Saturday 26th June
Four in a Bar
FOUR IN A BAR
All Saints Church
A miscellany of close harmony, from Barbershop to Sea Shanties via Spirituals, Irish Ballads and much more, delivered with panache and great humour.
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4 in a Bar is a group of four a capella singers, you probably guessed that from their title.You might think the name is a witty take on beats in a musical bar. No such luck. The name is reflective of their habits. Benjamin Franklin is alleged to have remarked that “Wine makes daily living easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions“ Wise man. With the aid of wine the rehearsals of 4 in a Bar are easy, unhurried and tension free .
All four have a strong background in Opera or sacred choral music or both, all have been singing for many years in a variety of different chamber choirs and choral societies and continue to do so. However 4 in a Bar sings only for the joy of singing, no agenda, no wish to do other than enjoy making music. As a result their audiences seem to enjoy their music as well.
As a group they sing when invited to do so, usually for fund raising events, Samaritans and the repair of various churches have been beneficiaries (though they have performed choral evensongs and Christmas concerts). They have sung in venues from Herstmonceux Castle Ballroom to Sussex and Cotswold churches. Last year they were asked to sing in South Stoke, near Bath, to raise money for roof repair. They have sung at christenings, weddings and funerals, on boats on the Thames, in rented houses in Ireland (a little wine was involved on that occasion) and were once asked to give an impromptu performance after an enjoyable dinner in a very posh restaurant. But that is best forgotten. Mainly because by sheer good fortune the musical director of one of our larger and better known cathedrals was present but had thankfully just retired to bed.
Their concerts display their catholic taste and backgrounds and are enlivened by their introductions to the music they are to sing , which are sometimes slightly disrespectful of the music, the composers thereof or indeed each other. They also employ props. Sometimes. The less said about those the better. Their music will range from a Schubert Mass to chart hits, from Tallis to Tavener, Geilo to Galloway ( don’t worry if you haven’t heard of him) along the way will be the odd spiritual and sea shanty.
Never mind any of this, they sing and wait be invited back, they usually are. They will entertain you and you will leave having enjoyed your evening.