los Alcázares raised an amazing 784€!    “We are overwhelmed by the generosity of local businesses, and the public, during what are still tough times for everyone” said Cruz Azul President, Lyn Baines.  Organised by the owners of Le Petit Bistrot, Anne and Grainne, and aided by Jilly and Marsha, prizes were donated by customers, friends, and local businesses such as – Pearl’s Plaice  – Rocco’s – The Post Room – The Penny Farthing – Tipsy Thistle – Boochies – Something Special – No. 6 by Genoa – Fun & Games African Adventure…

  • Events,  Fundraising

    Burns Night 2022

    We were thrilled to be able to hold our second Burns Night since before the pandemic. Hats off to our Scottish lassies, Maggie, Lorraine, Ray and Shirley, who organised the best one yet! A great setting at No. 6 by Genoa and a fine, traditional menu made everything perfect. Donnie the piper serenaded our guests as they arrived for their welcoming glass of Cava. Our guests were treated to a true Scottish celebration, from the piping in of the haggis to the traditional Scottish songs from our wee lassies. Thanks must go to Carol Smith for her amazing raffle (she is definitely the Raffle Queen!), helping us to augment the…

  • Uncategorized

    A Busy Christmas

    We’re all on a well-deserved rest until 13 January, after a very busy Christmas. It was so good to be back and singing to audiences again! Wishing everyone a safe and happy New Year. See you soon!