May 29, 2024

Piers Connor Kennedy announced as our next bass

We are thrilled to announce the appointment of Piers Connor Kennedy as our next bass, in January 2025.

Earlier this year, we shared the news that Johnny Howard had announced his forthcoming departure after 14 years in the ensemble. This began an audition process which concluded last week, and from an impressive pool of potential candidates Piers made a real impression on the group with the richness and warmth of his low range, his clear and present musicianship, and his thoroughly entertaining performances.

In the years since completing his degree in Music from Oxford University, Piers has enjoyed a fruitful career combining both singing and composing. Alongside studying for a doctorate in composition at Oxford, he has written commissions for the Three Choirs Festival, Wigmore Hall, Ex Cathedra, and held a composing residency at St Peter’s College, Oxford. His choral work has included performing with The Tallis Scholars, Tenebrae, and Sansara, among others.

Between now and his first King's Singers concert in early 2025, Piers will undertake a ‘shadowing period' during which he will join us for some of our touring commitments, rehearse with us, and begin the huge task of learning and preparing our ever-growing repertoire.

Piers will become the 29th King's Singer and only our fifth bass since our inception, succeeding Jonathan Howard (2010-2024), Stephen Connolly (1988-2010), Colin Mason (1982-1987), and Brian Kay (1968-1982). We very much look forward to working with him.