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Join the Barbershop Festival 2021 in the Netherlands and Sing!

We are very excited to announce that the 2021 Holland Harmony Barbershop Singing Festival (formerly known as Holland Harmony convention), now includes an international competition for choruses and quartets, male/female/mixed, without a need to qualify.
We like to invite all barber shoppers around the world to this three-day Barbershop event in Eindhoven in the beautiful southern part of the Netherlands. Meet old friends, make new ones, perform for a top-notch BHS jury, enjoy great shows and sing along in afterglows.

The festival venue is a one-in-a-million and includes hotel rooms, restaurants, all rehearsal rooms, the stage, bars and coffee corners all under one roof.

Come join us at the NH Hotel de Koningshof in Eindhoven,

5-7 February 2021

Timetable at a glance

A full timetable will be published as soon as details are finalised

International competition : everyone can join!

The Sing! Festival includes a national and an international competition. Please note that this is not the European Convention: choruses or quartets don’t need to qualify. This is an excellent opportunity to sing in front of a BHS jury. And this gives your ensemble the chance to qualify for participating in the BHS competition in 2022, which now also will be open for female ensembles. All participants can have a power coaching by one of the judges, on either Saturday or Sunday. Exactly when, depends on the number of participating choruses and quartets.

The venue: Hotel NH Eindhoven Conference Centre Koningshof

The Festival venue is Hotel NH Eindhoven Conference Centre Koningshof. Eindhoven is a city in de south of the Netherlands, one hour and a half hour drive from the capital Amsterdam.

The venue suits the Festival very well because it offers all requirements for a great barbershop weekend under one roof: a theatre for shows and contests, rehearsal rooms that can be rented at a fair price, hotel rooms and several restaurants. Lunch and dinner vouchers can be ordered up front. This will ensure you are back in time for competition or shows (unless you must perform on stage). You can book your stay, order meals and register at the same time.

Cost of registration

Participants:                                          € 120, – (anyone under 30 has a 50% discount)

Passe-partout (visitors):                         € 85, –

Cost of stay at the Conference Centre Koningshof

Double room, occupancy two persons  € 100 per room per night, including breakfast and bathroom with shower and toilet en suite.

Lunch voucher:                      € 20 per person per day, available on Friday and Saturday

Dinner voucher                       € 27 per person per day, available on Friday and Saturday

Sign up

To register, please email us at prior to 31st August, 2020

For now, we will only need the chorus or quartet name, the contact person with email address and the probable number of people joining (when you participate as a chorus).

Later in the year, you will receive our request to fill out a form with detailed informations. People joining you, not being a member of the chorus or quartet, can also be entered on the form. The form will also include directions for payment.

Contest order

The official draw for the order of appearance will be done by the chair of Holland Harmony. The order of appearance will be entered on the website in due time.


We have secured 6 BHS-qualified judges:

Performance Judy Poszgay
Shawn Mondragon
MusicPatrick McAlexander
Cary Burns
Singing Matthew Fellows
Andrew Rembecki


Please address any questions concerning the competition to Anne Loes Gordijn:

For more info concerning registration and payment, please contact Merijn van den Hout:

