Barbershop singers win Spanish gold


A GROUP of singers from Pilar de Horadada gave a Gold medal winning performance at a recent Barbershop Singing competition on the Costa del Sol.

The Pilarmonics were up against groups from all over Spain, but finished first in the Chorus category at the Spanish Association of Babershop Singers annual convention in Benalmadena.

The fourteen girls making up the Pilarmonics were considered to be the ‘New Kids On The Block’ and faced other choruses from throughout the country.

On the day of the competition, after an early pep talk, they were in full stage outfits and make up ready for their performance by 09.00h and when their time came they gave it everything they to the judges and audience.

The many rigourous months of rehearsals and practice had certainly paid off, when the group, led by Musical Director, Dawn Ritch, were awarded Gold medal.

In addition, they were also awarded trophies for achieving the Highest scores from judges in both the Music and Singing categories. Unable to contain her excitement, Dawn, from Cabo Roig, said: “This is beyond our wildest dreams. We are a brand new chorus and this was our very first competition so we had no idea what kind of scores we would be able to achieve. We all worked very hard in preparation for the competition and are thrilled to be the new National Champions.”

Pilarmonics founder, Phil Molloy who lives in Pilar de la Horadada, said “We are a great team with a terrific musical director and I am so very proud of all of our ladies who worked in harmony and friendship and together achieved the joint highest score awarded to date in the Spanish National Contest. My aim was for Pilarmonics to compete at SABS Convention and I’m absolutely delighted to have won gold in our very first contest.”

Pilarmonics was only born as a group in January 2016 and they rehearse every Wednesday evening at the Pilar Christian Community Church on Calle Canalejas in Pilar de la Horadada.
Anyone wishing to see the Champion Chorus of Spain in action and find out what barbershop is all about then please feel free to pop in to one the rehearsals

The sessions begin around 18.45h and run through to around 21.15h when the girls normally visit a local hostelry for a well-deserved drink to lubricate their vocal chords.

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