Competitors will be in fine voice

Lace City Chorus
Lace City Chorus

Spectacular performances of barbershop singing will be heard in Nottingham this weekend as all-women choruses and quartets from across the UK and Netherlands compete to go to the World Championships in the USA.

Up to 1,500 women will be taking part in the Sweet Adelines International Region 31 Convention at the Royal Concert Hall on Friday, May 9, and Saturday, May 10.

This international event comes to Nottingham for the first time and will include 21 choruses and 19 quartets, all hoping to impress the panel of international judges. One chorus and one quartet will win the opportunity to represent the UK and Netherlands in Las Vegas at the World Championships in 2015.

Sweet Adelines International is one of the largest singing organisations in the world with a membership of approximately 24,000 women who belong to more than 500 choruses and 1,200 quartets. It is made up of 35 Regions – mostly in USA and Canada – but also in Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

The Lace City Chorus, based in Nottingham and has around 90 members, has won the Region 31 contest four times and has represented the UK and Netherlands at World Championships in Detroit, Calgary, Nashville and Houston.

This year, they will be trying to make this hometown contest their fifth win. Two members of the Lace City Chorus are part of a quartet called Fortuity, who won the contest last year

Audiences coming to see the contest will be encouraged to watch acts performing throughout Friday (from 3.30pm) and Saturday (from 11am), and in one category some will be able to vote for their favourite chorus. The judges will announce their final results at the end of each day.

The winning quartet will represent the UK and Netherlands at the World Championships in 2014 in Baltimore.

The winning chorus will represent the UK and Netherlands at the World Championships in 2015 in Las Vegas.

For ticket details, call the box office on 0115 9895555.