National Quartet Contest
Current BABS Gold Medal Quartet
The national quartet competition has three phases; Prelims, which are held in November, Semi-Finals and then Finals, which are both held at the annual BABS Convention, normally held in May.
For copies of the Rules and Judging Categories visit the BABS Guild of Judges website.
Seniors Quartet Contest
Current BABS Seniors Quartet Champions
The Seniors Quartet Contest is held on the same day as Prelims. The winning quartet will receive gold medals, a trophy and as long as they achieve the qualifying score, BABS will support the quartet to attend the Seniors Quartet Contest in America.
The contest rules state that the minimum age of a Seniors quartet member is 55, with a combined total age of at least 240 years. So why not form a quartet and start planning now for your chance to be the best senior quartet in the UK and compete with the best in the USA.
Youth / College Quartet Contest
Current BABS Youth Quartet Champions
The contest is held at the same time as Prelims (usually November). Open to all young men 25 years of age and under. Competitors don’t need to be members of BABS to enter. If you know of a college quartet, music school quartet or young singers who want to try the barbershop experience, then this is for them.
In addition to winning the title of the National Barbershop Youth Quartet Champions, they will be presented with a fabulous trophy with replicas for them to keep. Also, if the winner achieves the qualifying score, they will be eligible to enter the International Collegiate Contest held in the USA, with some financial support provided by the BABS Harmony Foundation charity.
For further information email the BABS Music Services Director.
Starting a Quartet
Singing in a quartet is fun and harmonising with three other guys is brilliant. It will bring a whole new dimension to the enjoyment of our wonderful hobby and can only improve your chorus singing. If you are starting a quartet, whether it is for fun, sing-outs or competition you should read 'So You've Got a New Quartet'. Download a copy here.
Registering Your Quartet
Register your quartet name with the BABS Quartet Registrar There is a small fee, but this gives the quartet the benefit of insurance cover, including Public Liability, which is essential for your own protection. In addition, it may lead to your quartet getting sing-outs from enquiries received by the Registrar through the BABS website. All competing quartets need to be registered with BABS. If you are competing in the National Semi-Finals, you also need to be registered for convention.
Register online here
It's the Harmony That Makes the Difference