Madrid Rocks!


Following on from the success of the first SABS ‘Sing Harmony in a Day’ course in Mazarrón, two further courses were held last weekend in Madrid to help augment SABS member choruses, The Barbees and Barberidad.

On Saturday, over 50 ladies arrived to take part. SABS President, Gail Grainger, started with breathing exercises and some fun vocal and physical warm-ups, which soon broke the ice. Viva Quartet was on hand for the break-out sessions to help the ladies learn their parts in the song that they would eventually perform to family and friends.

On Sunday, more than 30 men took part, gaining knowledge about the best stance, breathing and vocal techniques to produce a good barbershop sound, performing their song ‘Under the Boardwalk’ to visitors at the end of the session.

Both choruses have gained between 12 and 15 new members and everyone is excited about the future. Our thanks must go to Kara Hickman Martin and Ricardo Leal for their excellent organisation of the event and to Gail and Viva for their energy and help during the weekend.

The highlight of the weekend was a wonderful afterglow at a Belgian bar, close to the Plaza Mayor. «The whole weekend has been a memorable one for us» said SABS Vice President and Viva Bass, Lyn Baines. «We were made to feel so welcome by everyone and we’d like to give a special thanks to our hosts, Virginia and Angel, who opened up their home to us and made us feel like family.»

The next SABS ‘Sing Harmony in a Day’ courses are scheduled as follows:

Saturday, 23 November 2013 – Los Alcázares, Murcia
Saturday, 30 November 2013 – Sao Bras, Algarve, Portugal
Saturday, 22 February 2014 – Costa del Sol
Sunday, 23 February 2014 – Costa del Sol

If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, please contact

Sing Harmony in a Day


Sing Harmony in a Day

European School of Economics, Madrid

Saturday, 28 September

09:30- 14:00

Ladies – ever wanted to sing but not known where to start? Did you sing at school and have now lost confidence? Or do you want a change from Karaoke but are not sure how to go about it? Well, help is at hand, because The Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers (SABS) is offering a LEARN TO SING HARMONY IN A DAY course on Saturday, 28 September 2013 at the European School of Economics, ESE Madrid, Calle Velázquez 57, 28001 Madrid.

You will benefit from the invaluable experience of Musical Director and SABS President, Gail Grainger, backed up by members of silver medal barbershop chorus, The Barbees, and a cappella harmony quartet, Viva. You will learn various techniques during the day which will help you to improve your singing. «This is a great opportunity for anyone who wants to improve the quality of their singing voice and to learn about singing four part harmony», comments Gail. «Those with lower voices are particularly welcome as, in our experience, they have often been told in the past that they can’t sing, which is usually far from the truth.»

«Throughout the day we will learn a new song together and in the evening we will perform live in front of friends and family. This method of learning has proved to be very popular in the UK and we are expecting an enthusiastic response.» There are only 50 places available, so make sure that you contact SABS soon to secure your place €“ email now.