The King’s Singers

Vocal Ensemble

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The King’s Singers

Vocal Ensemble

The superlative vocal sextet
The Times

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Acclaimed for their life-affirming virtuosity and irresistible charm, The King's Singers are in global demand. Their work - synonymous with the best in vocal ensemble performance - appeals to a vast international audience.

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Patrick Dunachie Countertenor
Timothy Wayne-Wright Countertenor
Julian Gregory Tenor
Christopher Bruerton Baritone
Christopher Gabbitas Baritone
Jonathan Howard Bass

Acclaimed worldwide for their virtuosity, life-affirming energy and charm, The King’s Singers are in global demand. The group tours across Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australasia performing to hundreds of thousands of people each season. Instantly recognisable for their immaculate intonation, vocal blend, diction and incisive timing, The King’s Singers are consummate entertainers. Their repertoire has evolved to become one of the most diverse imaginable with over 200 commissions from leading composers including Luciano Berio, György Ligeti, Sir James MacMillan, Krzysztof Penderecki, Toru Takemitsu, Sir John Tavener, Gabriela Lena Frank and Eric Whitacre alongside a significant collection of close harmony arrangements from jazz standards to pop chart hits. In June 2017, the group will host their inaugural U.S. Summer School at DePauw University, Indiana and in July 2017 will return for their 3rd U.K. Summer School at Royal Holloway (part of the University of London) where they are also Ensemble in Residence. Recently voted into the Gramophone Hall of Fame and with two Grammy® Awards to their name, rave reviews and sell-out concerts confirm that The King’s Singers remain one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles.

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Reviews —

The King’s Singers oozed class … the musical qualities they embody – pinpoint precision, total rapport, crisp diction, faultless tuning and a seemingly effortless ability to switch between different stylistic requirements – are so evident.

The Times

Perfection!

Le Dauphiné

The superlative vocal sextet.

The Times

...a typically far-ranging, stylistically diverse and impeccably tuned programme...frequently leaving one amazed at how six voices can achieve such rich sonority and long fluid lines.

Gramophone

They remain consummate entertainers.

The Boston Globe

its programme elegantly constructed and beautifully performed by the King’s Singers.

Classic FM Magazine

One can’t but admire the impeccable intonation, rhythmic precision and immaculate ensemble of this performance…

BBC Music Magazine

No coffee or whisky blend matches the suavity of the unaccompanied King's Singers. Their intonation is excellent in this sumptuous collection of Spanish, Portuguese and Mexican church Music.

The Times

…if you're new to the King's Singers, one listen to this entertaining, characterful concert will have you looking for more.”

Classics Today

“… joined together [The King’s Singers] bond into a bright rainbow of colours – just right for the music’s sunny demeanour.

The Sunday Times

Selected Discography —

Christmas Songbook

The King’s Singers follow their recent Great American Songbook album with the Christmas equivalent, on a disc that pays homage to the group’s roots whilst acknowledging their current passion for swing.

How Fair Thou Art: Biblical Passions by Palestrina

The King’s Singers return with a new early-music recording that features 12 of Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina’s beautiful polyphonic choral settings of the ‘Canticum Canticorum’ – better known as ‘The Song of Songs’ or Canticles, a collection of poetry in the Hebrew Bible on the theme of the joy and ecstasy of human love. These settings are framed by four of Palestrina’s Marian motets.

Christmas Presence

Recorded live in King’s College Chapel, Cambridge on 4 December 2015, join The King’s Singers in their spiritual home as they offer you their Christmas Presence.

Thou, My Love, Art Fair – Bob Chilcott

Due to popular demand, this live recording of Bob Chilcott’s Thou, My Love, Art Fair has been released as a digital single. The piece was commissioned by the Minnesota Commissioning Club to honour Jerry and Cathie Fischer, firm friends and supporters of The King’s Singers, for a concert in aid of the Park Nicollet Frauenshuh Cancer Centre.

Il Trionfo di Dori

The madrigal, that most polished form of secular choral music, first emerged in Italy in the 1530s, supplanting a rather more unsophisticated repertoire of secular songs. Italian madrigal composers were soon vying with on another to express the meaning of the text as fully as possible through their music. Most madrigals spoke of love and mythology, reflecting the most popular themes of Renaissance culture. Our collection comprises of 29 madrigals by 29 madrigal composers, including many of the most significant Italian musicians of the time such as Giovanni Gabrieli, Felice Anerio and Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina.

Postcards

In our travels we have amassed a wonderful collection of folksongs and popular songs from numerous countries, many of which we use as encores when we visit. The influences and sources are extraordinary far-ranging, and each song has its own local characteristics. To celebrate the diversity of music that we perform and the numerous countries we visit each concert season, we have recorded an album of some of our favourite folksongs from around the world

The King's Singers

Let it Snow!

They circle the well-known songs with charm and wit... these men offer to all their musical charm

NDR Kultur (translated)

Jean Richafort: Requiem - Tribute to Josquin Desprez

The uniformly high standard of the music and the impeccably stylish singing

Early Music Review

Great American Songbook

The delivery is polished and each number is delivered in a slick, not-a-har-out-of-place fashion.

Musicweb International

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