Mersey Harmony

MAKE MUSIC! SING A CAPPELLA! FEEL GREAT!

COVID-19 UPDATE

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It is with regret that Mersey Harmony are not holding regular rehearsals, for the foreseeable future.

We are following the government’s advice to keep members, and others we come into contact with, safe and well.

During this time, we will continue to hold virtual rehearsals on Zoom.

So, if you are looking for a way to fill your Monday nights during lockdown, feel free to get in touch.

We will still be around here and on social media to answer any questions.

As and when we have any further information, we will notify you on here.

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Vocal Coaching

Every week, we perform a series of physical and vocal warm ups, before training our voices to perfect harmonies. We are supported by our M.D. and each other.

Events

Each spring, we throw open the doors to run our annual Learn to Sing course. This year, we are offering a five-week course exploring the varied and beautiful vocals of Mamma Mia! To sign up, click here.

Perfomances

Throughout the year, we attend a variety of functions, local events and festivals, and even national competitions. It is always a lot of fun to perform together and showcase our ever-developing repertoire.

A Chorus of Friendship and Laughter

Mersey Harmony is a group of vibrant women who enjoy singing a cappella (in the barbershop style) every Monday night. Members receive ongoing vocal coaching and wonderful friendships. 

Throughout the year, we have weekly rehearsals (every Monday night), devise and run events, and perform at weddings, festivals, and more. We have even been spotted on TV a few times!

Each week, we arrive with our own stories and leave with each other’s tales. We are supported, uplifted, and ready to get on with the week ahead.

In fact, we are in the minority; we look forward to Mondays!

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The Benefits of Singing in a Chorus

It has been proven time and again, there are multiple benefits of singing in a chorus regularly. Did you know, there is even evidence to suggest choral singing can extend a person’s lifespan? It is THAT good for you. Don’t believe us, here are a few boosts that singing gives.

Physical Health

Forget eating an apple-a-day, researchers at Frankfurt University have proven singing boosts your immune system! This doesn’t happen when we listen to music – we have to sing.

Emotional Wellbeing

Did you know, singing as part of a group has a huge psychological benefit? In fact study after study has shown sining to be one of the most effective ways to reduce stress.

Happiness

One of the greatest indicators of happiness is connectedness. And, human beings naturally connect through music and singing. We always have done. So, if you want to increase your happiness, you need to join a chorus and we happen to know a really good one!

Friendship

It is rare that a great friendship happens instantly. In fact, science has shown relationships grow best with regular meetings and shared interests. Making music together has also been shown to enhance bonding and trust. That is why you will find incredible bonds when you are part of a chorus. 

Mountain Harmony Meets with Mersey Harmony

It’s not always easy to start something new…

 

Everything we’ve ever done in our lives has had a first time.

It can be daunting, especially walking into a place you know is full of other people who already know each other. It’s even harder when you have to sing with these strangers; something that you’ve maybe only done in the privacy of your own home!

Have no fear. Once you have arranged to come to a rehearsal, you will be met in the reception area and shown around before being taken into the rehearsal room. You will be introduced to our Musical Director, Luke, who will ask about your past singing experience, if any, before deciding which singing part he would like you to try. 

From that point on, you will be helped and supported by the members. There is no requirement to read music. Of course, if you’d prefer just to sit out and listen the first time, that’s fine too.

Our rehearsals are informal and fun and you can be assured of a warm welcome.

It’s simple, if you are interested in learning more, click “Visit Mersey Harmony” below to set a date. Worst case scenario, it’s not for you and you never have to see us again. Or, you find a chorus, a hobby, a group of future friends, and a way to stay healthy and happy!

What is Barbershop Singing

And what makes it different to other types of a cappella singing?

The Barbershop Craft is unique in many ways. Although it is perhaps most well known for the many quartets globally, Barbershop choruses are increasingly popular for their “oomph”.

Our Rehearsals

Make music! Sing a cappella! Have Fun

Monday night rehearsals are fun, energising, enlightening and a really good way of getting rid of the Monday blues. Our tagline is  Make music! Sing a cappella! Feel great!” and this really sums up what our rehearsals are all about.

Each rehearsal is divided into three main segments (excluding our all-important break) and each part builds upon the previous one.

By the end of rehearsals we have had a full body, mind, and soul workout. In fact, the most common feeling described by members at the end of the rehearsal is “uplifted.”

See below for a little more about our rehearsal structure and to keep up-to-date with what we are up to, don’t forget to like and follow us on social media!

Warm Up

At Mersey Harmony, we take our warm-ups seriously. They are typically broken into three parts: 

Physical – maybe a gentle neck and shoulder massage and some stretches. 

Mental – try singing 1,2,3,4,5 to ‘Knees up Mother Brown’ then reverse it – maybe even replacing a number with a word!

Vocal – from a unison song through a round or two and then into some 4-part harmony. 

Warm-ups take about 30 minutes; they help us forget the day’s concerns, relax, improve our vocal skills, and hone our craft. 

Sectionals

Armed with a music score and a pencil, we split into the four ‘sections’ that make up the parts of the song:

Bass, Baritone, Lead, and Tenor.

We often sit in a circle.

We may work on a new song, revise an old one, or perfect one we are working on.

In groups, we practise issues such as when (not) to take a breath, getting the pitch right, rhythm, and interpretation.

Asking questions and sharing struggles is vital here, not to mention super helpful.

Crucially, we iron out difficulties and get tons of tips and encouragement.

On the Risers!

Risers look like steps and make sure every chorus member can see the MD and the audience can see every chorus member!

We each have a ‘window’ and either stand with other members of our section or are spread out to better ‘balance’ the sound.

It is during this part of the rehearsal where the MD directs the overall four-part sound.

Duets between two parts help us fit all the pieces together.

It is on the risers we see and feel the full impact of the barbershop sound – the overtones, the tingling of the spine, the story-telling and the choreography… it affects us all, the audience included!

So, what are you waiting for?

Get fit, boost your social life and sing enough to make your soul soar! 

Of course, we get it. It isn’t always easy to bite the bullet and try something new, so you can follow us on social media while you make up your mind. 😉 

But, don’t let your comfort zone set your limits. If you want to sing (and sing better), now is your chance. Membership is about £20 per month. It includes, vocal coaching, a wonderful rehearsal space, and membership of the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS). 

You also get access to licensed sheet music and teach tracks.

Seriously, if you have read this far – there is only one thing left to do…

 

Fixing each other's make-up before a performance