Doug Harrington

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Doug Harrington began performing Gospel and Country music with his three older brothers at the age of four. By the time he was 6, he and his brothers (known as The Harrington Brothers) were opening for some of Country Music’s biggest stars at state fairs and Country showcases.

At the age of 10 Doug joined the Barbershop Harmony Society and for the next 10 years he spent his time learning how to perfect close harmony singing together with his talented brothers.  During that period Doug became the youngest International Quartet Medalist in Barbershop history (The Harrington Brothers 1984, age 15) and one of the youngest ever to win the International Quartet Championship (Second Edition 1989, age 20).

It was after winning his quartet gold medal in 1989 when Doug’s coaching career began to take flight. Coaching Barbershop, Pop, Folk, Jazz and Choral groups became a regular part of his schedule and soon after he began to add solo recording artists to his long list of clients. Today, Doug is one of the most popular vocal-ensemble and soloist coaches in the world. He specialises in facilitating musical flow and natural delivery of songs. He also possesses the amazing ability to hear all the harmony parts and rearrange chords on the fly to take the song in a direction that best suits the ensemble.

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In 2007 Doug founded the choir Zero8 in Sweden and served as their head musical director for nine years. He purposely built the choir with a high percentage of young singers and quickly gained notoriety for his ability to teach and develop young talent. He led Zero8 to many Nordic, European and global awards and in 2014 earned the title of Master Director for his achievements with Zero8. The choir has toured in Sweden, the US, Denmark, Germany, Holland, Spain, Russia, Georgia, Italy and the UK and has released five critically acclaimed albums.

Doug has served as faculty at Choral festivals and vocal music colleges such as Eurpoa Cantat, the Barbershop Harmony Society’s Harmony University and the British Association of Barbershop Singers’ Harmony College teaching courses in directing and how to build a choir from the ground up, as well as training up-and-coming vocal coaches.

Duncan Whinyates

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Duncan Whinyates has thirty years experience singing a capella competitively.

He joined his local club, the Anvil Chorus as a young boy and later enjoyed many years as their director. His quartet career has earned him five British championships across three voice parts. In addition, Duncan sang lead in Reckless, the first British quartet to make the elusive top twenty at the Barbershop Harmony Society international convention and earned a silver medal singing bass with mixed quartet Hannah and the Hurricanes at the mixed quartet World Championships.

Duncan grew up idolising the great American quartets, one of which was The Second Edition with Doug Harrington on baritone. To work alongside a childhood hero and building a high level vocal group is a dream come true.