The Barberettes are an award winning, versatile and vibrant group of singers who sing in four part a cappella harmony and Barbershop styles. We are an entertaining chorus with a wide repertoire of popular and seasonal songs including ballads, pop, barbershop and some just plain fun. We have performed at all kinds of events, from Christmas dinners and craft fairs to weddings and retirement parties - contact us and let us know your requirements and we can arrange a programme to suit you.
BassAs Low As You Can Get
A strong bass section is important to any barbershop chorus. They sing the lowest notes in the chord, giving the essential foundation for the harmonies above. Singers who would naturally gravitate to the 'alto' section in a classical choir, and prefer to avoid higher notes, are able to use their rich, mellow voices to give the rhythm and fundamentals for the whole chorus sound.
LeadsOut In Front Without Fear
Our leads take the melody line most of the time, confidently singing the 'tune'. They are often the main part responsible for conveying the emotion and inflections in songs, adding warmth and colour but without too much vibrato which might upset the chords. The notes required for this part fall within the average range for most women's voices, equivalent to a lower 'soprano' singer who prefers to avoid the highest notes.
TenorsFairies On The Top
The tenors are the smallest section in any barbershop chorus. They sing the highest harmony notes in the chord, consistently above the melody line. A light and pure tone in the voice allows this not to overpower the melody below, as the tenors sit as the 'fairies on top' of the ringing barbershop chords. This part naturally suits light and lyrical sopranos, comfortable with singing higher notes.
BaritonesAll Over The Place
Baritones sing within a very similar pitch range to the Lead part, weaving their notes above and below the melody to fill out any missing notes in the chords. They listen carefully to the sound around them, adjusting their notes subtly to balance the pitch and volume, so it helps to have a good ear for music. This part is ideal for singers with an average pitch range, but who enjoy the challenge of singing an interesting harmony line.