The King's Singers

Date:2019-07-15      Source:National Centre for the Performing Arts

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Venue: Concert Hall

Dates: July 19, 2019

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Press Review

"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." 

"Their vocal production was effortless, stylistically varied and beautifully blended, even in the most complex polyphony."

"One can't but admire the impeccable intonation, rhythmic precision and immaculate ensemble of this performance..."

"...a musical group of the very highest order."

Programme

Harold Arlen
Arr.: Richard Rodney Bennett
It's A New World 

Love In the Movies
Phil Collins
Arr.: Philip Lawson
A Groovy Kind of Love           

The Beach Boys
Arr.: Bob Chilcott             
Kokomo 

Randy Newman
Arr.: Philip Lawson                               
When She Loved Me      

Remembered Love
Clément Jannequin
Au Joly Jeu       

Orlandus Lassus                                     
Toutes les Nuits                                         

Johannes Brahms 
Vineta        

Edward Elgar                                            
Deep in My Soul        

Jackson Hill                                    
Remembered Love   

Love from The Beatles
Lennon and McCartney
Arr.: Bob Chilcott
And I Love Her      

Lennon and McCartney
Arr.: Bob Chilcott
Yesterday         

Lennon and McCartney
Arr.: Paul Hart                    
Honey Pie        

——Intermission——  

Paul Drayton
Masterpiece                              

Trad., arr. Philip Lawson
Mo Li Hua              

BTS, arr. Ed Newton-Rex
The Truth Untold 

Trad., arr. Gordon Langford                            
Bobby Shafto                     

John Legend
Arr.: Alexander L'Estrange                
All of Me 

George Gershwin
Arr.: Bob Chilcott                              
Oh! I Can't Sit Down

Presenter

The King's Singers
Patrick Dunachie – Countertenor
Edward Button – Countertenor
Julian Gregory – Tenor
Christopher Bruerton – Baritone
Nick Ashby – Baritone
Jonathan Howard – Bass

The King's Singers are consistently welcomed on the world's great stages today and have been throughout their history. They are ambassadors for musical excellence around the globe and have an ongoing commitment to new music that has resulted in an extraordinary wealth of original works as well as leading to some fantastic collaborations.

The King's Singers were founded on May 1st, 1968, when choral scholars who had recently graduated from King's College, Cambridge, gave a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre in London. Formed in Cambridge, the group had been singing together for some years in a range of lineups under a different name, but this London debut was the catalyst for a five-decade-long career. Their vocal make-up was, by chance, two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass, and the group has never wavered from this formation since.

As former members of the Choir of King's College, Cambridge, traditional choral repertoire pulsed through the veins of the founding King's Singers, though what distinguished The King's Singers in the early years was their musical versatility. They 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 precise musical craft, captured audiences' hearts the world over. The group has regularly performed at venues from London's Royal Albert Hall to Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall to the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

The King's Singers have accumulated many glowing reviews from the world’s great musical publications, two Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and place in Gramophone magazine’s inaugural Hall of Fame, among numerous other awards.

In their early years, the group’s sound was informed by the work of arrangers like Gordon Langford, Daryl Runswick and Goff Richards, many of whom had worked extensively with brass bands. Writing for voices with this specific experience helped to develop the blended “close-harmony” sound that has become a hallmark for so many King’s Singers performances and recordings since. In more recent times, individual King's Singers such as Philip Lawson and Bob Chilcott have written music prolifically from within the group. This music sits alongside a panoply of commissioned works by many superb composers of the 20th and 21st centuries – including Sir John Tavener, György Ligeti, Toru Takemitsu, John Rutter, Luciano Berio, Nico Muhly and Eric Whitacre. The group’s mission has always been to expand their repertoire with the aim of sharing their new music with ensembles and choirs of all kinds around the world. Much of their commissioned repertoire and arrangements are available in print through the publisher Hal Leonard. Over two million items from their King’s Singers collection have been shared with their customers worldwide.

This ongoing commitment to spreading great music incorporates a lot of teaching, both on tour and at home. In 2019, the group will lead workshops & masterclasses across the world as they travel. Weeklong residential courses now also take an important place in their annual calendar, when the six King's Singers work with groups and individuals on the techniques of ensemble singing that have governed how they make music to this day. Their next Summer School will take place in the beautiful Cambridge University, the home of The King's Singers, in July 2019.

With 2018 marking the 50th birthday of the group, The King's Singers have been celebrating their Gold anniversary, which acknowledges their amazing musical heritage, as well as the bright future of vocal music in all its forms as they move into 2019. The world may have changed a lot in the 50 years since the original King's Singers came together, but today's group still aims to radiate the joy that singing brings them every day. The King's Singers are as determined as ever to inspire audiences with virtuosity and their vision for an exciting musical future.