About VIPs

The VIPs are a male A cappella chorus, singing predominently in the barbershop barbershop style.
We are a small chorus with a big sound, who's numbers seem to fluctuate around 20 members, 
New members are very welcome.

We rehearse at Norton Village Hall, in Norton, Suffolk,... Just outside Bury St Edmunds.  We usually have a 2 hour rehearsal in which we learn new songs, work on old songs, and learn techniques that help in our singing.  Having said that we quite often overrun, but when you enjoy something, thats not too bad, and in any case, if you have to go, you can go (We don't lock the doors).
Barnershop singing is unique in that there are no musical accomaniments, all the music that you hear is produced by the 4 voice parts in the chorus; Basses produce the low notes, Leads provide the melody (mostly), tenors provide the high notes, and Baritones fill in the gaps in the notes to produce a full rich sound so often associated with barbershop singing.  If you haven't heared barbershop before, come along, youre in for a treat.
We have members from as far as Clacton, and Ely, as well as closer ones from Ipswich, Felixstowe, Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket, and surrounding villages.  We are a fun bunch and always have a bit of fun while doing the serious stuff of learning songs.
Our repertoire has songs from late 1800's to the 1970's, and we are looking into bring in some newer songs.
All songs are sung "off the sheet" meaning that we don't have music in front of us when we perform, so the learning is of the words aswell as the notes!
Once a year we attend annual convention, which is held on aternate years between Harrogate and Bournemouth, they are always great fun, and most of us make a weekend of it.

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