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What a rollercoaster of a year HotTUBBS have had! Almost all our members this year were new, which gave Ali and me a fresh and exciting new sound to work with. And what a sound! This year, our two biggest events were our two competitions. The Manchester Amateur Choral Competition took place at the Royal Northern College of Music on Sunday 24th February. HotTUBBS narrowly missed out on a top 2 place, with incredibly complimentary comments from the judges, including: “Spiderman, your final song, was the piece that I enjoyed the most of everything we heard during the whole day; I wrote words like ‘atmospheric’ and ‘magic’” and “Overall then, you’re a lovely enthusiastic, open-voiced group, and you showed us a lot of natural musicality.” Even between MACC in February and the Mid-Somerset Festival on March 23rd, HotTUBBS managed to up their game, and with some serious hard work from all the members we won both the classes we entered (Mixed Voice Choir and Popular/Show Song), collecting some beautiful silverware (currently displayed on my mantelpiece!), and being recognised as being the most promising group of singers in all the competitive classes with the Thomas Hope Choral Award. The cash prize is currently being saved, with vague talks of spending it on coaching or new music. We also filled the year with TUBBS concerts, another gig at the Varsity UWE vs Bristol boat race, several members going on tour to Europe and lots of impromptu pub singing.

It is with a hint of sadness I say goodbye to directing our crack squad of auditioned singers, and I’d like to particularly thank Ali, our director, and Marged and Lucy, our Ensembles/HotTUBBS managers, for an exciting and jam-packed year. Good luck to Boo and Meg, who take over for the next academic year!

Helen