Welcome To Cambridge Chord Company
Cambridge Chord Company is one of the best known a capella choruses in Europe and the leading barbershop chorus in the East of England. Our aim is to entertain our audiences through the unique power of the trained human voice in a manner they have never experienced before.
We bring joy, pathos, energy and laughter to our performance. Our repertoire, which is always grounded in the close four part harmonies of the barbershop style, includes songs from a variety of musical genres and spans many decades of the twentieth century.
Since Cambridge Chord Company was founded in 1990, we have enjoyed much success in competition, both in the UK and internationally. Under the direction of our founding Musical Director, Paul Davies, and Assistant MD Bob Croft, we have won British and European Barbershop Singing Championships and represented the UK in America, attaining the highest score achieved by a British chorus on the international stage and in 2004 were crowned Choir of the World at the Llangollen International Eisteddfod.
Under our new director Simon Hilton, we have continued to excel in national competition and entertain audiences with our unique mix of intricate harmonies and off-beat humour – and have quite a bit of fun in the process…!
The Men Behind The Music
Simon (Si) Hilton
With 35 years Barbershop experience, the last 10 with CCC as Assistant MD and vocal coach, Simon was the natural successor to Bob Croft. His professional approach along with his understanding of performance and vocal technique is perfect for the next phase of CCC’s development.
Outside CCC Simon coaches at national level and undertakes many BABS faculty duties at both Harmony and Directors colleges sharing his extensive knowledge and passion for the craft. Simon works as an aeronautics project manager during the day. In his spare time from work and barbershop he competes nationally in go-kart racing.
Steve Green Jnr.
Assistant Musical Director, Tenor Section Leader
Steve has been involved in barbershop singing for over 30 years since he joined his local chorus in Saffron Walden at the tender age of 12, which he later went on to direct, aged 18. He joined Cambridge Chord Company in 1998 and has a quartet gold medal which he won in 2004.
Steve sang tenor professionally with the Mainstreet Quartet at Disneyland Paris between 1992 and 1995 and took part in international television shows, radio broadcasts and stage shows at the theme park.
Performance and Competition
Above all we love to sing – whether it’s in a big auditorium, at a corporate venue, in a pub, or even to ourselves during rehearsals, but once a year we take part in the national competition arranged by the British Association of Barbershop Singers, or ‘BABS’ as it is affectionately known.
These events are always in towns with large convention centres to accommodate the thousands of barbershoppers who descend on them for the annual convention.
BABS Convention Results
2016 – Harrogate, placed 5th
2015 – Llandudno, placed 6th and small chorus champion
2014 – Harrogate, placed 7th
2013 – Bournemouth, placed 5th
2012 – Southport, placed 5th
Up Coming Events
10th December 2016 This year’s Christmas show will feature a varied repertoire from CCC including some seasonal favourites. Guest acts: Silver medal-winning barbershop quartet "Potobello Road" The Chanan Hanspal Trio Location St Paul’s Church Centre Hills Road...
8th October 2016 CCC delighted guests at this important private fund-raising event.