Barbershop Takes Costa del Sol by Storm!


Some 600 barbershop aficionados took Benalmádena by storm when they arrived for their fourth annual convention last weekend. This is the first time that the Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers (SABS) has based its event on the Costa del Sol. “Our delegates come from all over Europe, and we are keen to establish convention venues with excellent travel connections and accommodation.” said SABS Vice President, Lyn Baines. “This is the first time that we have hosted this international event in Benalmádena and we are very pleased with the results”.

Talk Radio Europe’s Mark Curry interviewed ‘Cleftomania’, a SABS mixed quartet from the Algarve in Portugal, on his show ‘Curry for Breakfast’ to introduce the event to audiences and he was very impressed with the high standard of performances when he attended the SABS Saturday show.

Delegates were based in the Sunset Beach Club Hotel and the Torrequebrada Hotel, with shows and contests taking place in the Sala Fortuna at the Torrequebrada Hotel, where SABS also held its first-ever international quartet and chorus contests. Local choruses and quartets attended: Spangles chorus, Viva and Fénix quartets from Los Alcázares, and Torrevieja Harmonisers, FourMidables and The Velvetones from Torrevieja. Spangles was performing as outgoing champions and will compete again in 2013 in Alicante, but they are delighted that their Fénix quartet won a bronze medal against stiff competition, with FourMidables men’s quartet winning silver for the second year running in the SABS national contest.

The international contest attracted choruses and quartets from England, Ireland and Holland and the chorus contest was a closely fought event, with two English ladies’ choruses, Heartbeat from Stockport and Cheshire Chord Company from Warrington, just 3 points apart; Heartbeat were crowned the new SABS International champions, with the silver medal going to Cheshire Chord Company and the bronze to Mixed-Q from Holland.

Photos by Vincent de Vries Photography

The international quartet contest saw some phenomenal performances for what is essentially an amateur hobby, with Echo quartet from Manchester becoming SABS International champions, closely followed by Miss-Demeanour with silver and The Mix winning bronze on their first outing as a quartet.

It was a bumper harvest for SABS members from Madrid, with ‘Barberidad’ men’s chorus scooping the SABS Chorus champion title and ‘Investigators’ men’s quartet winning the SABS Quartet champion title for the second time since 2010. ‘Bella A Cappella’, mixed chorus from Portugal, won the silver medal and ‘Southern Sound’, mixed chorus from Fuengirola, won the bronze medal.

The next SABS annual convention is scheduled for Alicante from 11-14 April 2013 and the national and international contests will be held in the prestigious new Auditorio de la Diputación. If you are interested in attending this event or would like to know more about SABS, you can find information on the SABS website: or contact by email: or

En Armonía 2012


Nuestra cuarta convención ‘En Armonía 2012’ tendrá lugar en Benalmádena, Málaga, en la Costa del Sol entre el Jueves 22 de Marzo y el Domingo 25 de Marzo. Tenemos 600 delegados que llegarán y se alojarán en el Hotel Sunset Beach Club y el Hotel Torrequebrada.

Por primera vez, además de nuestros concursos nacionales de SABS, tendremos concursos Internacionales de Cuartetos y Coros. Tenemos invitados de los Estados Unidos, Holanda, Irlanda y Reino Unido y promete ser un fin de semana fantástico, con dos shows en el teatro de la Sala Fortuna del Hotel Torrequebrada, con algunos de los mejores coros y cuartetos de Europa. Puede obtener información de los eventos pulsando la pestaña “SABS Convention” en la parte superior. A continuación se pueden ver algunas imágenes de alguno de los grupos que intervendrán.


Our fourth convention ‘En Armonía 2012’ is being held in Benalmádena, Málaga, on the Costa del Sol between Thursday, 22 March and Sunday, 25 March. We have almost 600 delegates arriving and staying at the Sunset Beach Club Hotel and the Torrequebrada Hotel.

For the first time ever, in addition to our SABS national contests, we will be holding International Quartet and Chorus Contests. We have guests from the USA, Holland, Ireland and the UK and it promises to be a fantastic weekend, with two shows at the Torrequebrada’s Sala Fortuna theatre, with some of the best choruses and quartets in Europe. You can obtain information of the events by clicking the ‘SABS Convention’ tab above. Here’s our illustrious line-up: