About Us



Based in Bristol, our group was formed in January 2017, and there are currently 12 of us. Our repertoire covers a range of pop and rock songs (including original arrangements by our own members).  We perform without a conductor or sheet music, however we do learn from scores. There is some 'co-ordinated movement' during live performances too... but 'dancing' would be a stretch!

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Names & Voices


Elaine - Soprano

Crazy cat lady, with only one cat to throw people off the scent. Lover of wine, gardening, baths and fantasy fiction, often in combination. Tea and bacon hater... not entirely sure she's English! Arranger for the group, with a talent for high squeaky noises.

Peter - Bass

Lowest of the low, he's been hiding in Bristol's a cappella bassment for more than 15 years. Petrolhead & convicted aeroholic, he loves anything with wheels/wings and an engine.

Stanford - Bass

Stanford is an a cappella nerd and lover of group singing who has a single job which he adores - grumbly low notes which actual singers can provide their lovely solos on top of! He's happy to be joining the gang and continuing the long journey of understanding what a root note is!

Oliver - Baritone

Music teacher extraordinaire, lover of tea and Manchester United, can often be found with a pitch pipe in one hand and a real ale in the other, raving about his slow cooker. The group's resident Northerner, Oli arranges for the group and can't resist a good mashup.

Helen - Alto

Petrolhead, plate-turner and never knowingly underdressed. Helen can't pronounce "Bath" properly;insisting there is no "R" in it. While she loves singing with The Setbacks, should she be offered a part on Jem and the Holograms' reunion tour, she'd be off like a shot. (Sorry gang!)

Ed - Beatboxer

As an alumni member of Bath University's Aquapella, Ed is no stranger to boots and cats. Along with footwear and felines, he enjoys ice cream, riverside strolls, and homemade pie.

Lucy - Mezzo

Multi-linguist, former member of The Bristol Suspensions, lover of dogs of all shapes and sizes, and passionate sweetcorn-eater. Lucy enjoys complaining about poorly translated online articles, spending time with her adorable kittens, singing...and singing.

Laura - Mezzo

Piano-player, lover of The Game of Thrones, former guinea pig owner and teacher of small children. Laura loves cups of tea, but hates coffee. Despite being a late joiner to The Minor Setbacks, the others still speak to her, but only if she brings cake.

Holly - Mezzo

Drama teacher and lover of musical theatre. Holly hails from Wolves but lives in Bristol with her dog Padfoot. Her favourite things include dog walks, bad karaoke and road trips to the coast. She can never say no to a gin, it’s 40% stronger than her.

Giuseppe - Baritone

Anglo-Italian, architect, family man and dreamer. Equally well versed in Puccini and Dr Dre, some say his heart beats to the groove of a laid back G-Funk beat and that he literally cannot speak until he's had his first morning espresso.

Sarah - Alto

Sarah doesn't hit high notes unless instructed to. Lover of cheese, Captain Picard, the X-Files, and Gillian Anderson's silk blouses, she is often found apologising for her appalling synchronicity in the group's dance moves.

Daniel - Tenor

Music teacher and human man, Daniel spends large amounts of time playing Build Me Up Buttercup on the ukulele with a room full of kids singing at the top of their lungs. His pub-quiz areas of expertise are X-men comics from the 80s and late 90s UK garage (he is aware of just how cool this makes him sound). Just don't expect anything from the sport round. Well known for his signature dance move, "struggling to maintain control over his limbs".

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