Rosalind Kipps, own very own Wonderwoman has decided to up sticks and head ‘oop North’ for a change of lifestyle (more space, less commute, near to The Peaks, near to the country’s hottest barbershop hotspot..). We offered to club together and get her a season ticket so she could continue being our Music Director but she pointed out that having a ticket is one thing.. getting a seat is another! So another phase in the life of GSB comes to an end in December. We wish Ros all the best in her new home, with a new chorus and with extra time to spend with Nightfall, her amazing Quartet. We also thank her for great times both on and off the risers – she knows we shall miss her hugely.
Ros has thoughtfully finessed how to bridge the interval it will take to find a new MD by contacting Peter Kennedy. Peter ‘has previous’ with GSB having cut his teeth waving arms around in front of us from 2008-2011 – a period where he led us to two Bronze Medals at LABBS conventions. Ros and Peter know each other well and Peter has agreed to step in to keep continuity within GSB’s rehearsal programme from January 2019. We shall be advertising for a new permanent MD shortly but are really grateful to both Ros and Peter for ensuring that we keep our foot on the gas and gas in our lungs (and all resonant cavities) until the position is filled.
For those interested in applying for the permanent position please contact Emily Bowles as mentioned below. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings outside Sevenoaks, Kent in a hall with good links to M25 and M20 and are currently 32 singers strong. We work hard and love a challenge and are looking for a Music Director with the ears and eyes for performance based singing.
GSB are members of Ladies Association of British Barbershop (LABBS) and experience of barbershop is desirable but not essential as barbershop style is only part of our repertoire and we are happy to arrange relevant training if needed through LABBS. We also arrange a number of education days each year with external specialist coaches. What is important are the skills and knowledge of how good musical direction can shape and stretch a performance and being happy to work with women who like a plan!
If you feel you can meet this challenge or need more information please contact Emily Bowles, Chair of GSB at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us more about yourself, your experiences and any qualifications.