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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.

Their current musical director, Lucy Guess, was appointed in January of 2014. With Lucy at the helm, the chorus won awards for Most Improved Chorus and Most Improved Director at LABBS in 2013 and 2017. In 2014, the chorus celebrated their 25th anniversary and continues to progress every year. In 2017 they scored their highest competition score with 72.9% and a placing of 9th in the UK! In 2018, we  maintained our position as 9th in the UK.

Singers of any experience are welcome, members don’t need any previous experience or the ability to read music. Being a Belle is all about finding your voice!

We rehearse on Wednesdays at 19:00  at Willenhall Social Club

67 Members

We currently have 67 members

and new members are always welcome!

30 Years

Happy Birthday to us!

We have entered our 30th year in 2019!


The Belles of Three Spires were formed in 1989. Michael Brough was MD of the Sounds of Three Spires Men’s Barbershop Chorus at the time and Michael’s partner Cherry Hartshorn was of the opinion that what the men could do, the girls could do better! She and six of her friends got together in her front room to try it out. The girls enjoyed the sound they produced and so Michael was asked to be their MD.  After a while, when a few more members had joined  Cherry took over as MD of the Belles.

In 1994, the chorus joined LABBS and formed the Coventry Ladies Barbershop Harmony Club. They performed at their first convention at Brighton, in 1995. Cherry left for Ireland in 1998, and David Morehen became MD in 2000. Paula Williams was then invited to be MD in 2003. During her time with the chorus, The Belles moved from 15th place to 4th place in the national competition. The Belles had arrived!

In 2008, Timm Barkworth became the MD of The Belles. 2009 brought our first success under Timm when we were crowned winners of the Majestic Choir Festival in Torquay and in 2011 we finished the year as 5th place chorus at the Harrogate 2011 LABBS Convention.

In June 2012, our assistant MD Lucy Guess (Edmonds) became acting MD and in 2013 we saw the appointment of Lucy as our permanent MD  on 30th January! With Lucy at the helm we have gone from strength to strength and were awarded the awards for The Most Improved Chorus and Most Improved Director at LABBS 2013 in October.  We have celebrated our 25th Anniversary in 2014 and in 2015 we achieved a score of 72.3% and increased our rankings again for the 3rd year in a row to 7th place.  2016 and 2017 saw the Belles work hard (and play hard) and this paid off at convention 2017 with a score of 72.9% and a placing of 9th in the UK, with our highest score in competition ever and awards for The Most Improved Chorus and Most Improved Director! In 2018, we maintained our position.


Shows and rehearsals

Our MD Lucy directing us at our recent dress rehearsal recently as a show for family and friends which followed a training day. In other news, our Assistant MD April Stevens directs our brother male chorus Three Spires Harmony and they sung at BABBS in Bournemouth,...

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Coaching sessions

We have benefited from coaching from Neil Firth (twice), Liz Garnett and Gary Plaag.  They all brought their own unique flavour and we were inspired from their teachings.

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Pearl celebrations continue…

We have been so busy over the last few months!  We continued to celebrate our 30th year with our annual dinner in June as a themed 80s night.  We were fortunate enough to have LABBS PRO Rita Hulands (AKA Prince) to present LABBS awards.

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Pearl Ball | Our 30 Year Anniversary!

The Belles Celebrate 30 Years Together!!!   The Belles celebrated in style their 30th Anniversary on Saturday April 6th 2019 at the Heart of England Conference Centre.  A fantastic night was had by all, singing, eating, and dancing the night away.  

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Inspired Harmony with Grand Central Chorus

  Inspired Harmony   Grand Central Chorus,  five-times UK Champions, hosted and performed in an incredible evening of four-part harmony singing. They were joined by special guests Three Spires Harmony and The Belles of Three Spires both based in Coventry. The...

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New Year, New Home

We have moved!   The Belles have been lucky, and honoured, to call Warwick Road United Reformed Church (WRURC) our home for the last two years.  They have been so friendly, welcoming and accommodating throughout.  Unfortunately, all good things must come to an...

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Every Wednesday, 7pm

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Join us for Rehearsal, Wednesdays at 7pm

Willenhall Social Club

Robin Hood Rd

Coventry CV3 3B

United Kingdom