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Welcome to the world of Barbershop singing.

This website is the central website for The British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) and here you will find everything you need to know about Barbershop harmony singing in the UK.

If you need to find a barbershop chorus or barbershop quartet to sing for your event, or want to find a chorus near to you that you can join to sing, or you need to know what barbershop events are occurring in the barbershop singing world, or you need to track down some music, then you will find it all here on this website

BABS holds its national convention in May every year when all the choruses and quartets from all over the UK meet to celebrate this wonderful hobby. There are two major competitions - one for the choruses and one for quartets.

Barbershop harmony is a style of unaccompanied vocal music characterised by consonant four-part chords for every melody note in a predominantly homophonic texture.

The melody is consistently sung by the lead, with the tenor harmonising above the melody, the bass singing the lowest harmonising notes, and the baritone completing the chord.

Barbershop singers adjust pitches to achieve perfectly tuned chords in just intonation while remaining true to the established tonal centre.

Artistic singing in the Barbershop style exhibits a fullness or expansion of sound, precise intonation, a high degree of vocal skill and a high level of unity and consistency within the ensemble. Ideally, these elements are natural, unmanufactured and free from apparent effort.

Barbershop music presentation uses appropriate musical and visual methods to convey the theme of the song and provide the audience with an emotionally satisfying and entertaining experience. The musical and visual delivery is from the heart, believable, and sensitive to the song and its arrangement throughout. The most stylistic presentation artistically melds together the musical and visual aspects to create and sustain the illusions suggested by the music.

To become a member of BABS, it is best to join a Registered Club - the annual subscription will be £45 as of 1st January 2017. When you sing with a registered club, you will automatically become a full member. For your local chorus click here

Individual full membership of BABS through the Don Amos Club is also available to all men in the UK, and those based overseas, who are not members of a registered club - annual subscription £45 as of 1st January 2017.

Individual Associate membership is also available and the current annual subscription is £25.

The Membership Rules for BABS can be found here.

If you would like to become an individual full or associate member please contact the BABS Membership Secretary at this email address:


For other ways to join the Association click here.

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babs guild of judges contests contest-briefing

13th April 2017
Quartet Contest Timings Announced

The Quartet 2017 Semi-Final timings have been announced and are on the BABS Guild of Judges website.
Click here for the listings

23rd March 2017
Chorus Contest Timings Announced

The Chorus 2017 contest timings have been announced and are on the BABS Guild of Judges website
Click here for the listing
Mixed Quartet Contest

13th March 2017
BABS to Host the 2017 Mixed Quartet Contest

The Barbershop in Harmony Mixed Quartet contest will be hosted by BABS, at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester on the 11th November
Click here for details

8th November 2016
Quartet Results

View the results of the Seniors, Youth and National Quartet Prelims contests held on the 5th and 6th November at the Royal Northern College of Music Click here
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2nd November 2016
2017 BABS
Chorus Divisions

The Chorus Division listings have now been declared for 2017. Not all clubs are competing in Bournemouth, but it will be exciting to see who comes out with the Divisional Awards in 2017.
Click here for the listing

29th June 2016
Applications now being invited for 2016 & 2017 Competitions

Applications are now being invited for the Quartet competitons in November 2016 and the Chorus competition in May 2017.        Click here to apply

21st June 2016
2017 Mixed Barbershop Chorus Contest Date

BABS are pleased to announce that the second BABS Mixed Voice Barbershop Choral Contest will take place at Convention on Monday 29th May in Bournemouth, starting at 10.30am.
Email here for details

24th May 2016
Harmony Foundation Launches New Community Fund

Have you got a great idea to take Barbershop into the community? The BABS Harmony Foundation Community Fund could help provide funding towards the project. Click here for details