Welcome 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 Barcelona in 2015, so please visit our Convention 2015 Page to find out more: En Armonía 2015 or contact Gail:
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