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Unusual Recruitment Request

Unusual Recruitment Request.

As the Knight’s Membership Secretary for most of my 35 years with the club, I have received numerous requests from people who wanted to join.

As you might expect, most requests are fairly similar. However, some enquires are unique, such as the following: –

At the end of January 2020, I received an email from a Meg Amos, with the following request, I am emailing on behalf of my husband. He will be having some free time coming up from March and I was wondering if he might come along to try barbershop?” The message was signed Megi Roscoe!!

So, my first thought was that her husband, no name mentioned, was about to retire and she was planning to make sure he was not under her feet all hours.

All sorts of reasons went through my mind as to why the apparent Cloak and Dagger, approach was necessary.

I replied to Meg’s mail saying You didn’t tell me your husband’s name but can he give me a call, or text?” 

My thought was that at least that way I would be able to get some idea of why he was getting his wife to speak for him. However, this strategy didn’t work either because on the 7th February Meg replied as follows, I can get him to message you nearer the time if that is still OK? “

Okay I thought, I am not going to get any answers until March, so I left it until March 4th when I again wrote to Meg suggesting that her husband might like to come along on March 5th, that being the first rehearsal in March.

After a quick exchange of messages with MATT, we finally met up on March the 5th.

As soon as the introductions had been completed, I asked Matt why his wife was being so secretive?

Matt, laughed and said it was a secret birthday present and he knew nothing about it. Meg had heard him saying he would like to have a go at Barbershop so she signed him up as a 40th Birthday surprise.

We are all glad that Meg thought of us, and we look forward to many harmonious years with our new member, Matt Roscoe.

Chas Owen Membership secretary

Zooming Through Lockdown

During the lockdown period we have been looking for ways to keep in fine voice.
We have had the privilege of 1-2-1 Zoom sessions with our Chorus Director Sean.
Our member Matthew has posted with great enthusiasm about his experience on our Facebook page

John Wiggins

A Tribute to John Wiggins – Our Founder

This is a salute to one man who had a tremendous influence on the early history days of BABS. He started in 1974 when he joined the Reading chorus to sing in the first Convention in Newcastle. Although starting as a Bari he soon moved on to sing Tenor and had early success with his quartet “Union Jacks” in 1977 where they were quartet finalists.He repeated this in 1982 with “Yesterdays Dreamers” where they were again quartet finalists and in 1981 they were the very first BABS quartet to attend the S.P.E.B.S.Q.A Harmony College in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Later in 1975 he went on to form, with 7 others, the “Chesham Buckaneers” now know as “Knights of Harmony”. He has been with the Knights ever since except when he was the founder of the now-defunct “Gentlemen Songsters”. John worked hard to produce his “dream” chorus and it was a great disappointment to him when it folded.

He is unparalleled in the various BABS posts he has undertaken over his 45 years in Barbershop and these include, in chronological order:

  • Harmony College Organiser 1981 and ran arranging classes at HC for over 20 years
  • Guild of Judges Chairman 1984/5
  • BABS Chairman 1987
  • Special Events Director 1995
  • Convention Show Producer for several years working with his wife Gina

In 2004 came the recognition of his contribution to BABS, when along with 17 others he was enrolled in the BABS ‘Hall of Fame’

John has been responsible for dozens of arrangements which many choruses and quartets included in their repertoire and he intends to continue even after retirement from chorus

It has been my great pleasure since I joined Chesham in 1980 to count John as a friend and his importance to the development of a hobby that has been loved by more than 10000 Barbershoppers to date cannot be underestimated

BOTY – 2019

Barbershopper Of The Year 2019

Congratulations to Simon Hargrave, our ex Musical Director, on being awarded the Barbershopper of The Year (BOTY) trophy.

Each year, at the club AGM, members hold a secret ballot where they select the person who they think has done most to help the club and its members. The result of the ballot is withheld until the Annual Dinner so both the recipient and guests have no idea who has won until the presentation.

This year we had to delay the presentation, as the trophy needed some refurbishment, but still the members and the recipient were not aware of the winner until it was presented at last week’s rehearsal.

In presenting the award the chairman commented on the outstanding amount of work Simon had done for the club during his almost 6 years in the post of Musical Director.

He particularly thanked Simon for his almost 100% attendance over the period and for the weekly audio recordings which he diligently edits, before circulating them to every member.

The Chairman also confirmed that the chorus had shown their respect for Simon, by giving him 70% of the votes cast.

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