Success for Grand Central members at IABS Convention

Success for Grand Central members at IABS Convention
Type of post: Chorus news item
Posted By: Paul Searson
Status: Current
Date Posted: Mon, 9 Oct 2017
The 28th Annual Convention of the Irish Association of Barbershop Singers (IABS) recently took place at the City Hall in Cork, over the weekend of 6-8th October 2017. This year's convention included an Open Mixed Chorus competition, and joining the rest of the EQ Rendezvous mixed chorus to take part were three Grand Central Chorus members - Dick Knight (GCC tenor, and EQ Rendezvous Chorus Director), Kevan Liebling (baritone) and Paul Searson (bass).

The EQ Rendezvous mixed chorus is made up of singers who have all participated in Extreme Quartet activities at the UK Harmony Brigade, or in the Extreme Quartet stream at BABS Harmony College. The chorus includes members from the UK, Ireland, Germany, Holland and Belgium; opportunities for regular rehearsal are therefore limited, so the chorus practice their parts individually or in small local groups, and then come together for some intense rehearsals immediately before each competition performance.

When the competition results were announced Dick, Kevan and Paul were delighted to hear that EQ Rendezvous had won the Open Mixed Chorus contest, with a score of 73.9%!

This also meant that the chorus were given a spot in the Gala Concert - all of this bringing back many happy memories from the 2016 IABS Convention, when Grand Central won gold in the IABS International Chorus competition.

As with the 2016 Convention, this year's IABS Convention was a thoroughly enjoyable weekend, with a warm and friendly welcome from the local barbershoppers for all the visiting choruses and quartets. Congratulations to all the medal winners in the various contest categories, and to everyone who took part. Visit the IABS website here to see all of the contest results, and, in due course, photographs and recordings from the event.