Singing group is in perfect harmony

Musical director Mike Warner with Albacappella and their trophies
Musical director Mike Warner with Albacappella and their trophies

A singing group which meets in Peterculter has won two trophies at a national ladies’ singing competition.

Albacappella, a barbershop harmony chorus, recently took part in the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS) Convention.

The group, made up of women from Deeside and Aberdeen, was awarded the Millennium trophy for most improved chorus and their musical director Mike Warner, from Ballater, won the award for effecting the most improvement in his chorus.

Albacappella, which has been in existence since 2012, was one of only two choruses from Scotland that took part in the competition with the best of British ladies barbershop singers. The group competed against 32 other choruses from across the UK.

Mr Warner said: “We are delighted with our performance and of course thrilled to have won two trophies.

“There were only 16 of us on stage and so we are a very small group compared to other choruses which can number over 80 singers, but we put on an outstanding show and our voices resonated around the conference hall.”

Albacappella chairperson Tina Newcombe added: “We were one of the last to perform which was quite challenging for the nerves. Many of our singers were performing in front of a large audience for the first time, so it was quite an experience.

Albacappella will be holding a Christmas event at St Peter’s Heritage Hall on Sunday, December 11, from 1-5pm, with Christmas stalls showcasing local crafts, and carol singing throughout the afternoon.

The group meets at St Peter’s Heritage Hall, Peterculter, at 7.30pm on Wednesday nights. From January – March 2017, rehearsals will take place at Kippie Lodge. New members are welcome.