Tuneful Leeds farewell to Movember moustaches

Marcus Collumb of the Spirit of Harmony Barbershop Chorus
Marcus Collumb of the Spirit of Harmony Barbershop Chorus
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A barbershop chorus returned to their roots – by singing in harmony as they had their Movember moustaches shaved off.

The Spirit of Harmony Barbershop Chorus visited the Traditional Shaving Company in Leeds city centre to say farewell to their month-old facial fuzz.

Members of the 56-strong group participated in the global fundraising and awareness campaign for men’s physical and mental health.

They sang as they had their taches taken off at the barbers in the Grand Arcade, after raising £1,000 for the Movember cause.

Chorus chairman Tim Braham said: “We thought it an excellent fund-raising opportunity for our chorus members to take part in.

“We’ve been growing moustaches for a month now, and have seen some spectacular, as well as disappointing results.

“We thought it would be a great idea to have our moustaches removed in an environment where barbershop singing first began. And in true barbershop tradition, our chorus sang some traditional four part harmonies as they are parted from their moustaches at the Traditional Shaving Company.

“It was a sight and a sound quite unique in Leeds on a Sunday afternoon.”

Barbershop singing started in US barbershops in 19th century, with men harmonising while waiting to get their hair cut.

The British Association of Barbershop Singers now have over 50 choruses in their membership and nationally, the association is hoping to raise £40,000 for the Movember campaign.

The Spirit of Harmony rehearse on Thursday nights at the Riley Smith Hall in Tadcaster, attracting men from throughout the region and further afield.

Toby Rye.

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