Oberwesel A Harmony College setting that resembles a first class chivalric tournament
Just an hour's drive from Frankfurt/Main, nestled in the beautiful Rhine valley, the romantic village of Oberwesel was host to the biggest Harmony College in the history of BinG! Bigger and nobler than ever before, in the shadow of a veritable knight's castle, the participants conspired to deliver an outstanding performance.
Monika and Stephan Hammes and their team did an outstanding job. After many years of diligence, during which time they worked closely with the Bing! Board of Directors to make Harmony College one of the most successful Barbershop training events in the world, they have passed the responsibility on to a new team. They have earned a BinG! Gold Medal! German Barbershoppers and their guests express their heartfelt gratitude.
The newly renovated rooms of the youth hostel, two large rehearsal halls, numerous seminar rooms, a bar in the foyer - what more could we possibly ask for? Waiting in line for coffee and beer was a bit of a nuisance the staff weren't reckoning with such a huge thirsty onslaught so late in the evening, in spite of the repeated efforts of the preparation team to convince them of the contrary. Nevertheless, the afterglow still lasted until breakfast time...legendary. Then again, there was the view of the Rhine valley while eating breakfast HC housing was never so regal as from the Schönburg.
One of the most well-known participants, Rasmus Krigström, Lead in the 2012 champion quartet "Ringmasters," had just as much fun participating in the legendary 'Tag Battles' as the enthusiastic BinG! members, the representative of the neighboring association "Holland Harmony," Nelleke Dorrestijn, and the coaches that came from the USA, Great Britain, Canada, Sweden and Holland to once again be a part of BinG!-HC and to work with us. The flair of the "mixed-gender" organization, the musical diversity and the high standard of quality, all within a friendly atmosphere, seems to be unmatched. As is the mixed competition, the "Coesfeld Cup." The fourteen-member team of top-notch coaches and judges from the international Barbershop scene was comprised of six trainers from the USA (Rob Campbell, Rich Knight, Tim Waurick, Dusty Schleier, Chris Peterson, and Rod Sgrignoli), five Canadians (Sharon and Barry Towner, Patrick Brown, Jordan Travis, and Tom Metzger), Camilla Ljung and Jan Alexandersson from Sweden, and Stuart Sides from England. Everything from presentation, singing, music and even details on the 'Groupanizer' organization tool just about every aspect of Barbershop was taught and intensified.
The Coesfeld Cup has also undergone significant change. The fact that Viertakt won the first German championship in 1993 with a score in the 60s is a clear indication of the impressive journey that BinG! and its groups have undertaken in the last 20 years. The scores of the 21 participants ranged from 61.7% and 74.3%: First place went to Tonikum, followed by Mission Possible with 74.1%, and close behind, Twice as Nice with 73.3%.
The Chorditorium on Saturday and the final concert on Sunday surpassed everyone's expectations. There was a little of everything classical (Brahms), folksongs, jazz, plenty of Barbershop, the German National Anthem (arranged by David Wright), and even some Alpine yodeling much to the delight of our North American guests. The performance of the BinG! mixed chorus Heavy Medal, which further revealed their enormous potential, was particularly impressive.
In the Show of the Workshop Choruses, the Men's Chorus, under the direction of Dusty Schleier, delivered a powerful performance. What was then presented by the 130 women in the Women's Chorus, with Jordan Travis and Patrick Brown, was a magnificent sound and fireworks of motion. No wonder that Jordan was effectively smooched to the floor by his ladies he succumbed to his fate right on stage.
We are already looking forward to the next event in this imposing fortress of good singing, and once again we thank Monika and Stephan Hammes for their many years of diligent support and set our sights on the next 'musical chivalric tournament,' October 25, 2014, in the shadow of the Schönburg castle.
The second World Mixed competition March 2014 in Dortmund
Mixed barbershop opens exciting new opportunities and perspectives to barbershop as a modern, living style of music. It promotes barbershop and makes it even more interesting to singers of all age groups.
Hopplösa Fåglar from Sweden; the first European mixed champions
Since the first World Championship in 2012 some countries have meanwhile
held national competitions for mixed barbershop quartets, e.g. Holland,
the UK and Sweden. Those countries are asked to nominate their national
The registration form for nominees has to be sent in by November 1, 2013.
After that date those slots will be given to wild card applicants.
TeachTapes for German National Anthem
A few weeks ago we told you about the arrangement of the German National Anthem in the Barbershop Style by David Wright.
Today we are very happy to announce that Alexander Kulessa from Munich produced TeachTracks / LearningTapes for all three arrangements and gave them to BinG! for free. Many thanks to him!
Halftones (Photo: Hans Martens)
BinG! groups do well in European contest
German Barbershop quartet as new European male quartet champions
Veldhoven (NL), April 2013 - BinG! groups scored high at the European convention in
the Dutch city of Veldhoven, held March 7th 9th, 2013. Out of 53 European
barbershop choruses and quartets competing, our male quartet Halftones became
the European Male Quartet Champion and our mixed quartet Tonikum was awarded
with the bronze medal in the mixed championship. In their categories: Male quartets:
Take Four made it to the fourth place, Liedhaber came in seventh. Female quartets:
Mission Possible came in fifth, Chromagic eighth. Mixed quartets: Klangküsse
seventh, SomeSing tenth. Amongst the male choruses, Herrenbesuch ranked
fourth and for the female choruses, Ladies First came in on the ninth place.
