Fundraising for SABS Quartets


As members of the Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers (SABS), Spangles Ladies’ Harmony Chorus of Los Alcázares organised a series of concerts to raise funds to help two young Spanish barbershop quartets to represent Spain at the European Contest in Holland in March this year.

Torrevieja quartet, Fourmidables, SABS 2012 Silver medallists and Cataluña-based quartet, Hanfris, , SABS 2011 Gold medallists, appeared with Spangles (SABS 2011 Gold medallists) and the Torrevieja Harmonisers (SABS 2011 Bronze medallists) at two concerts in Los Alcázares and Castalla, and the two quartets also sang to a packed house at Diamante’s Restaurant in El Mojón.

Audiences, whose vision of barbershop may have been of four men in boaters and stripey waistcoats, were blown away by the stunning voices of the two young men’s quartets and the entertaining and professional performances of the choruses. Their comments ranged from “I didn’t realise that barbershop could be so entertaining” to “The show was unbelievable value for money”.

SABS President and Spangles Musical Director, Gail Grainger, commented: “These young guys are great ambassadors for SABS and we are so proud that they have qualified to represent us on the European stage. It will cost approximately 2,400€ for each quartet to compete in Holland and Spangles wanted to show their support by helping to raise funds for their trip. I’m delighted to say that we raised 1000€ from the series of concerts and we’re extremely grateful to our wonderful audiences.”

After winning a Gold medal, quartets and choruses cannot compete in the following year, so Spangles and Hanfris will be going for gold again at the SABS Convention in Benalmádena, Málaga in April this year. “The Chorus is working hard on our two contest songs and we will be showcasing them at a show in March this year. “ remarked Gail. “Details will be announced in the press and we’d love to see all our supporters there.”

Following on from their gold medal success, Spangles has released a CD called ‘Pure Gold’, which includes their two winning contest songs and many audience favourites. ‘Pure Gold’ is on sale at just 5€. Call 968 432 525 or 968 334 527 to order your copy.

Spangles welcomes new members so, if you’re looking to make new friends and enjoy singing, why not visit Spangles when they rehearse at Las Claras? They meet every Thursday from 10.00am to 1.00pm.

Please call Lyn on 968 432 525 or Anthea on 968 334 527 to book Spangles or to find out how to join, or email:

Lyn Baines
Author: Lyn Baines

Chorus founder and manager, bass section leader.

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