Tim and Chris have a message for all of you, recorded recently on the group’s US tour, announcing that this GOLD Anniversary year will be their last in The King’s Singers. There’s never a perfect moment to announce a big life change but, equally, they say it’s great to go out at the top! With the incredible year we’re having, we’re sure that they’ll have an amazing send-off as their time in the group comes to a close.
From Chris G:
I always wondered how I’d feel, writing this paragraph, and the answer is that
when something feels right, it feels right! And so, with overwhelming optimism
and excitement for the future, it’s time to let you all know that 2018 will be my
last year in The King’s Singers. Since 2004, I’ve had the privilege of standing
with ten different colleagues on-stage, each of whom has informed my approach
to choral music and performance, and I’ve learned more than I ever thought
possible about the art of ensemble singing. Being able to apply that knowledge
close to 2,000 times on-stage has been a privilege.
By the end of 2018, I will have sung for fifteen years in a group I consider to be
the very finest in the world, and it’s time for me to put my family first and
support my wonderful wife, Stephanie, in raising our three beautiful girls Bella,
Lyra and Ariana. I can never thank Stephanie enough for the support she’s
given to me in the years since we married, and our girls deserve their Daddy to
be home with them much more from now on.
I’m pretty sure I know what I’ll be doing next in the world of music (watch out
for announcements soon!) but, for now, I want to thank all my colleagues – both
on-stage and throughout our global network of management, record companies
and agents – and of course all of YOU as well, for your support throughout my
KS career. It wouldn’t have been such a magical ride without our incredible
fans from all around the world, and I’m looking forward very much to seeing as
many of you as possible throughout this year in order to say a proper goodbye.
The search for my successor in the KS is now in its final stages, and I’m
delighted to say that there will be a fantastic singer standing in my place from
2019 onwards, to help sustain the group as it begins its second half-century!
I’m writing to tell you all some news. After a lot of thought, I’ve decided to make 2018 my last
year as a member of The King’s Singers. It’s not a decision I came to lightly but the time feels
right. It’s been an honour to be in this incredible ensemble, and by the time I leave at the end
of December, I will have been a part of it for 10 years. I always wanted to leave the group on
a high and it doesn’t get much more of a high than at the end of the 50th anniversary! I love
the group, I always have and always will. I will always be a huge supporter of ‘the chaps’
going forward and will keep a keen eye on their amazing experiences around the world.
To my gorgeous and incredibly patient wife, Gemma – thank you. I would simply not be able
to do this job without your support. You work tirelessly to keep things ticking over at home
whilst I’m away singing all over the world and I appreciate it so much. Also, as some of you
may know, we had a baby boy in 2016. His name is Harry and he is adorable. I miss them
both so much and the pull back home is simply too great. It’s now my time to be at home and
to spend time with Gemma and Harry as he grows up. The next thank you is to my mother
and late father. Without their constant taxiing me backwards and forwards to the local
Cathedral from the age of 7, I would have never been exposed to music and singing from
such an early age. I’m convinced that dad is always listening in on our concerts from ‘up
there’ and I always sense him willing me on to sing well, which is a wonderful feeling. A
massive thank you to all of you, too – the fans and supporters of this incredible ensemble. We
would be nothing without you, and I’ve loved getting to know you all over the past decade.
You are all marvellous and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible over the
coming months. And last, but certainly by no means least, thank you to Claire Long – our
superb manager, and her incredible team at Music Prods. They look after the 6 of us so well –
I’m convinced we wouldn’t end up on the same stage, at the same time, in the same country
without them! Thank you also to our brilliant record company, Signum Records, and our
agencies and promoters globally that enable us to spread The King’s Singers joy of music-
making all over the world.
This has been an incredible chapter of my life. Joining the very finest a cappella ensemble in
the world is something that I could have never dreamed of achieving, and something that I
will always be incredibly proud of. Thank you all so much once again, Tim.
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