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. He handed over the mantle to Gail Grainger, who has done an excellent job in promoting SABS.
In April 2015, founder and Board member, Lyn Baines, took over as President and is ably assisted by the incoming Vice President, Barbara Burks.
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, Calpe in 2014, Málaga in 2015 and again in Calpe in 2016. We were pleased to welcome many European guests who took part in our third international contest in Calpe 2016 and details of En Armonía 2017 will soon be available on the website. Numbers are limited, so make sure that you register soon and take advantage of the Early Bird savings.
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 third Harmony College planned for October 2017 in Los Alcázares and singing workshops throughout Spain and Portugal.
According to delegate feedback, En Armonía 2016 was our best convention yet. We’d love to see you in Málaga in 2017.
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