We are named after the McCowan’s sweet factory, which once stood opposite the Larbert East Parish Church, where the group rehearse. There’s no age limit and presently ages range from mid-forties to eighty four.
This photograph shows members of Sweet Harmony in front of two cast iron statues of highland cows, situated in the shopping precinct at Stenhousemuir, Falkirk. The Highland Cow sculpture (paid for with money Falkirk Council received from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Fund with support from ASDA and McDonald Estates) was chosen as the finishing touch for the town square after local people voted for it in a public art consultation held at Larbert Library. It reflects the town’s industrial, social and cultural heritage. Stenhousemuir was once the focus of all the cattle drove roads of Scotland. The Highland Cow was the trademark of McCowans Toffee.
How did we begin?
While attending a local ladies Barbershop chorus in 2012, two members of the audience commented that they would ‘love to have a go’ at that type of singing, and on being informed that another person in the audience, Ian Silcock, used to ‘run a chorus’ in the Kintyre area, invited him to become involved. A meeting was convened and it was agreed that the Barbershop chorus should be born. An insert was placed within the ‘Larbert and Stenhousemuir’ section of the Falkirk Herald inviting new members. This was closely followed by a feature and group photo, again within the Falkirk Herald, and very quickly the membership grew to 25. Our first performance was for the Larbert East Church Ladies, who had been let down by a speaker and invited us to sing for them. What started fairly nervously, progressed to a very successful debut. Since that night the chorus, through regular practice, dedication, and the enjoyment experienced from performing, has rapidly advanced and now offers a performance of pleasant Barbershop chorus singing, accompanied with laughter and some individual performances.
Aims and Objectives:
To promote interest and involvement, in close harmony singing, in the ‘barbershop’ style.
To encourage existing and new members to rehearse and prepare for public performance which will generally be ‘not for profit’ other than in support of charitable ends.
We are members of Falkirk District Arts and Civic Council (FDACC)