British Association of Barbershop Singers

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British Association of Barbershop Singers
Genres Barbershop music
Years active 1974–present
Website www.singbarbershop.com

The British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) is a British organisation of male barbershop singers.[1] It was formed in 1974 and is affiliated with the Barbershop Harmony Society.[2][3]

Every year the association runs two contests in parallel for barbershop choruses and quartets as part of the BABS Annual Convention. The British convention is the largest barbershop convention of its kind outside of North America. The chorus competition is currently held over one day, while the quartet competition is spread over the convention weekend (with a preliminary round to eliminate all but the top 16 quartets usually held about 6 months prior to the semi-finals).

Concurrent with the national quartet contest, BABS holds an International Quartet Qualifying Contest, which past BABS gold medal quartets may also enter, to determine qualification for the next year's BHS International Quartet contest. In conjunction with the preliminary quartet contest, BABS also holds Seniors Quartet and Youth Quartet contests; BHS is asked to permit the respective winners to compete in the subsequent corresponding international contest, subject to a qualifying score.[4]

National contest winners (in the categories of chorus and quartet) by year are as follows:[5]

Year Chorus Champions[6] Quartet Champions[7][8] Youth Quartet Seniors Quartet
2017 The Great Western Chorus of Bristol Portobello Road 4 On Demand[9] Three 'n' Easy[9]
2016 Cottontown Chorus Finest Hour Trailblazers[10] South Parade[10]
2015 The Great Western Chorus of Bristol Tagline Proper Sound[11][12] The Grand Dads[12]
2014 Hallmark of Harmony Park Street Figaro[13]
2013 Cottontown Chorus The Emerald Guard Park Street[14] Soundcheck[15]
2012 The Grand Central Chorus iQ Mach 4[16] Just In Time[16]
2011 Cottontown Chorus Crossfire Mach 4[17] Rockaholix[17]
2010 The Great Western Chorus of Bristol Steel
2009 Cottontown Chorus Evolution
2008 The Great Western Chorus of Bristol Monkey Magic (now The Great British Barbershop Boys[18])
2007 Cottontown Chorus Q.E.D.
2006 Cambridge Chord Company Pitch Invasion
2005 Cottontown Chorus The Works
2004 Cambridge Chord Company Prime Time
2003 The Grand Central Chorus Sound Crew
2002 Cambridge Chord Company The Light Industrial Choral Society
2001 The Grand Central Chorus Matrix
2000 Hallmark of Harmony The Likely Lads
1999 Cambridge Chord Company Shockwave
1998 Shannon Express Chordial Exchange
1997 Hallmark of Harmony Cambridge Blues
1996 Grand Central Chorus Hooked On Harmony
1995 Shannon Express Smilin' Thru
1994 Hallmark of Harmony Sound Assembly
1993 Grand Central Chorus Island Engagement
1992 Rainy City Chorus Quattro
1991 Hallmark of Harmony Talk Of The Town
1990 The Great Western Chorus of Bristol Curtain Call
1989 Hallmark of Harmony Quartz Precision
1988 The Great Western Chorus of Bristol High Time
1987 Pilgrimaires Times Square
1986 Hallmark of Harmony Junction 33
1985 Pilgrimaires Gilt Edge
1984 Crawley Chordsmen On Spec
1983 The Great Western Chorus of Bristol Mancunian Way
1982 Roker Peers Limited Company
1981 The Great Western Chorus of Bristol Regency Pride
1980 The Great Western Chorus of Bristol Par Four
1979 No competition No competition
1978 Crawley Chordsmen Newtown Ringers
1977 The Great Western Chorus of Bristol Fortunairs
1976 Crawley Chordsmen The Barrytones
1975 Crawley Chordsmen Five Bridge Four
1974 No competition Ringleaders

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Come and Join Us". British Association of Barbershop Singers. Retrieved 11 August 2017. 
  2. ^ "About". BABS Guild of Judges. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  3. ^ "Barbershop is universal". Barbershop Harmony Society. Retrieved 11 August 2017. 
  4. ^ "Contest Rules" (PDF). British Association of Barbershop Singers. July 2017. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  5. ^ "Results archive". babsguildofjudges.com. British Association of Barbershop Singers. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  6. ^ "Chorus Champions since 1974" (PDF). singbarbershop.com. British Association of Barbershop Singers. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Quartet Champions since 1974" (PDF). singbarbershop.com. British Association of Barbershop Singers. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  8. ^ "BABS Quartets". babsquartets.com. British Association of Barbershop Singers. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 
  9. ^ a b "Youth Quartet Contest / Seniors Quartet Contest" (PDF). Harmony Express. British Association of Barbershop Singers. December 2016. pp. 12–13. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "Youth Quartet Contest / Seniors Quartet Contest" (PDF). Harmony Express. British Association of Barbershop Singers. December 2015. pp. 12–13. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  11. ^ "Student barbershop quartet crowned national champions". University of Liverpool. 12 January 2015. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "BABS Seniors Gold Medal Quartet / BABS Youth Quartet Winners" (PDF). Harmony Express. British Association of Barbershop Singers. December 2014. p. 4. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  13. ^ "Combined Contests (Streamed Quartet Prelim) – Seniors Stream, 2013/2014" (PDF). British Association of Barbershop Singers. 17 November 2013. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  14. ^ "National Quartet Prelims (Youth Stream), Official Contest Result" (PDF). British Association of Barbershop Singers. 18 November 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  15. ^ "National Quartet Prelims (Seniors Stream), Official Contest Result" (PDF). British Association of Barbershop Singers. 18 November 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  16. ^ a b "Quartet Prelim Contest 1 / 2 (Seniors / Youth Stream), Official Contest Result" (PDF). British Association of Barbershop Singers. 20 November 2011. pp. 8–10. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  17. ^ a b "National Quartet Prelims (Seniors / Youth Stream), Official Contest Result" (PDF). British Association of Barbershop Singers. 21 November 2010. pp. 17–19. Retrieved 28 August 2017. 
  18. ^ "Monkey Magic". babsquartets.com. British Association of Barbershop Singers. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 

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