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Knights Hall Of Fame

Knights Hall Of Fame

The following is a list of members who have made outstanding contributions to the success of the club and the British Association over the past 45 Years.

The notes are a synopsis of their achievements and in no way cover all their work on behalf of the club and the Association

JOHN WIGGINS

John founded the club in 1975 when he advertised for singers to form a new chorus in Chesham. He was chorus director for approximately 22 Years over two separate periods. John is also a prolific arranger being responsible for almost all of the arrangements used by the chorus in the first 10 years of the club’s existence. As well as being CD, John also took on the role of show producer of the club’s annual shows between 1977 and 1992.

In addition to his service to the club, John also served as a member of the British Association of Barbershop Singers ( BABS ) board of directors. His numerous positions included Harmony College Manager, Convention Manager, BABS Vice Chairman, Chairman and Director of Special Events. John also served on the Harmony College arranger faculty for over twenty years. He was also a member of the BABS Guild of Judges over many years serving as both Category Director and Chairman of the Guild.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to the running of the Association John was enrolled in the inaugural BABS Hall of Fame.

Although John no longer sings with the chorus, he continues to have contact as a life-time honorary member.

IAN STONE (deceased)

Ian was also a founder member and assistant chorus director. Ian was also club membership secretary and sing-out secretary. To help the chorus he designed and built sets of folding risers (Rostra). Ian patented his Top Spot design and sold a number of risers to local clubs. Ian was a member of the Guild of Judges and also the first Membership Secretary for BABS. In this role, he successfully

founded seven barbershop choruses between 1982 and 1988. At the time of writing this tribute all choruses are still performing. Included in these choruses is the multiple medal winning chorus, Amersham A-cappella, (formally Chiltern Harmony). Ian was their original chorus director and he also did some of their arrangements.

In memory of Ian, his wife Rene commissioned a trophy to be presented to the BABS third placed quartet. The trophy was designed and made by Peter Barnett a member of the Knights.

A picture of the trophy and a tribute to Ian can be found in the BABS 25 year History Book.

In recognition of his sterling work, Ian was enrolled in the inaugural BABS Hall of Fame.

TONY SEARLE

Tony was an early recruit to the chorus, joining around 1977. Tony is also a great, prolific arranger with songs sung by Champion Quartets and choruses both in the UK and the USA. Tony took over as Chorus Director when John became Vice Chairman of BABS and continued in that role until the chorus moved base to Hemel Hempstead in 1989. Tony returned to the role of CD when the chorus returned to their original base at the White Hill, Chesham in 1998.

Tony was also heavily involved with BABS board of management, serving as Vice Chairman, Chairman and Director of Music Services. He was a member of the Harmony College faculty over many years, and was also on the BABS Guild of Judges. Tony served as Guild Chairman and Music Category Director over a number of years.

In recognition of his sterling work Tony was enrolled in the inaugural BABS Hall of Fame.

STUART LINES

Stuart was an even earlier recruit, joining in 1975. Stuart also served as BABS Vice Chairman and Chairman and was a founder member of the Guild of Judges, serving many roles over the years, including Chairman. He is still a member of the Guild and holds the post of Guild Secretary at the time of writing. He was appointed Membership Secretary for the Association in 1994 and holds that position today. He has been a member of the Harmony College faculty over many years, up to the present time.

Stuart’s support for the club was outstanding, serving as assistant chorus director, club musical director and baritone section leader up until he moved house in 2013. The number of hours of committee work accumulated over his 37 years with the club is uncountable.

At the 2015 Convention Stuart was enrolled in the BABS Hall of Fame

CHAS OWEN

Chas joined the chorus during the tenth anniversary year 1985. At the 1986 AGM Chas was appointed Club Secretary. From this date, up to the present, Chas has continued to hold administrative posts within the club including Chairman, Marketing Manager, Show Producer, Sing-out Secretary, magazine editor and the present Membership Secretary.

In 1987, Chas was awarded the club Barbershopper of the Year for his work in co-ordinating the hosting, amongst chorus members, of a visiting chorus of some 33 singers from Chesham’s twinned town of Friedrichsdorf, Germany.

In 1989, Chas was appointed BABS’ first Administrative Officer going on to become Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Association from 1997 to 2000.

He continued to work with the executive board as Minute Secretary until 2018.

Chas was enrolled into the BABS Hall of Fame at Convention 2018.