Fascinating Rhythm A capella chorus Bristol
Fascinating Rhythm A capella chorus Bristol

If you love to sing Fascinating Rhythm is always looking for new members to join our award-winning chorus.

Join Us

Where and when?

Whether you like to sing high, low or somewhere in between, you’ll find a warm welcome from us.

Come along to one of our rehearsals on a Thursday evening from 7.30 – 10.00 pm at the Greenfield Centre, Park Avenue, Winterbourne, Bristol, South Gloucestershire BS36 1NJ.

At your first or second rehearsal visit, we will invite you to join us for our voice warm-up session and vocal craft practice.

Stay for the evening where you can watch us brush-up our repertoire songs and choreography! And, depending on the time of year, witness us work through new songs for our performance package in readiness for the LABBS national Barbershop competition which takes place each October.

If you get a sense that we are what you are looking for, the joining process can begin, full details here Introduction Leaflet

A warm welcome awaits any visitors who come to a rehearsal; just get in touch and let us know you would like to visit us and we will be sure to look out for you!

Why Choose Us

25 Years of Experience

Fascinating Rhythm has for over twenty-five years, been helping, leading and encouraging singers.

Proven Success

You will be part of a chorus that has achieved success regularly year after year in national competitions as one of the top five female choruses in the country.

Great Fun

Do you enjoy a good laugh, want to make friends and feel part of a great community of like-minded ladies who sing? Then you have come to the right place.

 

A love of Singing

If singing is in your blood, then you have come to the right place as singing is who we are. We love to sing.

What do I need to do?

To join us, all you need is a basic ability to sing and a desire to immerse yourself in the world of Barbershop and a cappella performance.

We have a four-stage appraisal process for new members to complete to become a full singing member of Fascinating Rhythm. At each stage, the section leader and the music team will support you, and you will be given feedback at each step in the process. In return for your hard work and enthusiasm, you’ll enjoy a rich and rewarding experience. We sing in public and at private events, and compete in national competitions. To ensure that we are more than ready to perform, we regularly undertake coaching sessions to hone our craft.

For more information on membership, please complete the membership form and we will be in touch.

You will be in safe hands – and what a buzz you’ll get from singing with a big chorus!

For potential members under the age of 18, we have a safeguarding policy available on request.  Our lower age limit is 14 years.  For younger potential singers, check out our junior chorus – Junior FR

 

Testimonials

Below are a selection of reviews from some of our workshops and performances.

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  • "I loved the word worksheets – worked like a charm."

  • "Fun. Help with breath control. Techniques to warm up. Surprised I was a bass! Lovely cake and warm welcome. A challenge as the bass section part was hard with few words. Gained confidence in singing with a large chorus. I loved it from start to finish."

  • “Fun, encouraging day.”

  • "Everyone friendly and warm. Felt very welcome."

  • "Four parts is the basic method, but we enjoyed one piece that had ten-part harmony, hugely impressive to those of us who find singing alto a challenge!"

  • “Great sense of achievement and enjoyment. Wonderful to be able to learn and perform a song in a day.”

  • "Terrific fun, thank you for all your hard work."

  • “Hats off to our team leaders – I was in the Bass group, and I know I wouldn’t have even got close to a decent end performance without the excellent guidance and encouragement of our particular leader, who was brilliant.”

  • "I like the way it was introduced in small sections so that we could grasp it ok. I’ve never been to a singing workshop before – Loved It!"

  • "Fun! Met a lot of really nice people. Improved my singing confidence and learnt some good advice on breathing, etc. Very efficiently run, excellent organisation."

  • “The section leaders were excellent. Inspiring.”

  • “I felt uplifted and happy. I so enjoyed meeting other ladies and singing.”

  • “Confidence in singing. Enjoyment.”

  • “Uplifting singing opportunities in a group of lovely voices.”

  • “Just a word of thanks. Everyone was so friendly, welcoming and most importantly – understanding.”

  • "I was singing in a large 4 part harmony group! Breathing etc. associated with singing!! Respect to Fascinating Rhythm!! Thank you."

  • “Most enjoyable, informative and inspirational.”

  • "I loved it – came last year and really think I’m going to join this amazing group. Felt energised and tired, but very worthwhile."

  • “Thank you for having my daughter for the workshop on Saturday. She had an amazing time. Please thank the team for what was an amazing performance at the end of the day.”

