It was just a normal rehearsal, and we were singing along merrily. But then the doors burst open and suddenly the Knights were overcome by the women from Venus.
The fabulous Venus Effect quartet consists of four members of Amersham A Cappella – our neighbours and the top female barbershop chorus in the country.
And, man, can they sing.
They came to try out their repertoire on us before the European Barbershop Championships in Bournemouth, where Venus Effect will be competing for the LABBS Quartet Gold Medal.
The quartet – Jo, Helen, Suzie and Myfanwy – has been together since September 2014 and won the Novice Quartet Award at their first-ever national LABBS competition in 2015. They’ve reached the final six twice, and are already successfully through this years prelims – which selects the best 16 groups (out of about 40) to compete in the finals.
Their repertoire includes an eclectic mix of songs from pop, rock, musicals and pure Barbershop.
The quartet has a strong connection to the Knights beyond being our near neighbours.
In the early days they were coached by Lynne Owen, who’s married to Knights’ bass Chas. Their son Stuart – who also sang with the Knights – is now also coaching them.
So almost family. We wish them great success in the contest. If they can make as big an impact on the judges as they did on the Knights, Venus will be seeing gold stars.