About Us

The Pitchpipers started in Havant, Hampshire in 1976 with a few singers in the front room of our founder member, Marilyn Penketh. Since that time the chorus has gone from strength to strength within the Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers (LABBS).


Our chorus has a great bunch of active members - and there's always room for more. 


We have a wide repertoire of songs ranging from traditional barbershop tunes such as "Give Me a Barbershop Song" to contemporary numbers including "It's Raining Men" and "Rolling In The Deep" plus lots in between... so there’s something for everyone!


For the festive season our membership increases as more ladies join us to sing everyones favourite carols, as The Pitchpipers Ladies Christmas Chorus.  It's a fun and easy way to give harmony singing a try . We have loads of fun singing in the local area raising money for local causes, it feels good and it does you good - so why not join us? Email us for more details.


You can have a peek at what we do in this video.  We filmed our "Diva Day" back in February 2015 when we arranged for singers from all over the south to join together.  Karen Penketh was our delightful MD for the day (she co-wrote the music!) and we had superb coaching in performance skills from Theresa Weatherbee ( she's an international coach and judge).

We hope you enjoy 'Barbershop Joe' as much as we did! 

Book Us

We love to 'sing out' at:

  • Charity events
  • Weddings
  • Parties
  • Corporate functions
  • Fairs and festivals 

If you are organising an event and would like more information about our rates and availability, please email us.


Forthcoming Events

In 2016, we enjoyed a wonderful Christmas season raising money for our favourite charities. Rowans Hospice, Diabetes UK, Jack's Place, Naomi Hospice & British Heart Foundation amongst others.

Perhaps you'd love to join our Christmas Chorus this coming October 2017? Six weeks of learning Christmas songs before launching ourselves to the public. Great fun and fabulous harmonies! We are already booked to sing for Rowans Hospice in Cascades on 9th December as well as having a show in the evening at St Colman's Church, Cosham,


17th October: Christmas Chorus starts: 6 weeks of vocal tuition for £25.00

26th October: European Convention in Bournemouth

30th November: singing in Fareham

3rd December: Wickham Christmas Fair

9th December: afternoon Cascades for Rowans Hospice, evening concert at St Colman's Church, Cosham - proceeds to local charity

10th December: Singing at 11am at the Boardwalk, Port Solent and 3pm at Buriton Church

12th December: Friends & Family Christmas Show, St Philips Church Hall, Hawthorn Cres., Cosham

13th December: Singing in Meridian centre, Havant time tba

16th December: Singing at 2pm in Meridian centre, Havant

17th December: Singing at Fareham shopping centre, time tba

19th December: Pitchpipers Christmas Dinner at The Chairmakers, Worlds End, Denmead 


In you would like to book us for a charity event, birthday, wedding or any type of celebration please email us.


Last updated 14th September, 2017




Find us:

Every Tuesday evening from 7.30pm till 10pm at:

     St Philip’s Church Hall,

     Hawthorn Crescent,

     Cosham, Portsmouth,

     PO6 2TL

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Contact us today!

Email our Musical Director Marilyn Penketh via


or phone her on 02392 460 227

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