Barbershop quartets tend to opt for a cappella singing, without music accompaniment.
Why: A cappella singing is a great way to showcase your vocal talents, without the distraction of music.
How It Works: Singing a cappella is slightly different from other singing experiences. It requires a higher level of vocal prowess, and is often more demanding in terms of range and technique. It is important to learn how to sing and take regular classes. Groups rehearse on a regular basis and then perform to a wider audience.
Benefits: Getting together with others to share in song has many documented mental and physical health benefits.
Singing exercises the lungs and tones up the diaphragm. It also helps to improve posture and tones facial muscles. Singing also increases self esteem and confidence, enhances the mood and is useful as a stress reducer. It also brings people together and encourages a sense of community.
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Red Rosettes is a ladies barbershop quartet which meets every Wednesday evening from 7.30pm until 10pm at Leyland Methodist Junior School Hall, Canberra Road, Leyland. For more information visit http://www.theredrosettes.co.uk
Red Rose Chorus is a male barbershop quartet, linked with the Red Rosettes. They meet every Thursday evening from 7.30pm until 10pm at Leyland Methodist Junior School Hall. For more information visit http://www.redrosechorus.co.uk
Blackpool Soundwaves is a ladies group which meets every Tuesday at 7pm at Springfield Methodist Church, Bispham. For more information visit http://www.soundwavesblackpool.org.
The A Cappella Singers meet at Wilpshire Methodist Church, in Blackburn, every Wednesday from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. The group does a cappella, as well as non a cappella, with music. For more information visit http://www.acappellasingers.co.uk
For a previous feature on the Red Rosettes click here http://www.lep.co.uk/news/the-future-is-looking-red-and-rosy-for-this-all-female-singing-troupe-1-8264167