Peterculter choir headed to nationals

Going to a national competition: Peterculter's Albacapella
Going to a national competition: Peterculter's Albacapella

A local singing group is preparing to take to the stage at a national singing competition, taking place in England at the end of this month.

Albacappella, a ladies’ barbershop singing chorus, is participating in the national Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS) convention at the Bournemouth International Centre from October 30, to November 1.

The group will compete against a large number of other harmony choirs from across the UK, performing two barbershop arrangements.

Gillian Thomson, chairwoman for Albacappella, said: “We are looking forward to competing at our annual convention.

“As a chorus we have been practising our songs and our moves to put on a polished performance in Bournemouth.

“We are singing two songs, ‘Yesterday I heard the rain’ which is a moving ballad, and ‘Wrap your troubles in dreams’, a more upbeat and fun tune.

She added: “There is extremely tough competition every year at the LABBS convention, but we are proud of the music we are making and we are excited to perform.”

Albacappella will also be holding a free four week ‘Love 2 Sing’ course in November, where people can come along and learn to sing two Christmas carols in harmony and have the chance to perform at the group’s Christmas concert.

Albacappella is a 20-strong ladies singing group, which meets at the St Peter’s Heritage Hall in Peterculter every Wednesday night at 7.30pm.

The group welcomes women from 16 – 90, beginners and seasoned singers alike.

The group sings a wide range of music from classical barbershop to pop songs including ‘500 miles’ and ‘Happy’.

Albacappella sings under the direction of Mike Warner, a 30-year-plus barbershop singer, with experience at performing at the highest levels. He is a trained vocal coach.