To be the UK's leading community for education, entertainment and promotion of barbershop singing, with international recognition and influence.
LABBS - the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers - is one of three barbershop-singing organisations in the United Kingdom, and the only purely British organisation for female barbershop singers. Established in 1976, LABBS has grown to around 60 clubs and over 2200 members. In addition to our many clubs, we also have a national chorus, Coast to Coast, and our youth choruses, which bring singers together from across the organisation.
LABBS holds its annual convention in late autumn every year. This is an exciting weekend, packed with competitions for both choruses and quartets, as well as shows with talented performers from the best of barbershop across the UK and barbershop organisations around the world. Representatives from our organisation compete 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.
As an organisation, we value collaboration through alliances across the wider musical community and continue to enrich our community through a dedication to diversity & inclusion.
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!