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Welcome to Sing! 2023 International Barbershop Festival
24 & 25 March 2023, celebrating barbershop singing

The Sing! Festival (or convention as previous editions were known) is the two-yearly high point of our chorus and quartet agenda. For the year leading up, we prepare ourselves to bring our very best to the contest day. And then immerse ourselves in a weekend full of song, performance, afterglows and many encounters with other barbershoppers. We especially welcome all our international singer-friends to join us in this great spectacle.

Here you can read all about the program, contests and more.

2023 March 24- 25

 Programm Sing! 2023 Festival

The program consists of two full days. Friday is the quartet day; during the day the prelims for the Holland Harmony and International Competition will take place. The five best-scoring quartets from the two competitions (HH and International) will go through to the final in the evening.
The chorus contest will be held on Saturday, followed by the big show on Saturday evening; winners and guests will ensure a spectacular performance. Followed, of course, by an afterglow until the wee hours!


There will be four different contests taking place during the festival:

  • Holland Harmony Quartet Competition
  • Holland Harmony Chorus Competition
  • International Quartet Competition

Both the chorus and quartet contests are open for mens, womens, and mixed groups. The mens, womens and mixed choruses enter the Chorus contest, and the mens, womens and mixed quartets enter the Quartet contest. 

Chorus contest:
In these contests, the choruses perform two contestable songs which are suitable for the level for the chorus.
For more information about the chorus contests, see the Contest Rules

Quartet contest
The quartet contest is different to previous conventions; it now consists of two parts. During the day, all quartets compete in the prelim round with two contestable songs. The 5 best-scoring quartets out of both contests go through to the final on Friday evening. There they perform 2 songs, one of which is new. Quartets must therefore prepare 3 contestable songs. Any quartet which wishes to receive a BHS qualification score must sing 2 new songs in the final, and must have a total of 4 songs prepared. A BHS qualification score is important for quartets wanting to compete in the BHS convention in the USA.

For more information about the quartet contests, see the Contest Rules

Contest Rules / Competitie regelement

What requirements must a song meet? What are the judges looking for? Can I compete in two choruses during the competition?

For any questions about the Contest Rules, email our competition managers Madelon and Melanie:

Judging panel

The judging panel consists of 6 BHS*-qualified judges. Because all contests and categories will be scored by two judges, contestants are able to receive a qualifying score for the BHS International Convention in the USA. The judging panel per category:

Judging Panel Sing! 2023

David Wright

Cay Outerbridge

Andrew Rembecki

Matthew Fellows

Sandi Wright

Brian O’Dell

*BHS: Barbershop Harmony Society, the organisation of barbershop singers in the United States.

Orpheus Theater Apeldoorn

The Sing! 2023 Festival will take place in the Orpheus theatre in the centre of Apeldoorn. A modern, well-equipped venue with everything needed to accommodate our barbershop festival.The contests and shows will be taking place in the “Grote Zaal” , and the afterglow will sound wonderful in the foyers.

Any questions?

For any further questions, contact:

Festival team Sing! 2023

Festivalteam Sing! 2023
Rob VeltmanFestival manager
Madelon Dingemanse-Droppert en Melanie de JongeContest managers (administrators) / Chairman of Judges
Marco KoopmansFinance / Registration / Volunteers
Louis SmitsTheatre / technical facility / accommodation
Maria DriessenInformation/ communication
Thea van BergenShow & entertainment / secretary