One Acchord, originally known as Vocal Essence, is a ladies barbershop chorus located in Newtown St Boswells with a current membership of around 30. Our members come from a wide area of the Borders including Duns, Coldstream, Galashiels, Kelso, Ancrum, Lauder and St Boswells.
Our founding member Heather Thomas had a vision to start a barbershop chorus as there was none in the Borders. After advertising in the local papers and with posters, we held our first rehearsal on Wednesday 17 Novem ber 2004 under the musical directorship of Nancy Chapman. Other early musical directors were Maureen Dawson and Nancy Muir. Our early rehearsals took place in the basement of the North Parish Church, Kelso. However, we soon moved to a more central location at the Community Centre in Newtown St Boswells, where we have been rehearsing ever since.
Our current musical director is Nick Drew who has been with the chorus since January 2009. Since our first ever public concert in November 2005 at the Eildon Centre, Coldstream, we have sung at Womens' Institutes, fund raising events in churches, an Armed Forces Day concert and have performed at the Queen's Hall in Edinburgh. We have also taken part in the Borders Has Talent competition at the St James Fair in Kelso and more recently at the Portsmouth Music Festival.