40th anniversary celebrations

When the Mountains joined the Mersey

Mersey Harmony were joined by Mountain Harmony and two Club at Large (CAL) members, at ESLA to receive the “Beacon of Harmony” scroll. The scroll, a symbol of the harmony that their music emulates has been signed by all the groups that have received it. It has travelled around the country, from chorus to chorus before it ends up in Harrogate later this year for the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS) convention competition.

Mersey Harmony will be handing over the scroll to neighbouring group Soundwaves in Blackpool on Friday 9th September as it continues its national journey.

Around 70 old and new friends mingled over supper, singing together and for each other, led by their musical directors Helen Griffiths and Nova Evans.

Helen and Nova
Musical Directors, Helen and Nova

Maureen Rushton chair of Mersey Harmony, who hosted the night at their regular rehearsal venue, added: “We were so glad to be able to host this wonderful celebration of women’s harmony singing; what a fabulous evening. It was a great privilege and pleasure to receive the beacon scroll from Club at Large, who received it from Mountain Harmony, and we look forward to passing it on to Soundwaves.”

Maureen receives the Beacon scroll from CAL

Rhiannon Owens from Mountain Harmony, Margaret de Wolf from CAL and Enid Vaux from Mersey Harmony were all present on the evening. All three are founder members of Liverpool Ladies Barbershop singers (now Mersey Harmony) and  Rhiannon  and Margaret are also founder members of LABBS.


Rhiannon drew the evening to a close, by expressing her pleasure at seeing and hearing so many chorus members enjoying music together in this special year of ladies barbershop. She reminded the ladies that on this day 39 years ago, Liverpool Ladies (now Mersey Harmony) won their first ever gold medal at LABBS convention.

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