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,  we don’t use auto-tune, and we conform to traditional harmonies.

Our repertoire is eclectic, ranging from the melodic to classic to just plain daft.

We are available to sing at your event/wedding etc.

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.

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: Charles Emberton
I’ve loved male choirs since I was introduced to them by friends in Newport Gwent, I’ve sung 2nd bass church hymns for 30 years but this is my first choir. One of my brothers, Edward was in LMVC probably 12 years ago. Another Andrew was in Leeds mvc.

First Bass: John Kennedy
A keen bird watcher who lives on the coast, he often listens to the ospreys on light evenings; he is a farmer with a herd of Lincoln Red cattle.

Second 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: 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.