Stage is Set for Quartet Finals
It was a memorable night in the Spectrum Center as the world's top 20 quartets battled it out for a coveted spot in the finals. Here are some of the highlights:
The crowds roared last night in the Spectrum Center for a tightly contested parade of young talents in the Next Generation Varsity Quartets. So tightly contested in fact, the top two quartets finished with the same score, with the winner going to the quartet with the higher score in the Singing Category. The newly minted champions are Clementones out of Denmark, with Jefferson Plaid Tie taking silver. The winning score was 1430 points/79.4%. The Clementones edged out Jefferson Plaid Tie by 10 points in the Singing Category.
We don't know their scores yet, but we now know who has a shot at the finals. At the conclusion of today's 3rd Quartet Quarterfinals, BHS announced the draw for the top 20. They will perform in the follow order on Thursday, June 7th at 5 pm in the Quartet Semifinal:
The contests at BHS International in Charlotte are officially underway and audiences were treated to the first two of three quartet sessions. One thing is for sure - the medals are truly up for grabs and it is going to be quite a journey for the performers AND the fans this week.
We hope you’ve caught up on your sleep, because it’s almost time for Charlotte! Sure, the competitors are going to be incredible, but the party doesn’t end when the lights on the contest stage go down. The Barbershop Harmony Society has set up FOUR incredible evening shows to go with your night cap.
The International Stage has remained quiet since 2019. But, little by little, signs of life appeared. Rehearsals moved from Zoom to outside. Vaccines and boosters. Outside to inside. Mask mandates dropping. Shows returning. Local conventions. District contests. But now – NOW – Barbershop is back as the curtain is about to rise at the BHS International Convention in Charlotte, NC.
Rod Butcher, Brian Schofield, Pete Nugent; and Andy Funnell made history at the 2022 Midwinter Convention Pasadena as One Foot in the Stave took home gold in the International Seniors Quartet Contest. One Foot in the Stave was in California as representatives of the British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS), making them the first senior quartet champions from outside of North America.
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