Octangle sing A Cappella:
A cappella arrived in England from Italy sometime around the late-18th century. In Italian, a cappella means “in chapel or choir style.” Today A cappella music refers to vocal music performed without instrumental accompaniment. A cappella groups often sing in a horseshoe formation, but unlike a typical choir, the musical conductor of an a cappella group does not stand in front of the centre of the group with his back to the audience, but instead conducts while standing and singing in the formation.
The styles of songs we perform vary widely, not just ‘church music’. Unlike some ‘Boy Bands’, Octangle don’t use microphones, don’t have a beatboxer, we don’t use auto-tune, and we conform to traditional harmonies.
The eight members of Octangle were previously four – Quadwrangle. For safety and sonority, it was decided to perform as an eight and the group has gone from strength to strength. Occasionally we are nine and so become Nonsense!
The members are:
Tenor: Paul Wright
The youngest member of the group but not the best looking! His own admission. Paul is a very versatile singer with a great range, able to help out other voices if needed.
Tenor: John Bachelor
John has been living in Normandy for sixteen years and returned to Louth in 2016. In France he sang in chamber choirs, both SATB a capella and Gregorian Chant. “I am very pleased to be able to sing in England with an a capella group.“
Tenor: John Newman
John has been singing all his life and can’t give up now!
Past involvements include church choirs, amateur operatics, Old Tyme Music Hall and choral societies “BUT this male voice choir is the best of all”.
Second Tenor: Graham Burrell
Graham joined Quadwrangle many years ago to help them out when one of them was ill. “The rest is history and I am still helping them out in the revamped version called Octangle. I have conducted the Louth Male Voice Choir for 30 years, and still enjoy the singing and friendship that the choir offer, along with various challenges to keep me young- I wish!
Other interests are in flying, but vertigo saw my pilot days take a nose dive, and I assist with the Cleethorpes coast railway. Music still occupies a lot of my life through teaching and being the village organist. Family life is very important, and our daughter gets married this year, so full time retirement is still on financial hold”.
Second Tenor: Roy Barber
Roy, the other second tenor, says he is 6′-1″ tall and getting shorter and 16 stone and getting heavier. An ex forward rugby player, which probably accounts for his love of singing, albeit no longer in the team bath and now the songs aren’t as naughty.”
First Bass: Gwyn Law
Gwyn calls this part baritone or first bass; part of the often unnoticed and unsung engine room of the group. Occasionally we have the tune, but often its just repeated notes providing the glue for the piece. Gwyn reached this point after being a choir boy treble, then a choral society tenor, and with advancing years eased finally into the ranks of the average male voice.
First Bass: Paul Firth
Paul is not the youngest member of the group but competes for the title of best looking one with Roy. When Paul is not working he is singing. Although he can be heard to sing when working.
Second Bass: John Hards
When he was asked to write about himself he said “short and sweet”. One of those is true. John has sung in large choral societies to unaccompanied groups and solo work. Most often in Octangle he will be the fall guy and announce.
Second Bass: Brian Wood
Brian trained as a very young boy with Trinity Church choir when there were two services every Sunday. He has sung in choirs at the Grammar school and university, and was a member of Louth Choral Society for over 35 years, where he was also part of an SATB octet, The Consort of Voices. A founder member of LMVC, he has experienced singing in a wide variety of styles.
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