Ladies’ chorus gets new look

Pictured is Judy Day who is making 61 new outfits for Sheffield Ladies Barbershop chorus.Judy measures up members of the chorus LtoR.Tina Cartwright,Ruth Linden,Janice Jardine,Marie Hessell,Joan Streets,Mary Lamont,Elaine Beckingham
Pictured is Judy Day who is making 61 new outfits for Sheffield Ladies Barbershop chorus.Judy measures up members of the chorus LtoR.Tina Cartwright,Ruth Linden,Janice Jardine,Marie Hessell,Joan Streets,Mary Lamont,Elaine Beckingham
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A LADIES-only chorus which has doubled in size has been given a new look ahead of a national competition.

Sheffield Harmony, the city’s exclusively female barbershop choir, has been kitted out with a set of new uniforms in preparation for a performance at Birmingham Symphony Hall.

The group, formed in 1978, saw its membership increase to more than 50 women last year following a recruitment drive.

The influx of members led to a need for a batch of matching costumes to ensure they stand out when they take to the stage at national heat of Sweet Adelines Chorus Competition.

The mammoth task of kitting out this army of women and girls, from its youngest 10-year-old member to the 80 year old chorus veterans, fell to former Sheffield Harmony member and retired needlework teacher Judy Day.

Judy, of Crookes, has been hard at work over the last six weeks, creating 61 outfits in total.

She said: “Barbershop is very glitzy and glamorous, so we had to make sure the outfits were the same.

“There are a range of shapes and sizes in the chorus, so I had to get something to suit everyone.

“I do around six at a time and each one takes me an hour and 20 minutes. I’ve sorted out any problems so hopefully there will be no wardrobe malfunctions.

“I am not a member any more but I go along to support them at conventions. I’ve been to rehearsals and they sound fantastic.”

The chorus will compete to win a place in the international Sweet Adelines competition in Birmingham next Saturday. Groups from across the globe will travel to the USA to battle for a number of titles in October.

n Sheffield Harmony will give their final performance before the competition at Holt House School on Wednesday from 8.30pm.