Harmony InSpires November 2019

Although our normal rehearsals are on hold for the moment, we continue to practice our craft and develop our skills through a range of activities based in our own homes.

Singing along to our teach tracks we still feel part of the chorus
and we can perfect our performances as we wash our hands!

Harmony InSpires is a female a cappella (unaccompanied) chorus singing four-part harmony. Our repertoire ranges from traditional barbershop style to modern arrangements including beautiful ballads and fun, up-beat numbers.

We rehearse on Wednesday evenings in Appleton Village Hall, Appleton, near Oxford, OX13 5JSWe always welcome new members.  You’ll love our chorus if you enjoy singing as part of a group and enjoy entertaining others. Find out more.

We love to perform and we participate in concerts, competitions and private bookings throughout the year. See Book Us


This event has been CANCELLED, 
in accordance with government advice with respect to the 
COVID-19 outbreak 
Jo Sercombe: The Rolling Stones

Harmony InSpires Appoints New Musical Director

We have appointed Hari Birtles as our new Musical Director!
Hari Birtles

Hari took up her position in November after the chorus competed in the 2019 Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS) Convention at Llandudno. She has taken the chorus to success at the Oxford Music Festival where they were judged "Outstanding" in both classes entered.

Hari says 
“I am absolutely thrilled and honoured to accept the role of Musical Director of Harmony Inspires. Having known and worked with the chorus a few times over the years I cannot wait to get started as their MD.
I am passionate about music and harmony singing have directed and arranged music for numerous groups, therefore working with this enthusiastic, dedicated chorus, I know we’re going to have a great time together. 
I look forward to our journey together and am excited for what the future holds for us.”

Hari took over from Peter Cookson who directed Harmony InSpires from 2013-2019 and is now embarking on a Master's degree by research into blend in a cappella singing at York University. 

Over his time with Harmony InSpires, Peter has developed the musical repertoire which now includes songs by Queen, Billy Joel and Armando Manzanero Canché as well as numbers from shows such as All That Jazz and Cabaret and barbershop standards. Peter was Chair of BABS, the British Association of Barbershop Singers, until January 2019.

Mailing List
If you would like to receive occasional emails from us telling you about events like our Christmas market singouts, shows and future Jo Sercombe workshops, then please click to sign up to our mailing list.


Join us on a Wednesday evening at 
Appleton Village Hall.


We would really like to hear from you. 
Whether you can sing high, low or in-between, we are looking for singers who love to harmonise with the melody

   Harmony InSpires supports
healthy abingdon

Harmony InSpires Oxford Ladies Barbershop Club. Registered Charity Number 1157497