In July 2017 they cracked the World top 20 coming in 19th – a first for the UK!
We got our highest score in America but still not quite enough to fulfil our dream of making the top 20. We think that the Swedish should take a year out.
It’s always a spectacle to be in the States for Independence Day, and Nashville certainly didn’t let us down. While the locals put on the most amazing firework display for us we enjoyed reminding them that if it wasn’t for us, then they wouldn’t have had the day off.
On the run up to competition day, we worked so hard to stay focussed with our coaches Cindy Hansen-Ellis and Sandy Marron. So much so, that not even when our rooms were flooded by the fire sprinklers in the room above being set off – for the second time in two days – did we take our eye off the ball. Unfortunately, the red suits didn’t get damaged.
The competition kicked off on the Tuesday with the youth quartet championships in the stunning setting of the schermerhorn symphony center. We were there to cheer on our boys, Tagline and Trailblazers. Both sang a ohmygodjawdropingly good set sending the crowd wild. They both did BABS and the UK proud – oh to be 21 again!
We we’re up next, prepared more than ever. On stage we performed the best that we could have done and the crowd loved it. It was an amazing stage to sing on and we thought we might have just done enough. And so, to the top twenty call off; had we finally achieved the dream we’ve worked so hard towards?
As more and more quartets were called out we realised that the chances were getting slimmer. you know many of the quartets who will make the next round, but there are a precious few spots up for grabs.
With each quartet name read out, pockets of the crowd went crazy, just like we would have done if our name was called, but with each cheer, we knew that it was one less spot for the likes of us.
Deflation soon turned to laughter when we heard our name called out to be the mic testers for the semi finals, just like last year. Laughter then turned to frustration when we realised that our ranking meant we STILL couldn’t go for a beer!
Mic testing the semis is such an honour; it’s amazing how different the experience is compared to competition. No pressure, just all the pleasure to sing on that stage. One day, we will have BABS quartets in the top twenty mixing it with the big boys – we think of little else. Hopefully Las Vegas 2017 will be our finest hour!Read More
Wow! What a weekend! We had a fantastic time in Harrogate and we are please to say that we achieved a score of 82.6%, our best ever. Hopefully this will result in us receiving an invitation to compete at the 2017 International to be held in Las Vegas in July 2017.
The National contest was the best yet with Finest Hour taking the gold, Portobello Road, silver and The Locksmiths, the bronze. The chorus contest was won by Bolton’s Cottontown chorus with silver and bronze going to Grand Central chorus and Hallmark of Harmony respectively.
Our hearty congratulations to all the medal winners and indeed to everyone who took part in the contests.
Congratulations to AndyFun’s wife Monica, who, together with Julie, Gill and Sarah, won the quartet gold at the recent Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS) Convention, with their quartet “PZAZZ” Find them on Facebook here
Well done girls, great performance!
The girls are pictured here with the current men’s quartet champions, TaglineRead More
The 2015 quartet coaching days were a resounding success, so we’re doing it again!
The 2016 quartet coaching days, run by RECKLESS under the banner of the BABS Inspire Quartet Development Programme have been announced. We are limited to a maximum of 8 quartets at each venue, so book early to avoid disappointment.
If you have any questions about these coaching days, please get in touch through our “contact us” page or via FaceBookRead More
RECKLESS will be appearing on “Give Me A Song!”, a show hosted by The Downsmen chorus on Saturday 21st November at 7:30pm at The Leatherhead Theatre in Surrey. We’d love to see you there for what promises to be a great show. Then there’s the afterglow which is like a second (free) show with the addition of beer and wine!
Update: What a fantastic show and a near sell out audience! We’d like to congratulate The Downsmen Chorus for their hard work in organising this event which ran like clockwork, and of course for inviting us to be part of it.Read More
This coming Saturday, 7th Nov (weather permitting) we will performing on the streets of Chester for the shoppers and tourists. Keep an eye on our Facebook page here to find out exactly where and when.
We look forward to seeing you there!
Update: A first for us, but we all enjoyed it apart from the odd shower that interrupted proceedings!Read More
Thank you for all your support…