Halftones - European Champions (Photo: Ursula Kölle)
"Koningshof" convention centre was packed as everybody watched the competitors, being judged by a panel of 14 international, certified judges. Overall, Holland Harmony was hosting 2.500 singers from Holland, Sweden, Germany, Spain, Great Britain, the United States and New Zealand.
The German barbershop organization BinG! (Barbershop in Germany) was
nine quartets and three choruses as well as three of BinG!s board members. Manfred Adams, President of BinG! : "We appreciate the perfect and smooth organization of this huge Pan-European contest. It represents the variety and strength of European Barbershop. German barbershoppers have greatly improved even since the last championships on this level, and all German groups
scored very high. We congratulate all participants and look forward to the next
contest of this kind!"
Nelleke Dorrestijn, President of the Dutch female organization Holland
conducting this contest , was happy with the high level of singing. The male chorus
contest champion, Zero 8 from Sweden, directed by Doug Harrington, scored 89,3 %
and set the level for the Europeans. Also the female chorus champion the White
￼￼Rosettes from Great Britain, were magnificent. We cant wait to be part of the next European convention!"
Barbershop at the World Choir Games in Riga, 2014
At the upcoming World Choir games, September 9-19, 2014 in Riga, there
will again be a seüarate category for Barbershop. Choirs as well as
quartets are welcoome to participate. After Westminster Chorus (BHS) and
White Rosettes (LABBS) becoming "Choir of the World" we can for
sure say that this event, visited by up to 400 international choruses
representing 64 countries in the past, is unique. INTERKULTUR offers
Concerts, championships, seminars and workshops to all participants. the
judging panel consists of 5-7 judges, in the past amongst others Joe
Cerutti and Rob Campbell, both well known to the German and European
scene, have been appointed and they both recommend this event. Rob
Campbell is already re-appointed to the games in 2014.
Judging criteria are intonation, interpretation practice, artistic impression and soudn quality.
Registration costs are 200 for early birds until September 15, 2013.
the Barbershop category is scheduled on September 16-18, 2014.
If you have any questions feel free to contact Henriette Brockmann.
Ticket sale open for the Barbershop Musikfestival 2014
You can now purchase your early bird tickets for the upcoming Barbershop
Musik Festival, our biyearly national convention including the
international world championship for mixed barbershop quartets, the
World Mixed. The sooner you book, the better your seats! Our special
Guests: Vocal Spectrum and The Buzz! Save the date! March 7-9, 2014 in
Dortmund. Please check the BinG! Ticket Shop.
[only available in German language]
New BinG! Logo
We are happy to announce, that our members have chosen a new logo for BinG! It goes along with key visuals for our most important events, the biyearly Barbershop Musik Festival, yearly Harmony College and the World Mixed Championship for barbershop quartets. We hope you like it as much as we do!
The German National Anthem arranged by David Wright
Just in time for the European Convention 2013
When abroad, German barbershopers are sometimes asked if they can sing the German national anthem. Well, now we can respond: Yes, we can!
David Wright - www.harmonize.ws/davidwright
During the BinG! Harmony College at the
Kolping-Familienferienstätte Regenbogenland in Olpe the annual
CoesfeldCup Contest for Barbershop Quartets took place at October 3rd,
See the results here:
International Convention 2012
BinG! Barbershop in Germany congrats to the new international
Lemon Squeezy from Sweden for wining the Collegiate Quartet Championship, our friend from the Ambassadors of Harmony for the Chorus Championship and well we'll see in a few moments while watching the webcast.
Results of Contests at the Barbershop Music Festival 2012 online
Also the results of WorldMixed - the International Mixed Barbershop Quartet Competition is online.
BinG! congrats Martini for winning the SAI Quartet Championship 2011
Martini Quartett are now crowned queens: they win the Quartet Championship 2011 of
Sweet Adelines International.
BinG! is very proud to have such a wonderful quartet as special guests at the Barbershop Music Festival 2012 in Dortmund - get your tickets at the BinG! Ticket Shop.
Picture gallery of Barbershop Music Festival 2010 online
We are happy to present pictures of the Barbershop Music Festival 2010 to you. See the beautiful moments our photographer took by his camera:
Advance Order of BMF 2010 DVD's
From now on we take your pre-orders for the video recordings of our Barbershop Music Festival 2010. You can book them bindingly by using the attached form.
European Barbershop: visit friends at the Irish convention
Limerick is the host city for The Irish Association of Barbershop Singers Convention 2010. For this Convention, the venue will be University Concert Hall on October 1rst and 2nd 2010.
For the first time: Harmony College in Olpe
Our annual Harmony College, a workshop organized by BinG! especially for
barbershoppers and would-be barbershoppers, lasts four days and used to
take place in Autumn every year in Coesfeld. Due to the rising request
for capacities it will be conducted at the Family Recreation Center "REBOLA" in Olpe from October
1st until October 4th 2009.
It is the contest venue of the "Coesfeld Cup", our annual quartet contest where quartets can qualify for the Barbershop Music Festival.
From now on you'll find the contest scores unter the BinG! menue.
Opening! New BinG! - Office in Dortmund
The first official BinG!-Office in Dortmund is now our single point of contact for all members of BinG!
The new address:
Barbershop in Germany e. V.