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Harmony College

26th-28th August 2016
Nottingham University

Below is what was included in the 2015 Harmony College

The programme for 2016 is subject to change
and will be announced in the Spring of 2016

More Choice, More Activity, More Fun!

Whether you're new to barbershop or hold a 40-year medal, Harmony College is certain to appeal. This year's College will be even bigger and better than before. Two new courses have been introduced. First, a full stream coaching skills course which will explore many of the aspects of being a successful coach. And for those who enjoy the challenge of the College Chorus, a new, auditioned chorus is on offer. Working under the direction of a guest educator, this will be a small chorus for experienced singers.

So, whether you enjoy: singing in the chorus, bringing your quartet for specialised tuition, improving your personal singing technique, looking at the theory behind the sound, trying your hand at directing, working on your performance or, indeed, having your own private singing lesson - it's all here, together with a wide choice of breakout sessions, helpful advice from our American educators, en-suite accommodation, good food, bar facilities and the Saturday Show.

Comfortable Single En-suite Accommodation

Encouraging Improvement
Enhancing Knowledge

The college offers a series of main streams, each lasting for the whole weekend. In addition, the popular one-hour Breakout sessions will allow you to study something completely different (or even find a quiet corner for some tag singing).

College Timetable
The College starts at 10.00 on Friday, which will enable a number of people to travel to Nottingham on that morning, helping towards keeping the cost down of attending. A bed & breakfast option is available on the Thursday at just £50 extra. Anyone taking this option will be able to attend an exclusive warm-up session on the Friday morning before the College officially opens. Also the bar will be open on Thursday evening with plenty of time to relax, socialise and sing!

Everyone Welcome
We welcome non-BABS’ members, most of whom sing with other organisations or choirs. They often opt to join the college chorus, but are also very welcome in all other classes. Over 80 ladies attended the 2014 college, and time will be allocated for them to meet up to rehearse as a chorus, for a performance on the Saturday evening College Show.

Attractive Modern Campus with Free Parking

Outstanding Value
The college offers outstanding value. You not only get excellent training and coaching, you get great facilities, good food, a high level of camaraderie, a private bar with guest beers and of course plenty of time to sing. If you are staying overnight, you also get en-suite accommodation with free wi-fi.

Quality Leadership
BABS Harmony College will have a full team of outstanding educators, ready to deliver quality education across a wide range of subjects, to help you extend and develop your barbershop knowledge and skills. As well as the highly respected UK coaches, BABS has invited two top educators from the USA, both of whom will bring a wide range of skills and experience. Everyone attending this year’s college will have the opportunity to learn from them at some time over the weekend.

Which Stream will you choose?

College Chorus
The opportunity to experience singing in a large chorus, learning new songs and receiving top class coaching. Ideal for beginners and those who wish to enjoy the camaraderie of being with a large group.

Personal Development
Choose from a variety of short courses, each one  typically 1 to 3 hours long, which allows you to create a personalised learning programme. Ideal for anyone seeking to get more from their hobby.

For beginners, assistants and section leaders. It aims to unravel the true scope of the director’s role within a chorus and provide insight into what it takes to stand in front of a chorus.

This is an opportunity for male, female & mixed quartets to improve and learn from some of the best coaches. The stream offers up to eleven hours of hands-on coaching.

Coaching Skills
Aimed at providing the experienced barbershop singer with the opportunity to find out how to become an effective coach for their chorus. Practical sessions will be included in this stream.

Audition Chorus
Aimed at experienced singers who want to work
at a high level under the leadership of a guest director for the weekend. It will require the completion of an audition recording. Numbers limited to 36.

Extreme Quartet
If you want the challenge of learning 6 new songs and then singing them in different quartets, this full stream is for you. Maximum of 48 singers, registrations will be on a first come first served basis.

Great Company, Good Food & Hospitality

Your Options
Choose from full weekend residential or non-residential. There are one-day options and a Saturday/Sunday residential option - see panel at the bottom of this page.

Harmony College Scholarships
Financial support is available for individuals thanks to grants from BABS Harmony Foundation. There are 8 Scholarships in all and cover the cost of attending Harmony College from Friday morning through to the close on Sunday, including course fees, meals and overnight accommodation (travel and personal expenses not included). Click here for details

Application forms may be obtained from: The Harmony Foundation Grants Secretary email:

Secure Online Booking
Enrol and pay on-line. It’s very simple, just fill out the details and the options that you want, and the site works out everything for you. Payment is made through a secure web server.