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. As well as singing with the full chorus, we are proud to have excellent quartet and octet groups among us.


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 "Sweet Dreams" 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 Portsmouth 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

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.


24th March: Fashion Show at Wallington Village Hall in aid of Rowans Hospice

25th March: LABBS AGM & Council Meeting in London

29th March: Holland Harmony Convention in Koningshof, Veldhoven

10th June: Waterlooville Music Festival: street singing

23rd July: Rowans Summer Fete at Lakeside

October: dates tbc: Christmas Chorus starts: 6 weeks of vocal tuition for £25.00

26th Oct: European Convention in Bournemouth

9th December: Cascades and Portsmouth Cathedral for Rowans Hospice

12th December: Friends & Family Christmas Show

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 8th March, 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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