Barbershop Singing

Harmony UK podcasts

Listen to a new series of Harmony UK podcasts by our chorus member John Beesley, dedicated to the exciting world of contemporary British barbershop harmony singing.


A Potted History

Old black and white picture of a New York barbershop quartet


Although Samuel Pepys wrote of men singing in barber’s shops as far back as the 17th century, the style of four-part harmony singing that we know as barbershop emerged during the late 19th century in the USA. 

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Harmony College

Harmony College is the biggest educational event in the Barbershop Calendar here in the UK. Almost 400 people were at the 2015 event held at Nottingham University. One of our basses, John, was there for his first time. Listen to his audio postcard:
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