Nottingham, 7 - 9 February 2020
The fifth annual UK Harmony Brigade 'Rally' will be held from Friday 7 February to Sunday 9 February 2020 at the De Vere Jubilee Conference Centre Hotel on the Jubilee campus of the University of Nottingham.
Extreme Quartet singing is not new to the UK; the Extreme Quartets stream of the BABS Harmony College has just had its fifth successful year. However, the harmony college stream is less intense (with 'only' six songs to learn), and with an educational objective to fulfill.
The full Harmony Brigade is all about the challenge and enjoyment of quartet singing, and participants are to come fully prepared on all songs.
With a random-draw quartet competition, a Saturday night show open to the public, and plenty of time for free quartet singing, the Brigade is an exhausting but very satisfying event for the quartet enthusiast.
We welcome experienced barbershop quartet singers from all across Europe and the world. UKHB 2019 will start in the afternoon of Friday, 8 February, and run until after breakfast on Sunday, 10 February. Obviously, the singing will continue late into the night. The total basic cost of the Brigade is £2xx (GBP 2xx) per person, which includes music, learning tracks, two nights in a shared room, meals, coffee/tea, and use of the conference facilities. You may cancel your registration on or before 25 November 2019 (and receive a partial refund), but no refund is available for cancellation received after 25 November 2019 (see cancellation policy). Upgrade options for additional nights in the hotel, packages for accompanying family or guests, and single occupancy of a room are available and will be detailed separately after registrations are received. Your registration is not activated until you have made payment.
Application to UKHB will start in September 2019 and will close on 30 September 2019. On the application form, we will ask you about your singing experience, especially with regard to singing in a quartet.
UKHB is a mixed event, and we welcome both male and female singers. We will sing arrangements for male voices, but we have chosen the songs specifically for their mixed singability. That means the parts for tenor, lead, and baritone should be singable by both male and female barbershoppers. However, you need to choose your part based on your vocal range and not solely based on the part that you usually sing. Please check our FAQ for a list of typical ranges for each part. The women participating in the first UK Harmony Brigade sang tenor, lead or baritone, and this worked well for most of them.
We will sing a shared repertoire of twelve fun and challenging arrangements, which will be distributed electronically (sheet music and learning tracks) to all participants as of about four months before the Brigade, once the copyright approvals are received. This repertoire overlaps considerably with that of other Brigades. If you participate in any of the Brigades in the AXQHB, many of the arrangements you learn can be sung in other brigades.
For more detailed information and other questions please check our FAQ.
Policy for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults
The UK Harmony Brigade is committed to providing an environment for its activities that is safe and enjoyable for everyone. We have adopted a policy to ensure adequate protections for children and vulnerable adults.
De Vere Jubilee Conference Centre Hotel
Jubilee Campus of Nottingham University
Nottingham NG7 2TU
Directions: visit their website:
NOTE: this is NOT the same campus where we held our event in 2016 - 2018. We are now at the Jubilee Campus of the University of Nottingham, where the BABS Harmony College is held.
NOTE: Kenyon Road is newly opened and your satnav may not find it. If you go to the Rose and Crown Pub on Derby Road (A6200), face the pub from the street and kenyon Road will be about 50 metres on your left (in between an ancient wall and a modern building). This will take you to the hotel.
The participants of the UK Harmony Brigade have donated to a Scholarship Fund which allows us to help fund the participation of young singers.
A reduced Brigade fee has been established for all participants who will be under the age of 26 at the start of the event (7 February 2020).
Financial assistance for attending the event is also available for a limited number of participants. The organising committee will determine the extent of financial assistance to be offered depending on the number and qualifications of the applicants.
To submit a request for assistance, go to our Scholarship Fund page
The UK Harmony Brigade operates as a UK charity, a not-for-profit organisation. The work to organise and run the Brigade is provided by unpaid volunteers.
Lindley Gram : Overall Coordination; Trustee
Hugh Parker : Trustee and Treasurer
Jake Waghorn: Show Coordination
Mary Williams: Publicity
Noey McElwee : Trustee; Singouts, Meals
Martyn Lapworth : Head of Music team and Performance Checking Team
Kevin Barnes : Contest Coordination
Kevan Liebling : Trustee; Member of Music Team
website: Lindley Gram
Learning Your Music
Music learning is a key element of preparing for Harmony Brigade. Find out more about using Audacity free multi-track software for this purpose