Barbershop in Harmony (BinH) is comprised of two members from each of the three UK Barbershop organisations, Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS), British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) and Sweet Adelines International Region 31. It is currently chaired by Nancy Philbin as BinH coordinator. We work together to share ideas, collaborate, and make things happen for the benefit of UK Barbershop.
The whole team got together in January 2022 to develop a strategy and purpose for the group moving forwards to promote British Barbershop singing in a meeting facilitated by Jill Cook, LABBS Membership Director. It was so great to be able to meet in person with the leaders of British Barbershop and to work together with a common goal.
We decided on four strategic goals:
- To promote Barbershop across the UK as a modern high quality musical art form open to all.
- To develop mixed barbershop singing alongside single gender singing by establishing a framework and providing opportunities for mixed singing to thrive.
- To diversify the membership of UK barbershop to reflect the broader community and appeal to more diverse audiences.
- To grow the number of barbershop singers across the UK.
We have already started to collaborate on these themes and look forward to making a difference to the world of barbershop.
Written by Natalie Feddon, LABBS Chair
Image above shows (from left to right): Laurence Hasson from BABS, Nicky Salt, Valerie Taylor, Emma Riley from Sweet Adelines International Region 31, Sue Ranson, Nancy Philbin, Natalie Feddon from LABBS, and Alan Hughes from BABS