Gail Grainger - PresidentWelcome to the home of SABS, the Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers. The Association was inaugurated in October 2008 and was the brainchild of Nico de las Peñas and his brother Jorge, after a visit to their first-ever Harmony College in Coesfeld, Germany.  SABS has become a reality because of their tenacity, enthusiasm and determination and Nico was a natural choice as our first President. In 2012, he handed over the mantle to Gail Grainger, who is enthusiastic about promoting barbershop throughout Spain and Portugal.

As a young association, we are still spreading the barbershop word and building our membership, which currently stands at over 200, comprising men’s, women’s and mixed groups from all around Spain and Portugal. We celebrated our first-ever festival of barbershop in Spain with ‘En Armonía’™ in June 2009 and we were delighted to welcome UK’s Finesse ladies’ quartet and two of the 2012 BHS champions Ringmasters “ Martin and Rasmus“ from Stockholm, Sweden. Our first true get-together was attended by almost all our members and was a resounding success.

How things have moved on, with successful conventions in Madrid in 2010, Murcia in 2011, Malága in 2012 and 2013, and Calpe in 2014. We were pleased to welcome many European guests and held our second international contest in Calpe 2014.

We truly appreciate the support and encouragement from barbershoppers from all over the world and we continue to encourage more people to embrace this unique artform of ours with our first Harmony College and singing workshops throughout Spain and Portugal.

According to delegate feedback, En Armonía 2014 was our best convention yet. We’d love to see you in Málaga in 2015, so please visit our Convention 2015 Page to find out more: En Armonía 2015 or contact Gail:

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Here are our 2014 National medal-winners:

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Lex Hensbroek June 21, 2013 at 5:42 am

Is it posible for mixed quartets to join in the competition 2014?


Lyn June 21, 2013 at 6:19 am

Hello Lex – Yes, it is possible to enter mixed quartets in the contest. Email gail@sabs.es if you have any queries.

marinus stok December 7, 2013 at 10:25 pm

I hope to meet you, barbershoppers in a warm and friendly Calpe, as a member of the Costa Blanca Barbershop Choir.

Lyn December 7, 2013 at 10:28 pm

We’re looking forward to our convention in Calpe and to meeting our friends, The Costa Barber Singers, again.

Deirdre, Ireland Unlimited April 6, 2014 at 4:20 pm

Just to say a HUGE thanks to all who were involved in the 2014 convention – we had a super time and will be back…..and that’s a promise.

Lyn April 6, 2014 at 5:12 pm

Ireland Unlimited is always welcome here and it was lovely to see you ladies win your bronze medal this weekend. We look forward to seeing you all again soon!

Ursula Lindeman April 8, 2014 at 6:17 pm

Thank you for a great convention in the beautiful town of Calpe, everything was organized perfect. As a member of Harmony from Holland Chorus, I am very thrilled with our fourth place ;) hope to see you in Barcelona as a guest next year. ( I promised the boys from Hanfris) so not adios but hasta luego :)

Lyn April 9, 2014 at 5:06 pm

We’re delighted that you enjoyed our convention in Calpe and congratulations on your fourth place with Harmony from Holland Chorus. We hope to see you in Barcelona next year.

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