Barbershop harmony singing exists in two forms, chorus and quartet. Here we have a picture taken in May 1999 of my first chorus, the Thames Valley Chorus, based in Reading, England, formed in 1974.
I was also a founder member of the Royal Harmonics, based in Windsor and was their chorus director for just over a year, 2006-2008:
2001 - Irish Convention
2007 Convention - Summertime & Wonderful Day Medley - Pete directing
I also directed for a couple of years the Kings Of Herts, the chorus of the Harpenden Club, shown here in 2004:
But most people probably imagine quartets when they think of barbershop harmony. This is a picture of my most successful quartet, called Partners In Time. Dave Heighway on the left, sang bass, Colin Carter, next to him, sang baritone (Ian Douglas relaced Colin when Colin moved away). I sang lead (usually the melody) and Dick Coles, on the right, sang tenor - almost entirely above the lead and usually sung falsetto. We won silver and bronze medals in the early '80's. There is one of our contest performances, with me on lead, on YouTube here - thanks to BABS & Aidan Brand.
You can probably tell from the lack of grey in the hair that this was a few years back and we are no longer together. But there are many quartets around at the moment, just click here to find out more. My most recent quartet (though short-lived) was called Vocal Maturity.Now though, Pete is essentially retired from performing, helping out both the Royal Harmonics and BABS occasionally with videoing duties.
Promoting the enjoyment of harmony singing in the Barbershop style in the UK is the British Association of Barbershop Singers, (BABS) from whom you can find out more about clubs in your area. BABS is affiliated to the American Barbershop Harmony Society, (previously known as SPEBSQSA), where you can learn about barbershop harmony in North America and throughout the world.