At the start of the Christmas season, Spangles definitely got the party started with their ‘Christmas with Spangles’ concert last Friday in Los Alcázares. Performing to a packed theatre, they wowed their audience with a very professional show. The evening began with a sizzle when they opened with ‘All That Jazz’, followed by some favourites from their repertoire, including an animated performance of “Drunken Sailor”. The highlight of the first half of the show was their first-ever public airing of one of two songs that they are preparing for contest in April 2011, an Elvis classic called ‘Love Me’, which received tumultuous applause.
The new Fénix quartet line-up made their debut, with new tenor, Mo Honess, who has only been singing with them for seven weeks. They were followed by Viva quartet, with their mix of ballads and humorous songs. Spangles returned, decked in tinsel, to sing Christmas songs, with the audience joining in on ‘Silent Night’, and finishing the evening with ‘Feliz Navidad’. Jack Anderson acted as MC and kept the audience entertained with his Scottish sense of humour and will certainly be welcomed back to MC future Spangles concerts.
Chorus members then rushed to the bar to act as waitresses, handing out mulled wine and mince pies to say ‘thank you’ to their audience for their support throughout the year. Needless to say, in true barbershop style, they didn’t miss the opportunity to sing again in the bar.
For the second year running, Spangles nominated MABS Murcia/Mar Menor as their charity for 2010 and they raised a total of 375 Euros on the night for this local charity, whose volunteers include a number of Spangles members.
Spangles is a founder member of the Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers (SABS) and will be attending their annual convention in San Pedro del Pinatar from 8-11 April 2011. “We have a star-studded guest list and are delighted to be hosting the event on our home ground.” said Lyn Baines, Co-Chorus Manager of Spangles and Marketing Manager of SABS “We are privileged to have the UK gold medallist men’s and ladies’ quartets, and two UK choruses as our guests, and VIPs arriving from around the globe”. SABS choruses and quartets will attend from all over Spain and Portugal, with many competing in the quartet and chorus contests, including Spangles, Viva and Fénix, who are working hard on the contest packages. It promises to be a fabulous weekend, with two public shows at the Cine Moderno in San Pedro del Pinatar, so watch the press for ticket availability.