The King's Singers
The King's Singers © Marco BorggreveArtist

„Sechs Stimmen zwischen Himmel und Erde“

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Biography

Patrick Dunachie, countertenor
Timothy Wayne-Wright, countertenor
Julian Gregory, tenor
Christopher Bruerton, baritone
Christopher Gabbitas, baritone
Jonathan Howard, bass

The King’s Singers were officially born on May 1st 1968, formed by six recently-graduated choral scholars from King’s College, Cambridge. Their vocal line-up was (by chance) two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass, and the group has never wavered from this formation since.

What really distinguished the group in its early years was its musical diversity. The King’s Singers were a weekly fixture on prime-time television, celebrating popular music never usually touched by choral ensembles, and their unique British charm, combined with their musical craft, captured audiences’ hearts the world over. The group has consistently been welcomed on the world’s great stages throughout its history – from London’s Royal Albert Hall to the Opera House in Sydney or New York’s Carnegie Hall – as well as being ambassadors for musical excellence across the globe. Two Grammy® Awards, an Emmy® Award, and a place in Gramophone magazine’s inaugural Hall of Fame sit among the numerous accolades bestowed upon the group.


 

This love of diversity has always fuelled The King’s Singers’ commitment to creating new music. A panoply of commissioned works by many of the supreme composers of our times – including Sir John Tavener, Toru Takemitsu, John Rutter, Luciano Berio, Nico Muhly, György Ligeti and Eric Whitacre – sits alongside countless bespoke arrangements in the group’s extensive repertoire. The group is determined to spread the joy of ensemble singing, and leads workshops and residential courses all over the world each season.

The world may have changed a lot in the fifty years since the original King’s Singers came together, but today’s group is still charged by the same lifeblood – one that wants to radiate the joy singing brings every day, and that want to give life to audiences with their virtuosity and vision for an exciting musical future. 

SEASON 2017/2018

Quotes

“Their vocal production was effortless, stylistically varied and beautifully blended.”

Patrick Rucker, The Washington Post, Washington DC, USA December 2014

“Makellose Stimmen, technische Brillanz, bei aller Leichtigkeit höchste Präzision. Sie sind Profis durch und durch, auf den großen Bühnen der Welt zuhause und auch 40 Jahre nach der Gründung in jetzt dritter Generation große Könner.Die musikalische Vielfalt und die traumwandlerische Sicherheit, mit der das sechsköpfige Ensemble intonations- und stilsicher durch verschiedene Epochen wandelt, sind verblüffend. [...] stets gelingt es, gesanglich höchstes Niveau mit humoristischer Präsentation zu verknüpfen.”

Saarbrücker Zeitung, jwo, 14.5.12

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Discography

PostcardsA collection of folksongs and popular songs from numerous countries.Nov. 2014, Signum Classics, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Let it snowA winter-themed Album with the King's Singers and German oboist Albrecht Mayer.Nov. 2013, DG, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Great American SongbookUS-American songs of the swing era.Nov. 2013, Signum Classics, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Jean Richafort: RequiemRichafort: Requiem; motets and Chansons by Josquin, Gombert and AppenzellerApr. 2013, Signum Classics, CD, Available on: Amazon
Pater NosterA Choral Reflection on The Lord's Prayer.Oct. 2012, Naxos, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
The Best of the King's SingersThe best and most popular songs of the King's Singers.Oct. 2012, Signum Classics, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Royal Rhymes & RoundsTo celebrate the 2012 Diamond Jubilee, The King's Singers present a selection of works from the past 500 years written in honour of the great Monarchs of BritainJul. 2012, Signum Classic, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
High FlightThe King’s Singers join forces with The Concordia Choir to perform works by choral composers Eric Whitacre, Bob Chilcott and Morten LauridsenOct. 2011, Signum Classic, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
In This Quiet MomentFeatures favourites from The Salvation Army‘s rich tapestry of vocal music.Jan. 2011, SPS, CD, Available on: Amazon
Swimming Over LondonA collection of jazz inspired hits performed by The King’s Singers; and a follow up to their Grammy Award winning crossover album Simple Gifts.Jun. 2010, Signum Classics, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Romance du SoirThe disc includes works by Elgar, Schumann, Schubert and Saint-Saëns, as well as a new piece by popular American composer Libby LarsenMar. 2009, Signum Classic, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Simple GiftsGRAMMY award winning studio album of sixteen stunning arrangements of pop ballads, spirituals and folksongApr. 2008, Signum Classic, CD, Available on: iTunes Amazon
Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy ThursdayPenitent church music written for the Matins Offices on the final three days of  Holy Week.May. 2004, Signum Classic, CD, Available on: Amazon