Buxton quartet singer takes on the world

Buxton's Emma Shanks, left, of Echo Quartet, in Hawaii at the barbershop quartet world championships. Photo contributed.
Buxton's Emma Shanks, left, of Echo Quartet, in Hawaii at the barbershop quartet world championships. Photo contributed.
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A Buxton singer hit the right note recently, when she took part in the barbershop quartet world championships in Hawaii.

Emma Shanks, lead singer of Echo Quartet, competed against groups from around the globe at the Sweet Adelines Internationals in Honolulu, after qualifying as a wild card in May.

Joined by tenor Karen Riley and baritone Beckie Puncher, of Hampshire, and bass Claire Heighway, of Mellor, the foursome, one of only three UK groups in the finals, finished an impressive 31st overall, out of more than 600.

Emma, 35, of Hogshaw Villas Road, said looking back the experience seemed surreal, saying: “It was pretty intense. We had six minutes in front of eight judges. It was mad. When we weren’t singing, we were sat in our infinity pool watching the turtles feeding in the sea!”

The research scientist, who started barbershop singing ten years ago after replying to an adv in The Advertiser, said it had been an “amazing” year for Echo.

The quartet, who formed three years ago, perform toe-tapping ‘20s show tunes as well as their finger snapping versions of You Make Me Feel My Love, The Climb and Sweet Caroline.

Echo Quartet perform at Rockapella, at the Plaza Theatre, Stockport, on February 2.