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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 £44 as of 1st January 2015. 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 £44 as of 1st January 2015.

Individual Associate membership is also available and the current annual subscription is £23.

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.

Cotton Town Chorus Finest Hour Quartet

4th October 2016
Quartet Prelims 2016 Draw

The draw for the 2016 quartet prelims is now available on the Guild of Judges website.
Click here

5th July 2016
2017 Directors Academy

28th & 29th January are the dates of the next highly regarded 2017 BABS Music Directors Academy, to be held at Eastwood Hall in Nottingham.
Full details will be published shortly.

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

30th May 2016

Cotton Town Chorus and Finest Hour Quartet are the 2016 Champions.

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

24th May 2016
BABS 38th Harmony College - Prospectus Out Now!

For one of the friendliest learning experiences in barbershop you really must join us. Guest educators are Round Midnight Quartet and Joe Cerutti. Read the prospectus, select your course and enrol. It's too good to miss!
Visit the web site for details

24th May 2016
BABS Chooses Bournemouth for 2017 Convention

The 43rd Annual Barbershop Convention will be held at the BIC from 26th to 29th May 2017. Big venue, Big star guests. Start planning your next Convention now – It's going to be a Big One!
Visit the web site for details

24th May 2016
Dates for BABS 2016 Quartet Prelims Announced

The Youth and Seniors Quartet Contest will be held on Saturday 5th November with the national Quartet Prelims taking place on Sunday 6th November. All contests will take place at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester

24th May 2016
Nine Scholarships Announced for Harmony College

BABS Harmony Foundation is offering nine scholarships for the next Harmony College in August. Closing date for applications is the 6th June 2016. Visit the BABS Harmony College website for details