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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.


5th November 2015
BABS Quartet School – Sign Your Quartet Up Now!

These exclusive quartet coaching days with Reckless are now open for bookings. The three venues are Coventry, Warrington and Bristol
Sign your quartet up now!
Click here to download leaflet for details

13th October 2015
Contest Draws for Harrogate

The draw for the Chorus Finals and Quartet Semi-Finals in Harrogate are now available. Click here to view

12th October 2015
Quartet Contest Results!

See the results for the Seniors, Youth and National Prelims quartet contests held at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. Visit the BABS Guild of Judges website here to view the results.

9th September 2015
Convention Box Office Now Open

The BABS Box Office is now open for the sale of registrations and show tickets for next year's First Class Convention in Harrogate. Book now, for the Biggest Barbershop Event Outside of North America. You don't want to miss it!
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 2015 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

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