We are the largest organisation of barbershop singers outside of North America and have more than 60 registered choruses (choirs) and 100 registered barbershop quartets across the country, including male voice ensembles and mixed voice ensembles.

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. 

The First 25 Years of BABS

In preparation for our 50th Anniversary in 2024, the BABS Board has decided to re-publish the original 25th Anniversary book produced in 2003 by Alan Johnson and Harry Wells. The Board sincerely thanks Alan and Harry for their gracious granting of permission to re-publish their work.

As this book was produced over 15 years ago, and concerns subject matter dating from 1974, there may be some inaccuracies. If you spot anything, please send an email to: [email protected] for the information of other readers.

A document of the second 25 years is planned for publication at the time of the 50th Anniversary.  

Click here to access the 25th Anniversary Book.