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We rehearse Wednesday’s at 19:15 at Coventry Central Hall, Coventry City Centre
The Belles are over the moon to have been ranked 7th at LABBS convention in Bournemouth 30th October to 1st November 2015.
2015 has been a fantastic year for The Belles, with this result the cherry on top. There has been a lot of hard work and preparation leading up to LABBS 2015, with many fantastic coaches Nicky Salt, Cindy Hansen and Delyth Knight providing us with great help, inspiration and guidance.
On top of this our Assistant MDs were fantastic holding down the fort and continuing our progress while our MD Lucy Guess was on maternity leave, providing us with our greatest ever mascot, baby Belle Sophie Jayne. Our MDs, along with our fantastic and hard working music team, provided us with guidance, support and energy to bring out the best out of us and help us to focus on our goal of increasing our scores to over 70%.
Not only did we beat our goal of 70%, we surpassed this and achieved a score of 72.3% and increased our rankings for the third year in a row to 7th!
LABBS competition this year saw 69 Belles on stage including 15 first timers, making us the largest chorus competing this year! We are so proud of how hard all of our first timers worked and how well they have fitted in with the rest of the Belles, we couldn’t imagine being there without them.
To top it all off we’re so proud of the hard work of our members April and Lesley who created our beautiful yearbook and came away with the Pitchpipers Trophy for the best Yearbook!
Every Belle enjoyed every second of the weekend, loving the performance and the emotional roller coaster that is competing and we’re already looking forward to LABBS 2016 in Harrogate, which will be LABBS 40th anniversary.
The Belles have had many fabulous years at Nettle Hill Ansty but the time has come to move to a new home in the city centre.
We have moved to a new home in Coventry Central Hall, Coventry City Centre. We rehearse every Wednesday in Central Hall from 19:15 to 22:00.
Since its establishment in 1976, LABBS has grown to have over 50 clubs and over 2000 members who are located up, down and across the country from Cornwall to Scotland.
A plethora of special events, will be taking place alongside special anniversary celebrations. One of these events, the Beacon of Harmony, sees the ‘Beacon’ in the form of a scroll, travel to each of the 50 LABBS choruses in the UK over the course of the year.
Each chorus will have two members sign the scroll before it is passed to the next chorus. The Beacon will also contain a barbershop tag for the choruses to learn, sing and record themselves doing which will be put together to form a LABBS Virtual Choir.
The Belles along side Silver Lining received the Beacon from Gem Connection in January with a joint event on 23rd January in Coventry City Centre. Whilst we’ve sung together at shows before, we hadn’t had much time to get to chat and sing together in a social setting, and that became the main focus of our event.
Of course, we all love to sing (and the thought of a merging to form one megachorus really appealed) so we planned a fun singing session to take place in the shopping precinct in the centre of Coventry on the Saturday afternoon!
Arriving at the Central Methodist church laden with cakes and drinks, we were all looking forward to diving into the treats, but of course, first the singing! Sara, Lucy, Lindsay and Jo took turns providing warm up and we all enjoyed the way our voices echoed in the hall. The MDs had decided on a couple of polecats to sing together, mixed with each chorus singing to the other so we very quickly ran through those, and practised the ‘flashmob’ part of the singout! Of course, we performed the Beacon Tag and filmed it for submitting to Nooj, and SL taught the Belles one of our repertoire tags. Finally, time for business – the Beacon hand over. Both Gem Connection (the previous chorus) and Junction 14 (the next chorus) had representatives joining us to sing and took part in handing the Beacon across the 8 women! After signing the Beacon, Sara and Lucy cut our amazing centrepiece cake together (baked by a very talented bass!) and we had a chance for the 4 choruses to chat and get to know each other a little better
The singing flashmob was next! We walked into town together, a long stream of black, pink and red jackets eagerly awaiting the next stage, and gathered by the fountain in the middle of the high street. Beneath the trees, the small chorus of 20 of us began ‘Let’s sing again’ directed by Lucy, the sound and number of us growing as the rest of the women joined us where they’d been waiting and pretending to shop! The Saturday shoppers sat around the fountain to watch and listen, and the MDs decided that each chorus sing another song , and another polecat to extend the time singing given that we had such a keen audience
And that was it – a brilliant day, great friendships begun and reinforced, wonderful voices together and showing our local area the hobby we love so much. We hope to make it an annual event! Thank you to all the organisers, bakers and photographers who made the day.
The Belles had a fantastic night at our annual dinner this year, with many really embracing our theme of a royal night out in celebration of the Queen’s birthday.
1st July 2016 – Grosvenor Casinos Coventry (@ The RICOH) – 20:00 for 20:30 start
The Belles of Three Spires present an evening of musical entertainment to raise vital funds for The Guide Dogs. The event is being supported by Grosvenor Casinos Coventry who are providing the venue for the night.
The Belles of Three Spires will be joined by Lydian, Just Peachy and The Moonlighters and promises to be a night of great music in a fantastic venue. The evening will be a relaxed informal event, held in the show bar of the casion.
Tickets will be £10, with all funds from ticket sales going directly to The Guide Dogs.
Strictly over 18’s only. Free parking from 19:00.
For tickets email
The Belles love to get involved in all types of musical shows, support members of our community and especially our singing sisters. We were delighted and honoured to be asked to perform in ‘Big Girls Blouse’ along side the wonderful, funny and talented Kate O’ Donnell. We performed in her show on both Friday 11th and Saturday 12th March and had such a fantastic time! #standbyyourtrans
As well as singing as often as we can both at rehearsal and performances and working on our songs for convention, the Belles also love nothing more than letting our hair down, have some fun and spend time together (and if we can raise funds for the choir at the same time, even better!)
On 26th February we had a fantastic night trying to master many forms of skittles as arranged by the fabulous Val. As well of skittles we of course also enjoyed cake and singing, could it really be a Belles night out without either?
We thought you’d enjoy some photos………
The Belles ran a successful open day on 30th Jan for ladies who wanted to try some naked singing and learn a popular acapella hit in just one day. We had over 90 ladies on the risers, many of the visiting ladies have since decided to join the belles permanently and we are loving singing ‘Can’t take my eyes off of you’ which we learnt in just one day, including some choreo. A great day of singing, fun and laughter, including a buffet lunch, plenty of cakes and a tombola was had by all.