UWE's 'Four in the bar' make TV debut

Issue date: 28 October 2010


Four in the bar A talented student barbershop group 'Four in the bar' from the University of the West of England will feature on BBC One's Inside Out West programme on Monday 1 November at 7:30pm.

The group will provide the light entertainment on one of Inside Out West's 10 minute stories that will look into how easy it is to set up as a hairdresser.

Quartet founder Alex Nodes explains, “The Inside Out West programme researcher found us on Youtube whilst trawling for a local barbershop quartet. We were subsequently booked and spent a day filming in Clifton and Bristol City Centre. It was a great day out and has given us the opportunity for wider exposure and we hope more bookings.”

'Four in the bar' is made up of Alex Nodes (lead vocal), Jake Wheeler (tenor), Alex Hawker (baritone) and Will Sands (bass)who all study at UWE and who met through various activities organised through the University Centre for Performing Arts including the UWE Big Band. The music that 'Four in the bar' performs is mainly inspired by the gramophone favourites of olden days but also includes arrangements of jazz and popular songs.

Alex Nodes continues, “We spent many hours trying to decide on a name and finally came up with one that represented our interest in music and the pub. We have had bookings to sing at formal dinners, bars and pubs and also made charity appearances. We recently took part in the National Barbershop Competition and Britain's Got Talent but we really only did this for fun so when we were discovered by the BBC researcher it was a fantastic surprise.

“For the programme we recorded several old hits of yesteryear including Goodnight Sweetheart, Coney Island Baby and a humorous rewording of Lollipop.”

For more information go to www.fourinthebar.com

BBC Inside Out West can be seen on BBC One in the West region of England at 7.30pm on Monday 1 November. The programme is also available across the whole country on BBC iPlayer for seven days following the original broadcast.

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