For over half a century, The King’s Singers have been entertaining audiences all over the world with their virtuosity and trademark British flair. The group was officially born on May 1st 1968, when six recent choral scholars from King’s College, Cambridge, gave their first professional concert in London. By chance, their vocal line-up was two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass, but this formation has stuck to this day. Since then, there have only been twenty-eight different singers including the original six and the present line up.
What’s really distinguished the group is its musical versatility – spanning music from the Middle Ages right up to the present day. A weekly fixture on prime-time television in their early years, singing popular music never usually touched by choral ensembles, their unique charm and exceptional musical craftsmanship captured audiences’ hearts across the globe. Today, The King’s Singers are consistently welcomed on the world’s great stages, and are recognised as ambassadors for musical excellence the world over. Alongside two Grammy® Awards, an Emmy® Award, and a place in Gramophone magazine’s inaugural Hall of Fame, The King’s Singers are delighted to be one of WQXR’s 20 for 20 artists this year.
The King’s Singers have always been committed to creating new music. Alongside the countless arrangements in their library are hundreds of commissioned works by some of the greatest composers of the last century. The group is passionate about spreading the joy of singing, and leads workshops all over the world and residential courses each season. Their pro bono outreach and educational work, as well as their extensive work with upcoming composers, is supported by their charity: The King’s Singers Global Foundation.
In 2020, The King’s Singers are creating more new music than ever, touring all over the world, and bringing their music to as many people as possible. They are committed to making the future of a cappella and choral music as bright and exciting as possible.
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