Norwich Harmony, a female acappella chorus, was formed at an evening class at Wensum Lodge and in January 1978 became a member of the Ladies’ Association of Barbershop Singers (LABBS) under the name Norwich Harmony. We sing in the barbershop style which is 4 part harmony and in addition to entertaining audiences at concerts and other events, we regularly participate in the LABBS annual convention.
We attract singers from all over Norfolk, and welcome female singers of all ages and from all walks of life who share a love of this style of harmony and a passion for singing and performing.
We usually rehearse on Thursday evenings at Lionwood Infants School in Telegraph Lane East, Norwich.
We are always looking for new members to join our chorus. Note: you will have to pass a voice test in order to become a member.
Norwich Harmony is steered by our music team and our committee elected at our AGM held each January. The committee organises performances, convention attendance, fundraising, PR, costumes, finance and everything else needed to run a group of this size smoothly.
Alison Thompson joined the chorus in 1995 when her son was three, and her daughter, just three months old. She became our musical director in 2001. For the last 10 years she has sung and competed in quartet too, currently singing tenor with Follow the Dots. She is a certified singing judge for the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers and has judged in Holland, Spain, Ireland, Canada and USA. Alison also runs education events for LABSS in addition to her jobs at the UEA and as a dressmaker.
Carol has been a member of the chorus since 2005. She is assistant director and also Lead section leader. She sings with Alison in quartet (Follow the Dots) and directs Fine City Chorus (Male barbershop Chorus) and the mixed chorus, Mosaic. Her day job is teaching childcare at Lowestoft College.