History

GEM Connection Barbershop Chorus (GEM stands for Great East Midlands) was founded in May 1998 by 23 enthusiastic female singers. Since then the chorus has increased and now has over 60 members.

The chorus performs at a variety of events in the East Midlands, where we are based. We support both local and regional Music Festivals and community events and have also taken our music to Wales, Germany, Holland, Buffalo in New York state, and Tuscany, performing on shows and in competitions with other singing groups and musicians.

Our repertoire is varied ranging from traditional Barbershop standards to songs from West End shows and popular music from recent decades. We are a keen and confident team of singers of all ages and from all walks of life, coming together to make the unique sound that is GEM’s barbershop harmony.


We continue to work ever harder to improve the standard of our performance. This is achieved by enjoyable weekly rehearsals led by an energetic chorus director and Music Team, regular expert coaching sessions, and a will to improve by working hard both individually and as a team.

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