The Festival Team

Rob Veltman: voorzitter Festivalteam Voor de tweede keer mag ik het team leiden dat het festival (eerder conventie) organiseert. We zijn met zes personen die ontzettend gemotiveerd zijn om het festival Sing! 2021 tot een daverend succes te maken. Het is heel fijn dat er nog steeds zulke geweldige mensen binnen Holland Harmony zijn die zo’n klus kunnen en willen doen. Ik ben daarom erg trots op dit team ! Het thema van ons festival “Sing!”spreekt me enorm aan, omdat het in de kern is wat ons allemaal bindt binnen Holland Harmony en meer algemeen binnen de barbershopwereld. Zingen is waarom het draait, of dat nu tijdens de competitie is of tijdens de vele gezellige evenementen tijdens dit weekend. Met festival Sing! 2021 hopen we tevens mensen van buiten de barbershopwereld te interesseren voor onze muziek. Zelf ga ik ook meezingen. Bij  T-Sing! ben ik enthousiast geworden over de ambitieuze benadering van het barbershoppen. Steeds met elkaar blijven werken om op een next level te komen met professionele zang. Verder ga ik tijdens het weekend genieten van al die ontmoetingen met collega’s en vrienden waarmee ik deze fantastische hobby deel. Het is ook hartstikke leuk dat we deze keer ook deelnemers uit andere landen mogen begroeten. Het is mooi om te horen en te ervaren hoe barbershop in andere landen wordt beleefd. Dat verrijkt onze barbershop-horizon. Het jeugdkoor is de toekomst van barbershop. We geven hen een speciale plaats, om duidelijk te maken dat barbershop voor en van alle leeftijden is. Ik wens iedereen een fantastisch festival toe. Geniet van het zingen en van elkaar.

Thea van Bergen:  shows- and entertainment “Sing! Sing! Ja….zing! Zingen….. dat ís mijn leven van jongs af aan en nog steeds ben ik actief in het koor en met mijn zussen. Mijn motto is: een dag niet gezongen is een dag niet geleefd! En wat heerlijk dat er zóveel mensen zijn die óók zingen in onze barbershop-organisatie. Ik draag graag mijn steentje bij om het barbershop singing festival ook in 2021 weer tot een feestje te maken! Ik hoop dat jullie er allemaal zijn, zodat we samen kunnen zingen!”

Louis Smits : facility en techniek tijdens Sing! 2021. “Een leuke en spannende klus om te doen met alle voorbereidingen die er gedaan moeten worden. Ik woon is ’s-Hertogenbosch en begon al met zingen in 1995 bij de Duketown Barbershop Singers. Daarna in diverse kwartetten en sinds 2015 bij het Tilburgse mannenkoor T-SiNG!. Ik vind het heerlijk om tenor te zingen en doe er veel voor. Wij doen ons uiterste best om het festival voor iedereen aantrekkelijk te maken. Ik hoop dat jullie allemaal een prachtig weekend gaan meemaken en daarvoor een goede voorbereiding zullen hebben.”   

Anne Loes Gordijn: Chairman of judges “Hello, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Anne Loes and the official title this weekend is chairman of judges. This means that I’m responsible for the entire competition and all members of the jury, during these 3 great barbershop days. It’s quite a job and my organizational skills are tested to the max not to mention any ad-hoc events or mishaps that may need responding to, during the competition. But that’s fine as I’ll do everything needed to make all of us have a wonderful weekend and a beautiful and fair competition. I’ve been singing barbershop for some 28 years now and have been a baritone always. I just love the semitones and always look for the harmony, both in- and outside of singing. I wish you all loads of success and a passionate, fascinating and beautiful weekend in these new “roaring twenties”

Merijn van den Hout: financiën “Hi, my name is Merijn van den Hout. I discovered the barbershop style of singing 5 years ago, and have loved it ever since. I especially enjoy the singing of tags, which I think is a very typical barbershop thing. It can easily bring together people from all over the world, as they will always know some shared tags. It is also perfect for singing with friends and family who would ordinarily not sing on their own, I would encourage everyone to try this and bring more great music to the world!
I’m happy to contribute to the great event that will be the Sing festival of 2021. I will be there competing with my chorus, T-SiNG!. And I will enjoy myself by listening to all the other amazing people that will come to sing and have fun!”

Maria Driessen: Communication “This is a challenge for a, slightly chaotic, communication designer like me: make sure everyone in the barbershop world and beyond knows all about our fantastic event and (this is the tricky part) that every participant is wel informed of all the details. Besides this job I will of course go and sing along as a baritone in my chorus the Southern Comfort Barber Gals. See you at Sing! 2021 “