LABBS follows the judging programme and categories as devised by the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS). As the makeup and geography is very different to the North American based society, we have our own adapted versions of contest rules that suit our membership and contest cycle, as well as guidance for our Contest Administration judges and a bespoke admin and policies section for the E&J.
Scoring category descriptions
are essentially the same as we stay in line with the BHS, therefore these are direct extracts from the BHS Handbook, used with their permission. They describe in some detail what the judges are looking for, so it is a good idea for competitors, quartets, music teams and chorus directors to be somewhat familiar with their content, as well as keeping up to date with any amendments each year.
The category descriptions are contained in a separate document below and are referred to from the relevant sections in our Contest & Judging Handbook, which can be considered the master document and which also contains the contest rules, published separately for convenient reference.
LABBS Contest rules
are reviewed and revised on an annual basis, to keep in step with the judging programme of the BHS as well as new developments within LABBS. The next update is due in February 2022.
Contest Rules and Contest & Judging Handbook, for the 2020 Contest Cycle (which did not happen due to the pandemic):
*Referenced by the LABBS C&J Handbook 2020, includes judging category descriptions and position papers.