If you are interested in choral music, The King’s Singers Global Foundation exists for you. If you enjoy singing it, the Foundation exists to help you improve; if you write it, the Foundation exists to offer you opportunities; if you listen to it, the Foundation creates innovative new ways to enjoy it and appreciate it. Underpinning all this work is the fundamental belief that the act of singing together is beneficial, both individually and also for the societies in which we live. In today’s fractured world, we feel it’s more important than ever: that’s why our motto is Finding Harmony.
The Global Foundation has its own trustees, staff, expert advisory boards and funding, so legally and financially, the Global Foundation is a totally separate entity to The King’s Singers. Spiritually, however, the Global Foundation and the group are inextricably linked. Central to the essence of the Foundation is that the six members of The King’s Singers wish to give their platform, their time, and their expertise - unpaid - to widen the reach and impact of choral music. So the members of the group attend Foundation meetings, generate ideas and offer guidance to shape the activity, and then ultimately deliver the work of the Foundation.
During its 50th anniversary year, the group spent time thinking about how best to use the amazing legacy and profile of The King's Singers in a way that gives some of that benefit back to the wider community. The result was The King’s Singers Global Foundation (which combined a brand-new USA charity with the existing UK Foundation). In the Global Foundation’s first year, the group recorded and launched ‘Finding Harmony’ - an album and commissioning drive which highlighted the vital role communal singing has played in key moments of world history up to the present. Since then, it has developed its 3 key projects, each of which is aimed at a different portion of the community.
The King’s Singers is one of the best vocal ensembles in the world. And who better to learn from than the best? The Right Time, Right Place project gives magical opportunities to young or amateur singers through two complementary initiatives: attending King’s Singers performances for free, and receiving top-quality coaching for free from the six King’s Singers. These initiatives create the conditions for singers to be inspired and nurtured, no matter their financial situation. We do this through:
Since it was started, the Global Foundation has given away over 5000 free tickets including digital concerts and live concerts, and workshopped over 500 singers in 3 different countries.
The whole world benefits when new music is created. As well as enriching the world of culture for audiences, new compositions also provide opportunities for performers and - of course - for the composers themselves. Our New Music projects offer inspiration and opportunities for composers by commissioning new music: from leading lights of classical music, through young and under-represented composers, to amateurs who are inspired and encouraged by our ‘New Music Prize’, this project brings beauty into the world. We do this through:
As the world turns digital, the choral world must not be left behind. The possibilities provided by technology can bring beautiful choral music to more and more people, no matter their circumstances. Our digital innovation projects exist to remove boundaries and create accessible, innovative ways to experience and appreciate choral music. We do this through: