|LABBS is one of three barbershop-singing organisations in the United Kingdom, and the only purely-British organisation for female barbershop singers. Our members love to sing and we take every opportunity to share our love of barbershop and our passion for harmony, wherever we can. Since its establishment in 1976, LABBS has grown to have 50 clubs and over 2000 members who are located up, down and across the country from Cornwall to Scotland. The choruses vary in size and are made up of women of all ages but at the heart is their shared love of singing, friendship and being part of a modern and dynamic association. Our LABBS youth chorus, The Ivy League, also draws young members from around the country.|
LABBS holds an annual convention in late autumn. This is an exciting weekend, packed with competitions for both choruses and quartets and shows with talented performances from the best of barbershop across the UK and barbershop organisations around the world. Representatives from our organisation also compete with success at a European level, and travel to showcase our best talent in Europe and the USA. Our choruses and quartets are frequently involved in competitions and shows around the UK and representation from our top choruses is commonplace at the finals of BBC3’s Choir of the Year and at the International Eisteddfod.
Now operating as a registered charity, one of the key objectives of LABBS is to provide regular education for our members to continue to grow and develop in the craft of barbershop and harmony. This is offered through regional education days, national quartet weekends and many other events, which all aim to increase members’ knowledge of barbershop and to raise performance skill levels. LABBS’ Education & Judging Committee is integral to this and is made up of experienced members of the association. They are also internationally-qualified judges for regional, national and international competitions.
At a local level, all our clubs and quartets are active in their communities, putting on their own concerts and singing for local organisations and charity events. If you like to sing, want to meet like-minded women, and want to be part of our thriving and exciting organisation then why not find a club near you and join in the fun!