We are a friendly female singing group with a wide-ranging repertoire spanning over 200 years. We sing everything from barbershop through to 80s classics and beyond - all in four-part harmony, barbershop style.
We have travelled far and wide to appear on shows in the UK, Germany and Holland. Our love of music brings us together to create this unique style of harmonious singing and the friendly, fun atmosphere makes sure that anyone coming along enjoys being part of The Pitchpipers
Sadly, we cannot run physical rehearsals just now but we are still running online rehearsal on Tuesday evenings from 7.15 p.m. to around 9.15 p.m on Zoom. The rehearsals consist of some work on songs old and new but the only person who hears you sing is you, as apart from the person leading the song we are all muted. It's not perfect but it gives us the chance to keep our skills up to date as much as possible and it is good fun.
Once all the singing is finished, we take a short comfort break and come back for a quiz, a chat and a general catch up with the girls, with those that want to bringing in a glass of wine. Our chorus has done amazingly well keeping almost everyone with us at the rehearsal for the past traumatic year.
Our MD Karen started singing barbershop with her mother Marilyn in their front room when Marilyn formed The Pitchpipers in 1977. Karen started out as a tenor and has sung all four parts in chorus or in quartets through the years. She became an Arrangement judge for LABBS in 1987 (now called the Music Category) and she won her first medal for quartet singing with Jamboree! back in 1997. Karen has gone on to win more medals with JaZZmine, Road Trip and Nova. She also sings with medal winning Southern Acapella mixed chorus and is currently very involved with The Collective, being a member of the Music Team and running lots of Zoom rehearsals.
Karen says "Singing is joy, and I love it." It's true, singing is joy, and we thank Karen for helping The Pitchpipers keep the joy coming.
You can also catch up with us on our Facebook page!
Currently The Pitchpipers are not able to meet due to COVID-19 restrictions.
We will get back together as soon as possible.