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Barbershop singing in Kent

The East Kent Chorus is the performing name of the Ashford Barbershop Harmony Club.  We sing unaccompanied four-part harmony in the barbershop style. Following a a ‘Learn To Sing’ course in 2009, the club started in January 2010. We have grown in size and in October 2013 another six members joined following another ‘Learn to Sing’.

The group performs as a classic Barbershop Quartet, an Octet (two of each part - see below) and the full chorus. Our repertoire consists of popular songs from the Edwardian era though to the present day and includes songs from shows, ballads, number one hits, Christmas songs and carols.

The group meets on a Thursday evening in Ashford, Kent.  If you are interested in becoming a member or booking the group to sing at an event please contact us.

Barbershop vocal harmony is a style of unaccompanied vocal music characterized by four-part chords for every melody note. Each of the four parts has its own role: generally, the lead sings the melody, the tenor harmonizes above the melody, the bass sings the lowest harmonizing notes, and the baritone completes the chord, usually below the lead. The melody is not usually sung by the tenor or bass, except for an infrequent note or two to avoid awkward voice leading, in tags or codas, or when some appropriate embellishment can be created. According to the Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS), "Barbershop music features songs with understandable lyrics and easily singable melodies.”


The voice parts in barbershop singing do not correspond closely to the correspondingly named voice parts in classical music. Barbershop singing is performed both by men's and women's groups; the elements of the barbershop style and the names of the voice parts are the same for both.

East Kent Chorus

How Barbershop works

”The convivial company of men of good character”

What do we do?

We meet in order to enjoy each other’s company and have fun. We strive to improve our singing, learn songs and understand the business of performing music. We seek to entertain others, promote barbershop singing in Kent and provide a high standard of performance.  We don’t have any political or religious affiliation, we don’t make a profit.  We are members of BABS (British Association of Barbershop Singers) and we compete at the National Convention and other competitions.  We are the 2015 winners of the unaccompanied choir category in the Hastings Music Festival.

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