Hallmark of Harmony is the male barbershop chorus of the Sheffield Barbershop Harmony Club and is based in Sheffield, England in the UK. They sing barbershop, which is a style of a cappella four-part close harmony.
They first formed in 1978 and have won medals in sixteen of the thirty seven years of competing at the British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) convention. Seven of them were Gold medals. In their first twenty five years, they were never outside the top four places in the UK out of a BABS membership of around sixty choruses. They fell from grace for a while, then, following the appointment of a new musical team, led by Andy Allen, and the recruitment of a whole new, young and talented membership, rose from 10th place in 2011 to bronze, silver then gold in successive years; a rise never before achieved in BABS history!
As BABS Chorus Champions for 2014, Hallmark of Harmony qualified for the 2015 Barbershop Harmony Society International Chorus Competition, effectively the world championships. This was held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in the USA, in July. Hallmark came a creditable 19th out of 28 choruses, with a score that is consistent with the highest scores they had been regularly achieving in the UK, but will not be satisfied with that position. Their continuing quest is constantly to improve the quality of their singing and performance. Onwards and upwards.
14th August 2015
Below is a link to a YouTube video of (one of) Hallmark’s performances as guests at this year’s BABS convention in Llandudno, North Wales. They were not permitted to compete this year as current Champions. [You can miss the first 55 seconds intro, if you want to cut to the chase quicker!].
2015 BABS – Hallmark Of Harmony – Cooler