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Mormon Tabernacle Choir & Friends CD

Posted on:  May 10th, 2017

Friday 12 May sees the release of the latest recording from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, who have collaborated with some of the most legendary vocalists and performers over the years.

The King’s Singers’ recording from Salt Late City is featured alongside standout performances from renowned artists such as Sting & Yo-Yo Ma, Santino Fontana and Renée Fleming.

Check out the video below, and pre-order your copy here.

 

 
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Gordon Langford (1930 – 2017)

Posted on:  April 26th, 2017

It is with great sadness that we have learned of Gordon Langford’s passing, at the age of 86. Gordon had a rich and inspiring career as a pianist, composer and arranger, and his relationship with The King’s Singers was particularly special. Brian Kay, founding Bass, wrote the following tribute to Gordon:

“In the early days of The King’s Singers we were desperately looking for something new: we had inherited wonderful close harmony arrangements passed down from one generation to another of choral scholars at King’s College Cambridge, though these had been around for a long time and were inevitably of their period and times were changing!

On one unforgettable morning we were rehearsing in Al Hume’s flat in north London when a knock at the door introduced a representative of the music publisher Chandos. She simply said that they had on their books an arranger called Gordon Langford and that he had heard us on the radio and was intrigued by what was then an unusual combination of voices. He also picked up on the way we sang – the blended legacy of our time as choral scholars – and also such humour as we seemed to possess. He tied all these things together and wrote an arrangement of the folk song BLOW AWAY THE MORNING DEW and sent it round, just in case we were remotely interested. We sang it straight through and immediately realised that this was precisely what we had been looking for and hoping for.

In that one arrangement, I believe he instantly created what was to become the ‘sound’ of The King’s Singers. His impeccable ear for choral balance, his amazing skill at voicing and his own great sense of humour all combined to create something very special and we never looked back. It was to be the first of countless arrangements he did for us, every one a winner and each of them giving us as much fun in singing as we hope the audience enjoyed in listening.

Gordon was a GENIUS – let’s not beat about the bush! We were lucky in attracting the skill of so many fine arrangers and composers, but Gordon not only got there first, he absolutely set the standard and we shall always remain profoundly grateful.”

For an official obituary of Gordon, follow this link.

 
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Spotify: Classical World Playlists

Posted on:  April 18th, 2017

A huge thanks to Spotify for including the KS recording of Spem in Alium in their new Classical World series. Each of the playlists in the 22-long series is designed to highlight some of the best composers of the nation and some lesser know writers that deserve to be heard.

Check out the UK & Ireland playlist below or head to Spotify Classical to browse the international selection.

 
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Podcast: How To REALLY Perform A Cappella

Posted on:  March 27th, 2017

Producer and Musical Director, Russell Scott, recently spoke to baritone Chris G about The King’s Singers, what it is like to perform in major venues around the worlds, integrating into a sound, how to perform a cappella, and his insight into the world of professional a cappella music making.

Listen to the full interview at A Life In Music.

 
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Daryl Runswick at Cadogan Hall

Posted on:  March 21st, 2017

There are but a few musicians who could lay claim over the years to being the “seventh King’s Singer” and Daryl’s name is pretty close to the top. Having met the group back in Cambridge in the 1960s, Daryl first worked with the fledgling ensemble in the early 1970s and continued to arrange and perform with them for the next 40 years – appearing on-stage with his trio to support the group for their 40th anniversary and contributing an arrangement for their 50th anniversary programmes.

Although his first arrangement, Obladi Oblada, was fiendishly difficult and has sadly been consigned to the library, there are many that have stood the test of time so well that they remain firm concert favourites: Lazy Bones/Up a lazy river, Overture to the Barber of Seville, She moved through the fair and the wonderful G&S collection amongst them. Daryl could perhaps rightly be hailed as the first arranger who really made the group swing, and over the years has always been one of the first names that comes up whenever they need a jazz arrangement – or another wonderful classical vocalisation.

The King’s Singers are delighted to have been invited to share the stage with Daryl, and many other wonderful musicians, at a concert celebrating his 70th birthday in Cadogan Hall this coming June. Although they are a new generation of singers now, his work is held in high esteem and they are excited to be presenting some of his finest arrangements as a tribute to the long friendship between The King’s Singers and Daryl Runswick – possibly one of the most successful musical collaborations of the 20th century!

Gala Concert with special guests:
The King’s Singers
London Voices
Aleksander Szram
i Solisti di Londra
Tony Hymas
Daryl Runswick

7:30pm | Tuesday 6 June 2017 | Cadogan Hall

 
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Path of Miracles

Posted on:  March 17th, 2017

Phenomenal choir Tenebrae are celebrating their fifteenth anniversary season with the revival and release of Path of Miracles, the innovative a cappella choral work of Joby Talbot, an exceptional composer The King’s Singers have previously had the pleasure of working with. The piece was the first major work to be commissioned by former KS, Nigel Short, for Tenebrae back in 2005, inspired by the most enduring route of Catholic pilgrimage, the great Pilgrimage to Santiago. Tenebrae will be on tour from May, performing this alongside a new work by Owain Park which will be premièred in Hull, the 2017 UK City of Culture.

 
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Strauss Project 2017

Posted on:  March 9th, 2017

The King’s Singers are honoured to have the chance to collaborate once again with one of the world’s leading artists, world-class clarinettist Sabine Meyer, with whom they recorded An Der Schonen Blauen Donau in 1990.

In their capacity as chamber musicians they look forward to the process of rehearsing and distilling a blend of the respective sound worlds together. As an a cappella group they will explore how they can combine voices and sung text with the unique qualities of the clarinet.

23rd March, 2017 | 20:00 Ludwigshafen

24th March, 2017 | 20:00 Wolfsburg

28th March, 2017 | 20:00 Munich

30th March, 2017 | 19:30 Olten

 
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Join The King’s Singers at DCINY

Posted on:  March 3rd, 2017

Join The King’s Singers for an exclusive weekend choral residency in New York City. This intensive workshop will culminate with a performance at Carnegie Hall produced by DCINY (Distinguished Concerts International New York).

Sunday, Apr 22, 2018 | 8:30 PM
Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, Carnegie Hall
Bob Chilcott, Guest Conductor
Simon Carrington, Guest Conductor
Featuring Distinguished Concerts Orchestra and Distinguished Concerts Singers International

Visit DCINY website for more info

 
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Summer Concert hosted by DePauw – now on sale!

Posted on:  March 1st, 2017

7:30pm | 16 June 2017
Kresge Auditorium at the Green Center for the Performing Arts
The DePauw University School of Music
Greencastle, IN

At the midpoint of their inaugural US Summer School, The King’s Singers invite you to join them for a summer evening of music that gets up-close and personal, journeying through over 500 years of music from across their repertoire and around the world.

They are also celebrating the amazing music of choral legend Bob Chilcott: former KS tenor and special guest throughout the Summer School. They will be joined on stage by all the Summer School participants for a performance of his work A Thanksgiving. There will be a unique Q+A session with the group and Bob Chilcott directly after the concert.

Tickets on sale now

 
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UK Summer School Applications Closed

Posted on:  February 28th, 2017

Due to an unprecedented number of successful auditions, our UK Summer School is now at capacity and no further applications will be considered.

There are still places available at our US Summer School in June for ensembles and individuals.
Guest conductor Bob Chilcott joins us for an incredible residential week of singing at the state-of-the-art Music Department at DePauw University, 13 – 19 June 2017. Apply by 31 March 2017.

www.kssummerschool.com

 
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