The Belles of Three Spires +44(0)779 2963730 info@thebelles.org.uk

The Belles of Three Spires

Coventry based, a capella, barbershop group.

 

The Belles of Three Spires was founded in 1989 and performed at their first convention in 1995.

Lucy Guess has been our current musical director since 2012. With Lucy at the helm, the chorus won awards for Most Improved Chorus and Most Improved Director at LABBS in 2013 and 2017. In 2017 they scored their highest competition score with 72.9% and a placing of 9th in the UK! In 2019, the chorus celebrated their Pearl 30th anniversary with a Pearl Ball. Our plans for June 2020 were to perform at Disney in California and attend BHS International Convention in Los Angeles. Sadly, these events were cancelled due to the coronavirus.

We welcome singers of any experience level. Members do not need any previous experience or the ability to read music. Being a Belle is all about finding your voice!

Our rehearsals have a new venue now at Whitley Academy. We meet on Wednesdays at 7pm. If you are interested in joining us, please contact our MD (details below) before attending your first rehearsal.

 

50 Members

We currently have 50 members. We even had a new member join during lockdown! Check out our Boost your Singing Day on Saturday 7th May.

New members are always welcome. Please contact our MD (details below) before attending your first rehearsal.

 

33 Years

33 years and still loving what we do every day

History

Timeline:

1989 – Founded by Michael Brough who was at that time MD of the Sounds of Three Spires Men’s Barbershop Chorus. His partner Cherry Hartshorn thought they could match the men, and she started with with six friends and later became MD once a few more members had joined.

1994 – The chorus joined LABBS and formed the Coventry Ladies Barbershop Harmony Club.

1995 – Performed at their first Convention at Brighton.

2000 – David Morehen became MD.

2003 – Paula Williams was invited to be MD. The Belles moved from 15th place to 4th place in the national competition.

2008 – Timm Barkworth became MD.

2009 – Winners of the Majestic Choir Festival in Torquay.

2011 – Placed 5th at the LABBS Convention in Harrogate.

2012 – Assistant MD Lucy Guess (Edmonds) became acting MD. Sang at Coventry Cathedral to welcome the Olympic Torch and also at Paralympics.

2013 – Appointment of Lucy as permanent MD. Awarded The Most Improved Chorus and Most Improved Director at LABBS Convention.

2014 –  25th Silver Anniversary.

2015 – Increased score for third year running to 72.3% and increased ranking to 7th place at the LABBS Convention.

 2017 – Highest ever competition score of 72.9% and a placing of 9th in the UK, awarded The Most Improved Chorus and Most Improved Director at LABBS Convention.

2019 –  30th Pearl Anniversary.

Boost your Singing Skills!

Boost your Singing Skills!

We are holding a one-day workshop to boost your singing skills. Come and join us! Booking is essential and is only £5. Contact our MD Lucy at md@thebelles.org.uk

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New Year, New Home

New Year, New Home

We have moved!

The first week saw of February 2022, saw us moved in to our location to Whitley Academy, Abbey Road, Coventry, CV3 4BD. Our new venue is in a theatre classroom, so the raised seating provides us with practice risers, and will be ideal when we start giving performances again to family and friends.

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Christmas Sing Outs

Christmas Sing Outs

A good number of Belles braved the cold and biting wind to bring Christmas cheer to the shoppers of Coventry, We raised £40 for the Brain Tumour Trust as well in the process.

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Unconventional Convention Belles

Unconventional Convention Belles

The LABBS convention was an Unconventional one this year, with six regional hubs. Nine of our Belles were able to combine their stay in Harrogate with attending the Yorkshire and Humber Hub.

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Belles sing at Generate Festival

Belles sing at Generate Festival

The Belles of Three Spires were invited to sing at the Generate Festival as part of Coventry City of Culture 2021. It was an exciting event as it was the first singout for nearly two years due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

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Sons of Pitches visit

Sons of Pitches visit

Our Vice Chair Holly organised a visit from Joe Novelli from Sons of Pitches for our zoom social on 14th April. Joe spoke to us for the whole evening and gave us tips on how to make instrumental sounds a Capella. We loved the evening and were grateful of the time Joe...

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Contact

The Belles of Three Spires are available for bookings, and we are very open to new members! To book us for an event, please contact our MD (see details below). To enquire about becoming a member, please contact our MD before you attend your first rehearsal.

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Join us at Rehearsal

Every Wednesday, 7pm

 

Our Location

Join us for Rehearsal, Wednesdays at 7pm

Willenhall Social Club

Robin Hood Rd

Coventry CV3 3B

United Kingdom