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How to join BABS


The British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) is a registered charity supporting male and  mixed  barbershop singing in the UK. We are the largest barbershop organisation outside of North America, and have 60 registered choruses (choirs) and over 100 registered barbershop quartets. 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!

Five Ways to be a BABS Member

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Click here for new members or part-year membership renewal

1. Join a Registered BABS Club

If you want to sing in an all-male or mixed  Barbershop chorus you can find your nearest club by clicking here or look for a Time to Sing Barbershop event in your area by clicking here and go and give it a try. Whichever way you find yourself at one of our clubs you’re assured of a warm welcome. Then, when you join a registered club, you automatically become a full BABS member. You need do nothing more as your club subscription includes the BABS membership fee. On joining you will receive a certificate of membership and a welcome pack including a lapel badge.
Ladies are welcome to become members of a registered club for the purposes of singing and competing in its mixed chorus, being its Music Director or of holding a management position within the club.


2. Become an Individual Member

Our Don Amos club, named in memory of a BABS founder and Life President,  is for those who are unable or do not wish to join a registered BABS club. As an Individual member you can be a member of a barbershop quartet and enter the National Quartet Contests. You will not be eligible to join the all-male or mixed chorus of a registered BABS club or enter BABS Chorus Contest. Application can be made  by email to  BABS Membership Secretary and pay your annual subscription in a single sum directly to BABS.
Ladies can also pay the appropriate fee to become Individual Members of BABS and receive the appropriate benefits. However do remember that BABS Individual Members  are unable to compete in BABS quartet or chorus competitions, but are eligible to compete in the Mixed Quartet contest.


3. Youth Membership for under 26 year olds*

For all those aged under 26 (*on a qualifying date) whether working or in full time education. A reduced subscription rate applies  either via a registered BABS club or as an Individual Member. Concessions apply to charges for attending the BABS Annual Convention and BABS Harmony College.


4. Become a  Judges

All members of BABS Guild of Judges, male and female, are required to be a full member of BABS, either through a registered club or as an individual member in the Don Amos club.


5. Associate Membership (no new Associate Memberships available)

This category was created for past members who wished to be linked to BABS without many of the benefits of full membership. It is now maintained for current Associate Members only by BABS Membership Secretary

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

Below is the Membership Categories chart effective 16th September 2018 - - click on it to download and/or print it.