It’s with sadness to say that our very own Bob Walker has decided to lay down his judging pencil and retire from the Guild of Judges Performance Category.

Here is a little of Bobs illustrious life in Barbershop...  



Bob Walker joined the Houston Tidelanders Chorus in 1968.  He sang on stage with them at the 1969 Barbershop Harmony Society (then called ‘SPEBSQSA’) International Contest in St Louis where they were Silver Medallists.  His quartet activities started early, having formed a novice quartet within a week of joining the chapter!

On returning to the UK that year, he joined the Crawley Chordsmen, taking over as Musical Director in 1974 and directing them to four BABS Chorus Championships.  In 1999 he was appointed Musical Director of the Gold Coast Barbershop Chorus, the ‘Blenders’, in Australia, during which time he directed them in the BHS International Chorus Contest in Anaheim, CA.  In September of that year they won the Australian Barbershop Society's Chorus Championship under his direction.

He was the first chairman of the BABS Music Committee, responsible for music education in the Association.  In 1979 he organised the first Harmony College and until recently continued to form part of the faulty.  He was BABS Chairman for 1992/93.

Quartet Gold Medals were gained with The Ringleaders and Fortunairs quartets.  The latter subsequently went on to become BABS Seniors Champs and to place fourth in the BHS Seniors Quartet Contest in Jacksonville FL.  He currently sings tenor, his original part, with the Stepping Out quartet.

He was privileged to be on the faculty of the BHS Harmony College in 1984 as a quartet coach, and continues to coach both quartets and choruses actively.  He has served as Category Director of the Arrangement, Interpretation and Presentation Categories in the BABS Guild of Judges.  He was also a BHS Certified Presentation Judge for fourteen years and regularly served as a member of official judging panels in the States and Canada.


He started arranging barbershop harmony very soon after joining the hobby.  He has had numerous charts sung by quartets and choruses in shows and contests and was 'unofficial staff arranger' for the Thursdayairs performance class at BABS Harmony College for many years.  He loves to arrange, saying that 'you only hear the best quartets in your head' when you do so.