Sheffield acapella group hits right note at contest

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An all-female Sheffield acapella group has won a bronze medal in a national singing competition.

Singers from Sheffield Harmony scooped the third place prize in a heat at the Quartet of Nations Sweet Adelines International (Region 31) contest.

The competition was held at The Sage, Gateshead earlier this month and the group won a prize in the AA midsize chorus category of the contest for their performance.

The 60-strong group, based in Woodseats, debuted their new costumes at the heat, which were comprised of turquoise lycra tunics with sequinned sleeves and black velvet trousers.

Jude Loxley, who sings lead with Sheffield Harmony said: “We had many compliments from people about our costumes as well as our performance.

“It’s so important that we look good as a small proportion of our overall marks in our annual Sweet Adelines competition are given over to this.

“The overall effect on competition day was good and we achieved good comments from the judges. ”

It took the group’s dress committee more than a year of planning to produce the costumes, which were designed and made by Woodseats dance wear business, Arabesque.

Arabesque owner, Carly Genn, made a series of five visits to Sheffield Harmony rehearsals from measurement and fitting to delivery stage of the outfits.

She said: “The hardest thing was being able to find a good quality sequin fabric to match the base colour of the tops.

“We had a team of four working on the costumes over a period of three to four months. It was funny that all four us would find that the sequins would ping off as we were working with them.”