Join Sean Bui, Music Director and Stuart Owen, Assistant Music Director of The Royal Harmonics, one of the UK's top barbershop choruses, as they share their personal musical journeys and influences, what it takes to deliver outstanding barbershop quartet and chorus performances, and their vision for The Royal Harmonics.
 
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Sean Bui 

Sean is an experienced conductor, composer, and singer, with a background in music editing, having worked for Oxford University Press before focusing on a freelance conducting career. He read Music at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he received both his undergraduate and Master’s degrees. During university he joined The Choir of The Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor Great Park, subsequently becoming Composer in Residence in 2008 and Assistant Director of Music in 2009. 

In 2011, Sean co-founded Quire Voices. A chamber choir known for their unique and engaging performances, they perform to a high standard and have been featured on Classic FM alongside The Band of The Household Cavalry as well as performing alongside The Orpheus Sinfonia and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Sean subsequently became the Musical Director of Spelthorne Choral Society in 2015 and diversified his conducting when he became Chorus Director of The Royal Harmonicsand The Knights of Harmony in 2016 and 2017 respectively. 

Sean regularly conducts other project-based choirs during the year, including The Royal Automobile Club Choir and Marlow Choral Society and was Assistant Director of Music for the Windsor Castle Pantomime production of ‘Aladdin’ in the Waterloo Chamber, Windsor Castle. 

As a professional singer and singing teacher, Sean has a keen interest in vocal technique, having participated in training with Janice Chapman and Ron Morris at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His past solo performances include the ‘Mozart Requiem’ and ‘Great Mass in C minor’. Sean formerly sang lead in the barbershop quartet Royal Standard having previously won a gold medal with his quartet First Edition at the IABS Convention in 2017.

Stuart Owens

Has been singing Barbershop since 1991 - he is married to the lovely Helen who also sings barbershop with the International finalist ladies quartet Finesse. 

In 1993, Stuart was invited by Nickelodeon quartet, in the guise of the Disneyland Paris ‘Mainstreet Quartet’ to join them to sing in the Magic Kingdom for 9 months, - what an amazing experience! 

A quartet called Prime Time was formed by Stuart in 2000 and after two bronze medals, the quartet won Gold in 2004, going on to represent BABS at the Barbershop Harmony Society international quartet contest in 2005. 

He then repeated this achievement in 2009 with Evolution, who went on to compete on the international stage twice (2010 & 2011). 

Stuart achieved his third Gold with Portobello Road in 2017 and having competed in the international contest a further two times 

Stuart is now in a new quartet called Royal Standard, he currently chat’s to his new quartet members over Zoom (thanks Covid!) 

On top of all this... Stuart has won many accolades in chorus with The Cambridge Chord Company (Including the prestigious ‘Choir of the World’ title at the renowned international Eisteddfod) and 4 times BABS champion chorus. 

It’s fair to say that Barbershop is a large part of Stuart’s life!