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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:

membershipsecretary
@singbarbershop.com

For other ways to join the Association click here.

   

1st July2015
BABS Seniors Quartet Contest
Enter Now!

Over 55? Entries for the Seniors contest are now being accepted. Venue: Royal Northern College of Music, Manchester. Date: Sat 10th October.
Closing Date: 11th September.
Click here for details

16th June 2015
BABS Youth/College Quartet Contest Enter Now!

Entries for this prestigious national contest are now being taken. Venue: Royal Northern College of Music., Manchester. Date: Saturday 10th October
Closing Date: 11th September
Click here for details

4th June 2015
Guest Quartets Confirmed for Harrogate 2016!

Two First-Class quartets are our guests in Harrogate - Main Street and Acoustix. Double the Quality – Double the Pleasure. Click here for details

28th May 2015
Convention DVDs
Order Yours Now!

You can order the 2015 Convention DVDs now. There are five to choose from: Chorus Contest, Quartet Contest, Friday night Show, Sunday night show, and of course the fabulous Vocal Majority Show.
Click here for details

10th April 2015
Harmony College Prospectus
– Out Now!

This year's BABS Harmony College is bigger and better than ever. It's more than education - it's a unique barbershop experience. There's something for everyone – so view the Prospectus and book your place today! See the 2015 College Prospectus here

7th April 2015
Eight Scholarships Announced for Harmony College

BABS Harmony Foundation is offering eight scholarships for the next Harmony College in August. Closing date for applications is the 1st June 2015.
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23rd March 2015
BABS Returns to Harrogate for 2016 Convention

The 42nd Annual Barbershop Convention will be held at the Harrogate International Centre from 27th May to 30th May 2016. A great event, a superb venue and a beautiful location.
Visit the web site for details

17th March 2015
New Venue and Dates for Quartet Prelims

The Youth and Seniors Quartet Contest will be held on Saturday 10th October with the national Quartet Prelims taking place on Sunday 11th October. All contests will take place at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester..
Click here for details