Default lineup: 5 members
Acappella Barbershop Quintet.
Wax Lyricals was formed in 2012 by 3 former members of Bournville Barbershop and 2 singers from Birmingham City Choir. The group specialises in the classic barbershop repertoire and can bring a touch of real old-school charm to any event! The songs are varied and full of rich close-harmony singing; from up-beat toe tappers to heart-warming ballads and songs of love.
The boys can perform acoustically for a more intimate performance or can provide amplification for larger venues. It is also often possible to specially rearrange your favourite song to be performed in the barbershop style, adding a unique touch to your event. Whatever the event, Wax Lyricals guarantee to bring a smile and that feel-good factor to your special occasion!
In addition to the barbershop songs, Joe and John are both talented and experienced event pianists and can provide great value jazz and classical piano.
Joe’s choral training began as a chorister at Birmingham Cathedral, where he then went on to sing with various choirs and organisations. Joe was also assistant director at Bournville Young Singers from 1998 to 2008, with whom he toured many European capital cities and performed in venues such as Notre Dame and Brussels Cathedral. He has been Musical Director at The Number 8 Theatre Pershore and was nominated Best Musical at the 2010 NODA awards with West Side Story and followed this up with a win in 2012 with The Secret Garden. He is currently working with Redditch Operatic on Jesus Christ Superstar after receiving another NODA nomination for Whistle Down The Wind in 2013.
Toby has been singing in choirs up and down the country for over twenty years, including singing solos and in small groups at Salisbury, Liverpool, Norwich and Gloucester cathedrals, amongst others. With a background in choral music, Toby enjoys branching out into jazz and barbershop, and Wax Lyricals is the perfect balance between music-making and having fun. “Bring on the boaters"
John has been a member of the city of Birmingham Choir for 15 years. In the last few years he has been receiving vocal coaching that has helped attain Grade 8 level. He accompanies and coaches a Male Voice Choir and also conducts his own choir called 'Enchant'. 'Enchant are a mixed voice choir who have been singing together for 7 years. Last year they recorded their debut album which had many of John’s own compositions and arrangements on.
Nick spent ten years with the Bournville Young Singers with whom he performed in Notre Dame Cathedral and sang solo at Symphony Hall Birmingham. He complemented this with an extensive musical career at school and college; playing and singing in diverse ensembles and performing with the Birmingham schools guitar ensemble. In his leisure time, he played in numerous bands for which he performed guitar, vocals and even drums. University at Scarborough provided him with a degree in Creative Music Technology.
Steve has performed in many choirs and is also an experienced theatre and musical theatre performer. He was an assistant at Bournville Young singers for many years and was a member of the barbershop group which was runner up in the prestigious Perterborough Choral Competition in 2004. Since then he has taught drama and is also a talented drummer and guitarist. Steve founded the Bournville Graduates choir in 2008, for whom he has written and arranged many works for performance in venues such as Birmingham’s Elgar Concert Hall.