Score for The Old Songs

The VIPs singing "An Old Barbershop Song"

Welcome to The VIPs

A Men's Chorus in Suffolk, singing close harmony A Capella music in the Barbershop style.

Our repertoire includes 4-part arrangements of popular songs from recent decades as well as “proper” Barbershop from earlier in the 1900s. We like to perform for Suffolk audiences around half a dozen times a year and we sometimes go out onto the streets of our local towns and busk, just for the fun of it.

We love to share the stage with other choirs, so if your choir is looking for a guest spot to ring the changes, do get in touch. We'd love to hear from you. Just mail our Secretary at:-

Our regular rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings, from 7.45 to 10.15 pm, at

Norton Village Hall
Ixworth Road, Norton,
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
IP31 3LP

You can find Norton Village Hall from their village web site at

We are happy to welcome new singers any time of the year, so why don’t you come along to one of our regular rehearsal evenings to have a listen?

Here are two of our newest members being presented with their certificates after successfully passing their auditions.

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Daniel receiving his certificate
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Neil, clearly happy to be joining us!

Have a go, and talk to us about what’s involved?

If you want to just turn up, please let us know in advance if you can. Call or text the Secretary, Chris Hamilton, on:
Leave a message if there is no reply, or for more information please email us at:

We allow at least 6 weeks for you to find out whether you like our style, during which time we can find out which part best suits your voice. You will be provided with a couple of songs to learn, and you will find out whether you enjoy singing along.

The first 6 weeks are completely free. After that, if you are ready, we will ask for a very informal audition, in private, to find out if you can sing one of the songs from memory and hold your tune against the other three parts in Quartet. It's not nearly as serious as it sounds. If you are successful, you will be enrolled as a probationer, looking to learn more of our repertoire.

We charge £12.00 per month for membership (£6.00 per month for 26 years and under) which includes Hall Hire, some uniform and annual membership of the national British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS). You can find out more about our brand of singing on their web site

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