In this country the The British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) was established in 1974 and similarly, it holds annual conventions and contests. But The Sussex Harmonisers has history going back before that, as its origins can be traced to the first UK Barbershop chorus, which was formed in Crawley in 1964.

In early 2018 The Sussex Harmonisers became the first Barbershop club in the UK to have both male and female choruses – The Sussex Kings of Harmony for men and Sussex A Cappella for women. Although the men generally sing arrangements in the barbershop style, the women’s repertoire extends to other close harmony a cappella styles.

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