Sing2023

  • 26th to 29th May 2023: Sing2023 BABS 48th Convention, Bournemouth
    • BABS Male Chorus Contest
    • BABS Mixed Voice Contest
    • BABS National Quartet Contest

We are pleased to welcome our Headline Guests

"Instant Classic is an award-winning barbershop quartet from Indianapolis. Made up of music educators and recording engineers, the group is comprised of four great friends with a love and passion for barbershop harmony, a cappella music, and music education. The ensemble has performed around the world, including the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Sweden, and Australia. They’ve appeared on the Today Show, opened for the Sing-Off Tour in Indianapolis, they have been featured on Australian Public Television and Radio, and they are excited to be here tonight! All four of the members arrange music for the group, and though they all love barbershop harmony, they come from different musical backgrounds and tastes that offer a variety of different styles featured in their arrangements, from vocal jazz, musical theater, pop, and even R&B!

This group is not a stranger to the competition stage. In 2015, they competed in the Barbershop Harmony Society’s International Quartet Contest held in Pittsburgh, PA, where over 50 quartets gathered from around the world to compete. After three rounds, they earned the highest score and became the International Quartet Champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Half and Half is a mixed barbershop quartet based out of the Midwest.  Half of the quartet lives in Cincinnati; Jenni Sheets a mezzo-belter who sings lead and Cy Wood who grounds the group singing bass. The other half lives in Indianapolis; Kohl Kitzmiller singing the versatile part of baritone and Kim Newcomb, who sings the difficult high notes with such ease as tenor. Half of the group is male and the other half is female

Half have performance and art backgrounds; Cy who was an actor and producer on Broadway and continues to coach and choreograph for quartets and choruses and Jenni who majored in vocal performance and owns her own small design business, BullFish Graphics. Half are very music theory focused; Kohl who is an arranger/sound engineer with KK Sounds and Kim who is a vocal coach, chorus director and records learning tracks with NewVoice Studio. Both halves of these vocalists’ backgrounds create a well-rounded, whole-brained group and they believe this is the secret to their success.