Mike Taylor, Singing Judge Mike joined the British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) in 1980 at the age of 17, so was delighted to receive his 40-year pin in 2020. A regular quartet singer throughout this time, it took him 31 years to win a much-coveted quartet gold medal with iQ in 2012. He has collected several quartet medals of other colours, and directed top-flight choruses in BABS, LABBS and Sweet Adelines. Mike certified as a BABS Singing Judge in 2006. He’s been the SNG Category Director twice and has enjoyed judging contests for BABS and LABBS as well as having the privilege of judging in Ireland, Spain and Holland and at three European contests. Mike is also a certified Singing judge with LABBS. He loves nothing more than sharing his skills and knowledge with other barbershoppers – Mike has been a leading Chorus Director Educator for many years and had enormous fun leading the Harmony College Chorus Stream at BABS Harmony College for 14 years. Mike has arranged numerous songs for barbershop, many have been sung successfully in BABS, LABBS or Sweet Adeline contests. His arrangement of “Fame” is a world-wide success! Most recently Mike has loved singing bass with Chromatix, who placed 4th in BABS at their first attempt and won the IABS open quartet contest in 2019. He’s running hard to keep up with three young and talented newcomers to barbershop. Chromatix won the Novice quartet award in 2019: a somewhat surprising feat as Mike first won the award in 1983 with Channel 4. Outside barbershop, Mike is a Software Development manager for IBM. Mike is married to fellow Singing judge Paula Taylor-Williams, and their daughter, Georgina, describes Mike thus: tall, funny, ticklish, weird and good at barbeques!