Royal Harmonics one note short of top spot

IT WAS a case of close but no cigar for the borough's favourite barbershop chorus on Saturday.

The Royal Harmonics finished second at the British Barbershop Championships, in Southport, but were pleased with their overall performance on a baking hot stage.

Nottinghamshire's Grand Central Chorus won the top prize and with it a place at the world championships in Toronto next year, but the Harmonics performed admirably while competing against a broken air-conditioning system.

Windsor Rackham, part of the 45-strong chorus, said: "We are very pleased with the result although it is hard when you come that close. We were quite apprehensive because we knew there was a lot of high quality choruses and we were due stage ninth quite. We had to sit through a lot of good acts after us." After the 39 groups performed their two songs, the Harmonics featured in an ensemble that included groups from around the world and were applauded for an ironic rendition of their Christmas special 'Let It Snow' in reference to the faulty air conditioning.

Mr Rackham added: "We now start working towards next year's competition."


The Royal Borough Observer