Gold Stories


At the point in 1980 when I was asked to become a member of The King’s Singers I had a confession to make to the members of the group.  Although I was very aware of who they were and what they did, this was all through the media of radio, television and recordings.  As a busy free-lance singer based in London – and there was quite a bit of free-lance work around in those days – I had never actually seen The King’s Singers live.  I felt that I should at least observe one concert before I gave them an answer.

It just so happened that within a few days they were giving a gala charity performance at the Royal Festival Hall.  I sat in the audience with my wife Angela, watched and listened.  As the concert went on, various trademark ‘special effects’ appeared in some of the pieces.  As each one occured I turned to her and said, ‘ I can’t do that’.  At the end of the concert I counted up: I’d said ‘I can’t do that’ five times.  To this day I don’t know whether I was elated or terrified.

Of course I went to see the group backstage.  ‘So will you join us?’  Elation won.  ‘Absolutely’, I said.

Jeremy Jackman, Countertenor 1980-1990


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