WHAT IS BARBERSHOP ?
Barbershop is a style of a cappella or unaccompanied singing in four part harmony.
The leads sing the melody with the tenors harmonising above the melody, the basses have the lowest harmonising part, while the baritones (sometimes known as the baris) complete the chord by weaving around the lead part filling out the chords and usually in the same range as the leads.
A barbershop quartet sing a cappella in the barbershop style with one person singing each part. We have one quartet in our chorus - The Hooty Ooos, who also sing with the chorus.
Barbershop singing originated in the United States in the last half of the 19th century, then enjoyed a revival in the 1930's. It was originally sung by men but women soon got in on the act and have been enjoying it ever since!