  • “I found it helped me produce a better sound than I have for years.”

  • “Thank you so much for the amazing day on Saturday, my daughter loved it! Yes please she would like to come for a trial on Friday 22nd January at Iron Acton Village Hall.”

  • "Enjoyment of singing in a big chorus, with very friendly women. Excellent tips from the Director on getting right notes, etc."

  • “Perfect venue and catering. Cake is necessary on these workshops, and you did us proud!”

  • “Thoroughly enjoyed it. All Fascinating Rhythm make a great effort to support and make sure everybody is ok. We came last year, and it was lovely to be remembered.”

  • “Loved to learn I’m a Bass and not out of tune! Such a welcoming and well-organised event – brilliant.”

  • "Another fantastic day – thanks to everyone involved."

  • "Excellent info on voice use and control. Very friendly, supportive coaches."

  • “A fun day doing something I wouldn’t normally get to do.”

  • “Great fun, experience a different sort of singing from usual, chance to challenge myself.”

  • "Reminded me of how much fun singing can be, and a sense of achievement."

  • “The sheer joy of using my voice.”

  • "I enjoyed practising in different parts and looking forward to singing with you again."

  • “A bit of everything. Vocal colour, harmony and learning a whole song in a day!”

  • "Always a good day out – look forward to more, and seeing more performances. Thank you for all your hard work to make the day a success."

  • "A great day, the breaks and refreshments just right – and thank you for our Gift Bag!"

  • "You were all very welcoming, and the instruction was excellent."

  • “Made me realise how much I enjoy singing.”

  • "Great pointer – shoulder blades in back pockets. Loved the analogy of breath on a mirror."

  • "Fun, and a little more confidence in my voice."

  • "A wonderful, musical, full of fun and laughter day."

  • "I expected to sing Lead but found myself in Baritone, which pushed me further than I’m used to."

  • "Do it again! Bouncing off the energy of Fascinating Rhythm and singing at the end. Double woo hoo!"

  • "Enjoyed the sense of all the delegates improving through the day."

  • “A big sense of wellbeing, lots of fun. Can’t wait till next year.”

  • “Many thanks to all the FR helpers for the wonderful experience you gave my daughter. The fun and impressive productions at Showtime! were a delight to watch, and quite obviously and evidently to take part in.”

  • “Really enjoyed singing in a group.”

  • "Great day, relaxing, exciting."

  • "I was not made to feel inadequate, as never sung bass before. It involved lots of fun which helped relaxation - overall inspired. Thoroughly enjoyed it all!! Fabulous."

  • “We had again the most fantastic day loved every minute of it. Everything was equally as good as last year and can’t wait for next year.”

  • "We loved and will be coming next year."

  • "The confidence to learn a complete song quickly and with natural choreography. Fantastic day – thank you! Looking forward to next year!
    Techniques, fun, friendship – exhilarating!! And Cake!"

  • "Very well organised, a pleasant day."

  • "Everyone made to feel welcome; they were helpful, friendly and put me at ease quickly. Thank you."

  • "I enjoyed learning different singing techniques and breathing exercises. Thought Fascinating Rhythm members were very friendly and welcoming"

  • "The ‘feel-good’ factor and a sense of achievement."

  • “Great fun. Quality me time!”

  • "Lots and lots of enjoyment. Great organisation. Wonderful atmosphere. Thanks to all the ladies for a wonderful day."

  • “It helped me focus my sound and helped me to breathe."

  • “Could you do it more often?”

  • “Thank you very much for sending our truly fascinating day song recording. It sounds wonderful; we even got some of Jo’s goosebumps she sometimes got when we were particularly good.”

  • "Everything – how to sing, how to listen, met you all and how lovely you all are. Fantastic and (in a Craig Revell-Horwood voice!) Fab-u-lous! Thank you so much, one of the best days I’ve spent."

  • “Loved singing in a large chorus, enjoyed doing craftwork and loved the song.”

  • “Well done. It was well organised. Vocal sessions were spot on. Everyone was friendly and welcoming. I’d come again.”

  • “A chance to sing in harmony with other people – confidence booster!”

  • “Learned something about the different tone of voice we are capable of with different mental imagery/attitude.”

  • "Great to sing with a 1st class group."

  • “To be able to learn a song so quick. Meet other people.”

