Contest & Judging Team

The British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) is a charitable organisation with music education as its goal. There are over 2400 members in 62 clubs and over 90 registered quartets across the UK. Every year a significant proportion of these clubs and quartets take part in contest culminating in the Annual Convention in the Spring. If you’re going to have a contest, you have to have judges!

The Contest and Judging team is an important resource for BABS. The judges are recognised experts in the main aspects of barbershop, namely singing, music and performance. They undertake bi-annual training at specialist seminars to be able to organise and judge our choruses and quartets in competition.

This site provides current information about the C&J team including a directory of members, contest results, rules and reference information for BABS members and other people with an interest in barbershop.

On this page you will find some useful tools for improving your knowledge and your barbershop experience. Note that you must extract the individual files from the ZIP before running each tool.

Chord recognition by David King

A set of aural exercises with accompanying explanation that will help you recognise different chords and their relationships to each other.

Click here to download a ZIP file for running the application on your computer.

Pitch Awareness by David King

How good are you at telling pitches apart? Find out for yourself with this exercise.

Click here to download a ZIP file for running the application on your computer.

The POW Game by David King

A little test for your sense of rhythm. Just how good do you think you are?

Click here to download a ZIP file for running the application on your computer.

Just Intonation by David King

A tutorial to explain Just Intonation and how it affects us. There are tests to see if you can hear it.

Click here to download a ZIP file for running the application on your computer.