Latest News

  • Joint Announcement from BABS and LABBS
  •  Date Posted: Wed, 8 Jun 2022

    It has been suggested that BABS and LABBS consider the possibility of merging into one organisation.  The boards of the two Associations have recently met to explore and consider this possibility and are informing their respective members about this preliminary move now as a matter of transparency and integrity.

    Both Associations remain committed to the successful continuation of gender-specific singing as well as to the development of more mixed singing opportunities.   No final decisions or concrete plans have been made and both boards are committed to consulting with their members about this in due course.

    The two boards will, for the foreseeable future, continue to work together as we have always done within the current structures. Any proposed future changes in these will be subject to stringent examination, including by professional advisors, and will be subject to the decisions of the respective memberships.  Meanwhile, the two boards are working together to understand the opportunities and concerns which may arise from any changes in the current situation.
    It is appreciated that members will have many questions about this, and a Q&A document is attached.

    Yours truly,
    Alan Hughes                      Natalie Feddon
    Chair, BABS                        Chair, LABBS


    8th June 2022
  • LABBS has a NEW Online Home!
  •  Date Posted: Thu, 18 Nov 2021

    We are delighted to announce that the new LABBS website is NOW LIVE!

    This move can take a little while to filter through the world's internet highways, which is normal, but it should be fully available from Friday, November 19th.

    This first implementation of our new site is just the start of an exciting programme of enhancements planned for the near future.  For example, a NEW MEMBERS AREA will go live VERY SOON, giving members improved access to LABBS information.


  • LABBS forms an Alliance with the Barbershop Harmony Society
  •  Date Posted: Fri, 19 Mar 2021
    LABBS forms an Alliance with the Barbershop Harmony Society

    The Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS) becomes the first all-women international organisation to enter an alliance agreement with the US-based Barbershop Harmony Society.


    Building on histories stretching back to 1938 for BHS, and to 1976 for LABBS, the historic alignment will provide greater access to education resources for all, judge training, and access to the Society’s International Contest stage for LABBS quartets and choruses.

    "The resources BHS offers makes sense for our singers," said Nancy Philbin, Chair of LABBS. "The pandemic has given us the breathing space to really work on our strategic plan, and taking this step helps us become greater contributors to all aspects of the barbershop world."

    Marty Monson, CEO of the Barbershop Harmony Society, placed the agreement in the context of the Society’s strategic vision. "We have so many shared goals as barbershop organisations," he said, "including preserving single-gender experiences for men and for women. Aligning with LABBS reflects our commitment to helping all people find the singing setting that's best for them. Partnering with LABBS will help both organisations learn from one another and raise the total volume of singers everywhere."

    Natalie Feddon, incoming Chair of LABBS, notes that the services provided build on and formalise some long-standing practices. "For many years, LABBS has trained judges to the standards of the BHS system. Now, under the Memorandum of Understanding, we will gain more support for all our contest activities."

    The new Alliance Agreement took effect March 1, 2021, with annual review of services and successes.


    Founded in 1976, LABBS represents more than 2,200 female barbershop singers in around 60 choruses, including a youth chorus and a national chorus, and more than 60 quartets stretching the length of the United Kingdom. Visit LABBS online at or on Facebook.


    Founded in 1938, the 16,000-member Barbershop Harmony Society includes more than 1,600 singing communities, including nearly 700 choruses and 900 quartets, and encompasses men’s, women’s, and mixed harmony ensembles. Visit BHS online at or on Facebook.


    Read the announcement on the BHS website

    YouTube Video URL: