Stage 34 sees the Beacon travel from a handover between Second City Sound and Mountain Harmony in the West Midlands to joint celebration between Mersey Harmony and Mountain Harmony with a couple of Club At Large members in Liverpool.
Here’s what Mersey Harmony had to say about their event with the LABBS Beacon of Harmony:
When the Mountains joined the Mersey
Mersey Harmony were joined by Mountain Harmony and two Club at Large (CAL) members, to receive the Beacon of Harmony scroll. The scroll, a symbol of the harmony of barbershop music has been signed by all the groups that have received it so far.
It has travelled around the country, from chorus to chorus before it ends up in Harrogate later this year for the #LABBS16 40th Anniversary Convention.
Maureen Rushton chair of Mersey Harmony, who hosted the night at their regular rehearsal venue, added: “We were so glad to be able to host this wonderful celebration of women’s harmony singing; what a fabulous evening. It was a great privilege and pleasure to receive the beacon scroll from Club at Large, who received it from Mountain Harmony, and we look forward to passing it on to Soundwaves.”
Around 70 old and new friends mingled over supper, singing together and for each other, led by their musical directors Helen Griffiths and Nova Evans.
Rhiannon Owens from Mountain Harmony, Margaret de Wolf from CAL and Enid Vaux from Mersey Harmony were all present on the evening. All three are founder members of Liverpool Ladies Barbershop singers (now Mersey Harmony) and Rhiannon and Margaret are also founder members of LABBS.
Rhiannon drew the evening to a close, by expressing her pleasure at seeing and hearing so many chorus members enjoying music together in this special year of ladies barbershop. She reminded the ladies that on this day 39 years ago, Liverpool Ladies (now Mersey Harmony) won their first ever gold medal at LABBS convention.
Mersey Harmony then handed the Beacon of Harmony onto their neighbouring chorus, Soundwaves in Blackpool on Friday 9th September, and from there it will continue its final few stages of its national journey.