Preparations underway for singalong in Sutton with UK’s first barbershop harmony festival


Free activities are taking place throughout tomorrow.


By James Cozens

Barbershop harmony choruses will entertain Sutton in the first grass-roots festival of its kind in the UK on Saturday.

The Barbershop Harmony Festival is inviting the public to sing along with six choruses of up to 120 barbershop singers spread out across the town centre from 11.30-15.30.

Festival organisers are offering free activities during the day, finishing up with the Big Sutton Barbershop Show at the Secombe Centre at 19.30.

The festival is the brainchild of Capital Chorus member John Beesley, 53, who admits that most people think that Barbershop singing had died out.

John decided to raise the awareness by gathering as many choruses together as possible for a festival.

“We want to show people what we do,” he said.

“On Saturday people will be able to just stop and listen – and enjoy a coffee – or give it a go and just get a feel for it.”

Free activities include the chance to have a go at a 4-part harmony at the Sutton Music Centre between 13.00 and 14.00, as well as to partake in a ‘Discover Your Voice’ workshop hosted by award-winning barbershop singer Timm Barkworth.

At least 26 people have already signed up to the 3-hour workshop, starting at 14.00.

John was also appreciative of the Sutton Council for getting behind the festival.

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