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The British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) is a registered charity supporting male and mixed barbershop harmony singing in the UK. We are the largest such organisation outside of North America and have more than 60 registered choruses (choirs) and 100 registered barbershop quartets across the country. Our sister organisations LABBS and SAI (Sweet Adelines International) support female barbershop singers in the UK.

More and more men and women alike are experiencing the thrill and excitement of singing harmony in the distinctive barbershop style in both all-male and/or mixed choruses, which continues to bring new members of all ages to our associations. We all share the joy of singing - but it’s the harmony that makes the difference!

There are 6000 men and women in the UK and 100,000 worldwide who believe that there is something special about singing barbershop harmony. We look forward to welcoming you to BABS, one of the country’s most energetic and enthusiastic groups of singers. Join us in Harmony now!

Which type of BABS Member should I be?

1. Registered BABS Club - Individual member is for anyone not already a member of BABS, LABBS or SAI who wants to join a BABS all-male or mixed Barbershop chorus. Increasingly, our previously all-male clubs are establishing mixed choruses and new Mixed voice clubs are being formed. Find your nearest club by clicking here, look for a Time to Sing Barbershop event in your area by clicking here or enquire by clicking here and go give it a try. Whichever way you find yourself at one of our clubs you’re assured of a warm welcome and you’ll soon see that both the club’s own subscription and the one you’ll pay for BABS membership provide great value for money. Individual members of BABS Registered Clubs receive the full package of benefits and under 26 year-olds get all of this at a reduced price. New BABS members receive a certificate of membership and a welcome pack including a lapel badge.

2. Don Amos Club - Individual member is for anyone who doesn’t wish to join a registered BABS club because, for example, they can’t commit to weekly rehearsals, don’t want to join an all-male or mixed chorus or need BABS membership for another purpose, say to sing in a male barbershop quartet and enter BABS National Quartet Contests. Application can be made by clicking here, on ‘for new members or part-year membership renewal’ above or by email to BABS Membership Secretary membershipsecretary@singbarbershop.com Named in memory of a BABS founder and Life President, our Don Amos Club provides benefits specific to its members and under 26 year-olds get a reduced price. New members receive a certificate of membership and a welcome pack including a lapel badge.

3. Registered BABS Club - Mixed Chorus LABBS/SAI member is for anyone already a member of  LABBS or SAI, including club at large, who wants to join a BABS mixed Barbershop chorus. You may already have a local BABS mixed chorus in mind, if not, our previously all-male clubs are increasingly establishing mixed choruses and new mixed voice clubs are being formed. Find your nearest club by clicking here, look for a Time to Sing Barbershop event in your area by
clicking here or enquire by clicking here and go give mixed voice barbershop singing a try. The BABS club you join will levy its own subscription however your BABS membership is free of charge and provides benefits specific to your needs while you maintain LABBS/SAI membership and are a BABS mixed chorus member. New BABS members receive a certificate of membership and a welcome pack including a lapel badge.

Details of BABS Membership Categories are in the chart. Note that Associate Member was created for past members who wished to be linked to BABS without many of the benefits of full membership and is now closed to applications. Current Associate Members may renew membership by clicking here or by email to BABS Membership Secretary
membershipsecretary@singbarbershop.com

To renew Don Amos Club/Individual Associate membership 1st Jan-31st Dec click here
To join Don Amos Club or renew Don Amos/Individual Associate membership during
the year click here

 

Membership Table 2019