Our history


In May 1978 a group of people who were interested in four-part harmony singing in the Barbershop style got together. There were originally nine men and nine women. Over time, the women formed a separate group known as The Mayflower Chorus and the men formed a group called The Pilgrimaires.

The Mayflowers joined Sweet Adeline International; a women’s Barbershop organisation based in Tulsa, USA with over 30,000 members. At the annual convention The Mayflowers compete against other Sweet Adeline Choruses in the UK. Over the years we have been awarded ‘Best Small Chorus’ twice and have been placed in the Top 10 in the UK for the past 4 years. Since 2007 we have celebrated continued success in the local music festivals, including the Plymouth Music Festival and the Saltash Music Festival.

The chorus are always busy. We enjoy performing in and around Plymouth at various events and have sung on local TV and Radio. Our venues have included the Theatre Royal, The Athenaeum, the Sterts Theatre in Cornwall and the Plymouth Pavilions. We enjoy organising our own annual shows and have had some very successful fundraising events.

In 2008 the chorus celebrated their 30th Birthday with a party at The Duke of Cornwall hotel. We look forward to a future where we continue to entertain our many followers and welcome new members to the chorus so they can share this wonderful hobby with confidence and pride.