The King’s Singers
“They are still unmatched for their sheer musicality and ability to entertain.”
– The London Times
The King’s Singers
- David Hurley, countertenor
- Timothy Wayne-Wright, countertenor
- Paul Phoenix, tenor
- Christopher Bruerton, baritone
- Christopher Gabbitas, baritone
- Jonathan Howard, bass
One of the world's most celebrated ensembles, The King's Singers have a packed schedule of concerts, recordings, media and education work that spans the globe. They champion the work of both young and established composers and, whether singing Tomkins or Takemitsu, Gesualdo or György Ligeti, Bach or Bublé, are instantly recognisable for their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing. They are also consummate entertainers: a class act with a delightfully British wit.
Their concert diary includes in excess of 130-140 performances annually, delighting their widespread and enthusiastic fan-base. During 2012, The King’s Singers will perform across the globe in some of the world’s most famous concert halls, including the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and the Berlin Philharmonie. Their concert schedule will take them to Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, the US and Canada, Czech Republic, Ireland, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, Belgium, Finland and Denmark.
With a discography of over 150 recordings, The King’s Singers have garnered both awards and significant critical acclaim, including a Grammy® in 2009 for their studio album Simple Gifts on Signum. Always deeply committed to new choral music, they have commissioned over 200 works from prominent contemporary composers, including Richard Rodney Bennett, Berio, Maxwell Davies, Ligeti, Lukaszewski, Penderecki, Rutter, Takemitsu and Tavener. Their latest album, High Flight, includes works commissioned by The King’s Singers from Eric Whitacre and Bob Chilcott. It was recorded in the USA with the renowned Concordia College Choir and released in Autumn 2011 on Signum. Other recent Signum releases include Swimming Over London, which combines some of the group’s favourite numbers with new songs and arrangements; a world premiere recording of Pachelbel’s Music for Vespers with Charivari Agréable; a DVD of Christmas repertoire released for December 2011; and Royal Rhymes and Rounds will be released in 2012 in celebration of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee.
The King’s Singers have an extraordinary history of television appearances. A favourite of The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, they performed with them for the Winter Olympics and appeared in their 2008 Christmas concert, which was broadcast on PBS across the US to a combined live audience of 80,000 and is available on DVD. Following their televised BBC Proms performance at the Royal Albert Hall, London (also available on DVD - awarded a Midem International Classical Award in January 2010), they have appeared on BBC breakfast television and performed frequently on Songs of Praise.
In addition to their sold-out concerts worldwide, The King’s Singers share their artistry through numerous workshops and master classes. They have clocked up phenomenal sales of sheet music with over two million pieces of print in circulation with current publisher Hal Leonard. The King’s Singers’ arrangements are sung by schools, college choirs and amateur and professional ensembles the world over.
The King’s Singersphoto: Benjamin Ealovega
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