Portobello Road

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Brian 

Started singing barbershop in 1982 with a chorus in South London but it wasn’t long before he was in quartet. 

His quartet involvement and Gold medal tally is mightily impressive and forms a large part of British barbershop history over the past 30 years:- Quartz Precision (Gold 1989), Hooked on Harmony(Gold 1996), Light Industrial Choral Society (Gold 2002), The Works (Gold 2005) and IQ (Gold 2012). Apparently he also placed in a 10 furlong novice handicap at Kempton Park in 1986. 

Between winning Gold medals, Brian supports  his wonderful wife Gaynor, also a highly successful quartet singer, with her two Choruses Viva A Cappella in Kent and Steller A Cappella  near their home in Suffolk. 


Stuart 

Has been singing Barbershop since 1991 - he is married to the lovely Helen who also sings barbershop with the  International finalist ladies quartet Finesse.

In 1993, Nickelodeon quartet, in the guise of the Disneyland Paris’ Mainstreet Quartet’, had Stuart singing at the Magic  Kingdom  for nine months – a fantastic experience. 

A quartet called Prime Time was formed by Stu in 2000 - after two bronze medals, the quartet won Gold in 2004. He then repeated this achievement in 2009 with Evolution, who went on to compete on the international stage twice (2010 & 2011). Now in 2017, Stuart has achieved another Gold with Portobello Road!

He is also the assistant Director and Coach of The Royal Harmonics.

Not only is Stuart the greatest of bass singers (well… the best in the quartet anyway) but also he brings the amazing  ability to quote, verbatim, the entire script to the original Star Wars film ‘A New Hope’ - talent indeed


Ian 

Started way back in 1982, and has sung tenor in five medal winning quartets including Gold with Cambridge Blues in 1997 and Gold again in 2011 with Crossfire.

There is a strong ‘am-dram’ influence in Ian’s presentation skills and he regularly coaches choruses and quartets around the country.

Chorus Iceni is a ladies chorus in Colchester where Ian is joint director along with his lovely wife Nickie who is also a coach,  quartet singer and the current Category Director of Presentation Judges within the Ladies Association of British  Barbershop Singers (LABBS). 

Ian has no formal musical training but as he says - “I’ve listened to the Michael Crawford album ‘A Touch of Music in the night’ nearly six times… nearly all the way through!” so who needs music?


Steve

Our very own ‘newbie’ of the group, started singing barbershop in 2003 (so not that new really) having, in his words, “never sung a note” – We all think it was a clever way for his wonderful wife, Paulette, to get a bit of peace and quiet once or twice a week

He has achieved Bronze medals with Vox in 2011 and with Fish ‘n’ Chaps in 2012. 

We are very pleased to say that this year (2017) Steve achieved his dream by winning Gold with Portobello Road!