The weekend of March 14-17, 2013 the European Championships was held in Veldhoven, the Netherlands, a contest held every four years and attracting thousands of European singers.
The best groups from the European barbershop organizations had qualified beforehand to compete in their strive to win the European titles.
SNOBS was very well represented, even without some of the top groups there. The three different competitions were the chorus contest, the quartet contest and the mixed quartet contest.
The chorus ‘Zero8’, who won a bronze medal at the International competition in 2012, won the chorus contest gold medals with amazing scores (89,3). (See photo). But that wasn´t enough… ‘the EntertainMen’ won the silver medals (80,7) and the small chorus ‘Helsingborg Barberboys’ surprised everyone by winning the bronze medals (75,2). We also had a fourth chorus in the contest, ’Dacke Drängar’, who finished 10th. A big, big congratulation to all our chorus representatives for amazing performances!
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zero8 at EC 2013. Photo: Hans Martens, beeldmaker.nl

In the quartet contest SNOBS sent only one quartet (due to various reasons), ‘Q-tones’ from Helsingborg. They finished 3rd , winning their first European medals. (See photo). A big shout out to Steven, Kenneth, Johannes and Henrik for keeping SNOBS in the top of the ranks.

qtones_euro2013Qtones at EC 2013. Photo: Hans Martens, beeldmaker.nl

Last but not least SNOBS sent three groups to the mixed quartet contest, which was a new category this year. Our young representatives ‘Hopplösa Fåglar’ (see photo) won the gold medals just ahead of ‘PHK’, getting the silver, another seasoned SNOBS quartet. Finishing at an honourable 6th place was ‘ALERT’, our third group. Talk about great successes!

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Hopplösa Fåglar at EC 2013. Photo: Hans Martens, beeldmaker.nl

Summarizing a great weekend, we are proud to noise about the fact that six out of nine medals went to SNOBS.

We are now looking forward to the possibility to arrange the next European Convention in 2017, together with Sweet Adelines Region 32. Stay tuned for more news on that!