A new a cappella quartet has emerged and has plans to spread the love come Feb. 14 — Valentine’s Day.
Slow No Tempo is a group comprised of Alexander Bell, Ryan Noakes, Graham Specht and Simon Walter.
Noakes, who is a local composer, musician and marketing co-ordinator for the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, said that once he and Bell decided to put a new group together, things fell into place pretty quickly and the group came together in September.
Noakes and Bell once had an a cappella group in the city in the late ‘90s and he and Graham go way back to their time at the Kamloops Interior Summer School of Music.
Walter had good timing when, knowing of Noakes’ past singing experience, he mentioned being a part of an a cappella group was always something he’d wanted to do.
“We all met up and decided that we get along and have a nice sound together and we’ve slowly been learning the music since then,” Noakes told KTW.
Among their repertoire are two songs they will soon put to good use — a medley of Let Me Call You Sweetheart and Heart of My Heart — for an upcoming singing valentine fundraiser on Valentine’s Day.
Slow No Tempo plans to make the singing valentines an annual endeavour, with a new charity each year. This year, the fundraiser will benefit The Mustard Seed New Life Community to meet the needs of marginalized populations in the community.
Recipients of a singing valentine will benefit too. Along with the romantic medley comes a box of chocolates and a flower.
Those looking to impress their sweetheart or other loved one on Valentine’s Day can visit kamloopsvalentines.com for information on how to place their order before 7 p.m. on Feb. 13.
The cost is $50 and orders can be placed for morning, afternoon or evening deliveries.