One Foot In The Stave crowned 2022 International Seniors Quartet Champion
The British quartet delivered an impressive performance in the first major BHS contest in two years.
One Foot in the Stave, a quartet from the British Association of Barbershop Singers, took the gold medals in the 2022 International Seniors Quartet Contest, held January 15 at the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Midwinter Convention in Pasadena.
The incumbent silver medalists returned to the stage in fine form after the contest was suspended for 2021. The seniors contest was the first major BHS competition since the onset of the pandemic.
With the win, One Foot In The Stave becomes the first quartet from outside North America to win the seniors championship in the event’s 36-year history. The quartet comprises Rod Butcher, tenor; Brian Schofield, lead; Pete Nugent, bari; and Andy Funnell, bass.
The top five quartets were:
- One Foot In The Stave
1454 pts / 80.8%
1409 pts / 78.3%
- Up All Night
1354 pts / 75.2%
- Wow, Time Flies!
1339 pts / 73.9%
1286 pts / 71.4%
The seniors contest is open to singers aged 55 and above, and each quartet’s aggregate age must be at least 240 years. The oldest singer in this year’s contest was Curt Struyk, age 78, who sings with Midwest Connection, which earned honors as the oldest quartet at 298 years total.