  • “Just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for a wonderful day last Saturday when some friends and I came for the singing workshop. Really well organised and such fun and am amazed a decent noise came from some of the more inexperienced ones amongst us! Special thanks to Jo for her enthusiasm and tips. I have demonstrated singing ‘wide’ to a number of people now – still makes me laugh!”

  • "I must just say how wonderful all the ladies were and helpful with lots of kindness. Super day."

  • "Excellent friendship! Good craft points."

  • “Just wanted to say thank you for a great event on Saturday … I was very impressed with the children’s performance, and I know my daughter thoroughly enjoyed the experience.”

  • "Great day – thank you! Very well organised."

  • “You all work so hard to make sure all the delegates have a good day, you are all so friendly and helpful, my only comment was it could have been a little warmer in the big hall, but everything else was spot on.”

Join Us

Meet some of our our Members

WENDY DANIELL (Baritone)

Wendy Daniell Baritone Fascinating Rhythm“I’ve retired early so finally have quite a bit of free time. I belong to a choral society but fancied joining a second choir that sang more light-hearted music. It was an Internet search that brought me to the Fascinating Rhythm website. I liked the look of what I saw, so I filled in the contact form and clicked on “Submit”. Within a day, not only had I heard back from Margaret but also been invited by Andrea to join a car share for the journey to rehearsals. What a friendly start! I was blown away at the first rehearsal when I saw the chorus perform its highly-placed songs from the annual LABBS Convention. Everyone is very welcoming and supportive, and already I feel like an established member. One aspect I particularly like about Fascinating Rhythm is the structured approach it takes to learning songs and making sure that everyone comes up-to-scratch for performances.  I am looking forward to my first convention.”

Vicky Champion (Lead)

Vicky Champion Lead Fascinating Rhythm“I went on a singing holiday last October and ended up doing an hours worth of tags with three barbershop guys and absolutely loved it. They also told me about the Convention, and I decided to go. When I registered the form asked who I was supporting, and I put Fascinating Rhythm as it was the closest group to me (must have been Karma!). I loved the Convention and joined in with tags in between things – a great buzz! My mission then was to find a group to join. I was disappointed with the ones I visited in terms of energy, friendliness and attitude, so when I came to Fascinating Rhythm (having seen your stunning set at the Convention too!). The immediate friendliness, Jo’s brilliant Directorship and the energy of the group it was a no brainer and here I am. I am loving it – it’s challenging, getting me to sing in a different way to anything else I have done and it’s really wonderful to be part of such a determined, friendly and energetic group of ladies – thank you for making it so wonderful!

Amy Ford ( Lead)

Amy Ford Lead Fascinating Rhythm“I wanted to join Fascinating Rhythm because a really good friend of mine sings in the chorus and has told me how much she loves it, and it has transformed how she sings. I sing in a community choir and have been wanting to improve my singing technique and try the challenge of 4 part harmony for a while, so when the opportunity came, I went for it! My first few weeks have been great – every single person I have spoken to has been so welcoming, and the wall of sound Fascinating Rhythm can create is mind-blowing. I can’t wait to get trained up and bring it to the big stages!

Kate Bishop (Lead)

Kate Bishop Bass Fascinating Rhythm“I have always enjoyed music, playing Clarinet and Drums (not at the same time), but I’ve never really sung in a choir. A friend of mine introduced me to FR 2 years ago when I attended the workshop in 2017. I soon found my way into the bass section and had a great day, but not the courage or commitment to join. My friend invited me back to the workshop in 2018, and something clicked, and I felt I must join Fascinating Rhythm. I feel at home in the bass section, all have made me so very welcome. I love the harmonies, and Fascinating Rhythm makes such a glorious sound; it is great to be part of it. I’m learning new songs and enjoying the challenge that singing with committed members brings; there is no sitting on your laurels though, Jo the MD makes us work hard on a Thursday. A brilliant way to spend an evening, I feel privileged to be a member of Fascinating Rhythm.

Rehearsals

Our rehearsals are a time when we can hone our skills and become a cohesive chorus.

We are a team and working together inspires us to reach our full potential.

Rehearsals are when we polish our repertoire, work on vocal and visual craft and enjoy the immense pleasure of blending our voices to become one awesome wall of sound.

It is also a time when we build relationships and have fun together.

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