A PERSHORE-based barbershop chorus is taking on some of the best of British singers this weekend at a competition in Yorkshire.

Vale Harmony will be among 46 barbershop choruses competing in Harrogate at the annual convention of the British Association of Barbershop Singers, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

It is the first time in seven years the capella close harmony male chorus has taken part in the Convention and are confident it will do well.

Chris Hartwright, Musical Director of Tibberton, said: "We've made tremendous strides in our performances in the past two years and we're delighted to be part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of BABS.

"There'll be top choruses from across the UK taking part but we're sure we'll give a good account of ourselves."

Last Saturday , 15 singers in Vale Harmony came close to winning the A.N. Price Challenge Cup at the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts, just two points behind the victors, Peterborough Male Voice Choir.

Vale Harmony, which rehearses at Fladbury village hall every Wednesday, will also be performing in this year's Pershore Plum Fayre on Bank Holiday Monday.