2018 Quartet Night Results

Barbershop quartet contestThe 2018 quartet night took place on 13 November and was arguably the best yet!  Seven quartets took part, with 19 different singers including a couple of new members.

Unfortunately, this year’s judge had to withdraw due to a last minute illness, hopefully not caused by the stress of judging such a high profile competition. Thankfully our audience were more than up to the challenge of being surrogate judges and an appeal to their sense of fair play made sure that they didn’t just give their own quartet maximum points.  Eurovision could learn a lesson there!

The evening started with a chorus warm up session, taken by our M.D. Colin, making sure that all of the quartets were primed and ready to give their best.  The seven quartets provided a good mixture of repertoire and non-repertoire songs, with only one song being repeated.

The standard of singing this year was excellent, benefitting from the Tuesday routine of choosing a scratch quartet to sing something just after the interval at our rehearsals.  The audience assisted greatly, with their obvious appreciation of and support for the singers.

Following the final quartet, the chorus took to the risers to sing a number of favourite songs from our repertoire, while the arbitrators collated and counted all of the audience votes.

After double checking the totals the results were in and the winners announced.  This year, as has happened before, the winning quartet was one which had been formed just for the contest and almost at the last minute.  ‘Garryatrics’ took the honours and it was generally agreed that the humorous content of their second song probably gave them the edge.

Regardless of the singing quality, the performance of the night was judged to be that of Linzi the lone barmaid, who managed to serve everybody and collect glasses, without delaying the contest.  She was rewarded with a well deserved bottle of fizz.

So, there will be a short break in the nagging before our members are once more reminded that they need to get organised into quartets and practice a couple of songs for next November.  Hopefully some of this year’s quartets will remain together and improve even further.

A big thank you to everybody who took part, whether it was to sing, to vote, to applaud, to serve drinks or only to enjoy themselves.

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