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Sweet Harmony singing group

It might have started as a Barbershop Quartet, but the Sweet Harmony singing group now boasts 25 members.

After attending a ladies Barbershop chorus, Ian Silcock was inspired to start one up in the Falkirk area and the first meeting he called attracted six men who wanted to form a chorus.

The Barbershop style originated in the USA and is the art of four-part close harmony unaccompanied singing where the parts are bass (low harmonising notes), tenor (high notes), lead (melody) and baritone (all the other notes).

Sweet Harmony is named after the McCowan’s sweet factory opposite the Larbert East Parish Church where the group rehearse.

Mr Silcock, who is the conductor, said: “There’s no age limit and presently the youngest is in his twenties right through to me at 76. The audition is passed as soon as you make the call to me.

“The fact that you are breathing is sufficient proof that there’s life and possibly a tune. The only other attribute you must have is an ability to laugh and smile.”

The group has learned six songs so far including ‘Unchained Melody’ and ‘When I’m 64’.

WHO: Sweet Harmony singing group

WHERE: Larbert East Parish Church hall

WHEN: Every second Tuesday, 7.30 p.m.

CONTACT: Ian Silcock, 01324 832188

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