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Welcome to the world of Barbershop singing.


"Park Street"
BABS Quartet Champions 2014

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.


"Hallmark Of Harmony"
BABS Chorus Champions 2014

To become a member of BABS, it is best to join a Registered Club - the current annual subscription is currently £43 as of 1st January 2014.
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. The current annual subscription is currently £43 as of 1st January 2014.

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:

membershipsecretary
@singbarbershop.com

For other ways to join the Association click here.


25th July 2014
Go for a day to Harmony College

Can't make the weekend? One-day options on Friday and Saturday are available on the Personal Development Stream. Prices from £82.50 including courses, lunch and dinner.
Click here for details

17th July 2014
Book Now for BABS Harmony College

Nearly 300 have already signed up. Don't miss your chance to join them. Harmony College is more than education – it's a unique barbershop experience!
Click here for details

5th July 2014
Cottontown Chorus Scores 82.5% in Las Vegas

Bolton's James Bond package produces an A level performance at International.
Click here for their score sheet.

3rd July 2014
Tagline 9th place in International Collegiate Contest

In a high quality contest in Las Vegas, BABS Youth Quartet Champions came 9th out of 27 quartets. Well done to Tagline - a great achievement.
Click here for their score sheet.

3rd July 2014
Reckless Score 78% in Vegas

Positioned 36 out of 53 quartets at International. In a very tight contest Reckless were only 2% points away from being in the top 20.
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3rd July 2014
Extreme Quartet Stream Full

All the places have been snapped up for this stream at Harmony College.
For full details of the other Harmony College courses click here.

26th June 2014
BABS Membership High

Membership of the Association has reached a record level of 2,405.
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