OUR NEW MD, ROSALIND KIPPS, SCOOPS GOLD WITH HER QUARTET, NIGHTFALL
It was smiles all round at the Sweet Adelines contest in sunny Cardiff last May as Sheffield Harmony watched Rosalind Kipps, our new Musical Director, win the quartet gold medal and then lead the chorus to an excellent score and a top ten place.
Ros moved to Sheffield from London in autumn 2018 to be closer to the other members of her quartet and to pick up the reins at Sheffield Harmony. Nightfall’s tenor, Emma Beedon, was born and raised in Sheffield and sang with Sheffield Harmony as a teenager.
Carole Hall, our chorus’ Public Relations Officer and Tenor Section Leader, said:
Emma was in Sheffield Harmony when I first joined and it was wonderful to see her and Ros being given a standing ovation following their beautiful contest package. We were without a chorus director for six months last year so could not be more pleased with our achievement in this competition. To have a gold medallist coaching us every week is incredibly exciting.
Nightfall will be representing Region 31 at the Annual Sweet Adelines International Convention in New Orleans in September.
SHEFFIELD HARMONY’S NEWEST AND YOUNGEST MEMBER
The desire to study both Physics and Philosophy is unusual enough but when this is combined with a passion for barbershop singing, you know that we have welcomed a rather unusual young woman to our city. When Laura Jane Baxter chose the University of Sheffield, it wasn’t just because it offers a joint honours degree in her favourite subjects – she had also done some careful research to make sure she had access to an award-winning acappella chorus where she could continue her favourite hobby.
Laura Jane joined Sheffield Harmony in October 2018 and was warmly welcomed as their youngest member. She arrived just in time to enjoy partying with 50 vibrant women at our 40th anniversary celebrations and to join in the excitement at the appointment of our new Musical Director, 30-year-old Rosalind Kipps. Ros is no stranger to coaching top-level barbershop choruses and is keen to encourage women of all ages to take up this hugely enjoyable style of singing.
In the words of Laura Jane:
Starting university in a different city can be tough but the women at Sheffield Harmony have been so welcoming they have become my new family.