Meet the Treblemakers (2)

Who are the Treblemakers, where are you, how many of you are there and what do you sing?

We are a women's a cappella group based in London. Our recipes include generous handfuls of popular song with a reasonable pinch of folk, several cups of holiday songs and Christmas carols for our winter spread and a light sprinkling of Mozart, Elgar and Bach at all times of year.

There are 11 of us currently. (We'll try and ease off on the culinary theme now!)

Who founded you and why?

Back in the late '80s, a group of musically inclined women got together in London to exchange some of the arrangements they had sung with their US university a cappella groups. The Treblemakers were born! By now our group has developed a flavourful transatlantic mix.

What's been the most memorable gig/concert/event that you've sung?

Over close to 25 years we have had many memorable ones.....but a couple of recent unforgettable ones include:

  • a 'tasty' gig for Capital Radio (we were asked to arrange our version of Maroon 5's 'Wake Up Call', which we recorded at the Capital Radio Studios and which was aired as part of a phone-in competition)
  • a 'feast' of Christmas songs performed every year for charity under the Christmas tree in Trafalgar Square - the climax of our Christmas Season over the past few years. Although 2011 saw us hustled off the stage by the police, not for criminally bad singing, but because the rabble of student protesters from Parliament Square were headed our way. In fact, the tree was torched shortly after we left. Undaunted, and with another gig scheduled, we continued singing on the Tube, to the delight and confusion of fellow travellers, arriving at St. Marylebone Church in time to perform for a benefit service of carols. The evening finished with a hilarious and late gathering where we had a chance to replay that memorable night's whole wacky sequence of events.

What is your favourite arrangement to perform?

We have a large back catalogue of arrangements with a year-round repertoire ranging from Mozart (Marriage of Figaro Overture) through Barbershop and show tunes (Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend, Lullaby of Broadway) to The Beatles, Queen and Elton John. In addition, we have a wide and varied Christmas repertoire.

Each year one of our greatest challenges is agreeing on which selection will form the meat of that season's repertoire and then which new songs we will arrange and add to the stew.

Do you have a club "ethos" or "philosophy"?

We love singing together and we love the rich friendship that this has engendered. We are more than colleagues – we are very good friends and this helps our sound enormously. We know each other well and can read one another, which of course leads to a better musical result.

What are your plans for the future?

To continue to sing, to work at improving our sound and our performance technique, and to continue to please both our regular supporters and open up new venues for performing and raising money for charity. And above all, to have fun with it!!

Any thoughts on the wider world of a cappella / other a cappella groups who have inspired you?

The Vocal Line Workshop was highly nutritious – and inspired us to cook up our own arrangement of Viva la Vida. We also enjoy the smorgasbord of groups introduced by Sing A Cappella events and are thrilled that a cappella is finally catching on in the UK.

Are you looking for new members? If so when do you rehearse and where?

We are always open to encountering that special new ingredient! We rehearse Tuesday mornings in central or south west London.

 


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