In advance of our perrformances with the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong under the baton of their chief conductor Jean Thorel, Chris Bruerton spoke with a reporter from Interlude about the history of the group and the development of our sound. To read the full article, please visit the Interlude website.
We will be performing two concerts with the orchestra, both centred around John Rutter’s composition Wind in the Willows. John Rutter was a particularly good friend of the original King’s Singers and in the late ’70s there was a highly successful collaboration between the group and the composer culminating in the re-telling of Kenneth Grahame’s The Reluctant Dragon. In 1981 the group teamed up again with Rutter to transform another Grahame fable, The Wind in the Willows into a concert piece, where each singer takes the role of a character, as well as helping to narrate the story: David Hurley as Mole, Timothy Wayne-Wright as the Jailer’s Daughter, Paul Phoenix as Toad, Christopher Bruerton as Rat, Christopher Gabbitas as the Magistrate and Jonathan Howard as Badger.
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