New Album from The King’s Singers – When you wish upon a star – Out Now on Warner Classics

3 May 2023

The King’s Singers and their musical friends celebrate the 100th anniversary of Disney with their enchanting new album, When you wish upon a star. They are joined by mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato, soprano Amina Edris, pianist John Paul Ekins, guitarist Plínio Fernandes, cellist Edgar Moreau, tenor Pene Pati and trumpeter, Lucienne Renaudin Vary; with arrangements by international composers including John Rutter, Nico Muhly, Alexander L’Estrange, Toby Young, Jim Clements and Jamey Ray. The 25-track album embraces nine decades of Disney animation from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs to Coco and celebrates the magic of Disney for children of all ages. When you wish upon a star is available now to stream, download and on CD on Warner Classics.

The King’s Singers have represented the gold standard in a cappella singing on the world’s greatest stages for over fifty years. They are renowned for their unrivalled technique, versatility and skill in performance, and for their consummate musicianship, drawing both on the group’s rich heritage and its pioneering spirit to create an extraordinary wealth of original works and unique collaborations.

What has always distinguished the group is their comfort in an unprecedented range of styles and genres, pushing the boundaries of their repertoire, while at the same time honouring their origins in the British choral tradition. They are known and loved around the world, and appear regularly in major cities, festivals and venues across Europe, North America, Asia and Australasia, including Carnegie Hall, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Leipzig Gewandhaus, Mozarteum Salzburg, Tonhalle Zurich, Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Edinburgh International Festival, Helsinki Music Centre, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo Opera City and the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Beijing. They also work with orchestras, recently including the NDR Radiophilharmonie and the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, with whom they performed a specially commissioned work by Sir James MacMillan.

Watch The King’s Singers – Can you feel the love tonight (from The Lion King)

Track Listing

  1. Leigh Harline, Ned Washington: When You Wish Upon a Star (from Pinocchio) – ft. Edgar Moreau (cello)
  2. Alan Menken, Stephen Schwartz: The Bells of Notre Dame (from The Hunchback of Notre Dame)
  3. Alan Menken, Howard Ashman: Part of Your World (from The Little Mermaid) – ft. Amina Edris (soprano)
  4. Fain: Once Upon a Dream (From Sleeping Beauty) – ft. John Paul Ekins (piano), Lucienne Renaudin Vary (trumpet), Plínio Fernandes (guitar)
  5. Jamey Ray, Matthew Wilder: I’ll Make a Man Out of You (from Mulan)
  6. Frank Churchill, Larry Morey: Someday My Prince Will Come (from Snow White and the Seven Dwarves)
  7. Menken: Colours of the Wind (from Pocahontas) – ft. Joyce DiDonato (soprano)
  8. Richard Morton Sherman, Robert Bernard Sherman: Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious “from Mary Poppins)
  9. Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez: Let it Go (from FROZEN) – ft. Edgar Moreau (cello)
  10. Gilkyson, T: The Bare Necessities (from The Jungle Book)
  11. Roger Miller: Not in Nottingham (from Robin Hood) – ft. Plínio Fernandes (guitar)
  12. Menken: Go the Distance (from Hercules) – ft. Amina Edris (soprano)
  13. Peggy Lee, Phil Collins, Sonny Burke: On My Way (from Brother Bear)
  14. Menken: Gaston (from Beauty and the Beast) ft. Pene Pati (tenor)
  15. Mel Levin: Cruella de Vil (From “101 Dalmatians”)
  16. Oliver Wallace: When I See an Elephant Fly (from Dumbo)
  17. Fain: The Second Star to the Right (from Peter Pan)
  18. Newman, R: When We’re Human (from The Princess and the Frog) – ft. Joyce DiDonato (soprano), Lucienne Renaudin Vary (trumpet)
  19. Newman, R: You’ve Got a Friend in Me (from Toy Story) – ft. Plínio Fernandes (guitar)
  20. Menken: Prince Ali (from Aladdin)
  21. Robert Lopez: Remember Me (from Coco)
  22. Daniel Jacob: Aloha, e Komo Mai (from Lilo & Stich)
  23. Al Rinker: Ev’rybody Wants to Be a Cat (from The Aristocats)
  24. Lee, P: Bella Notte (from The Lady and the Tramp) – ft. Plínio Fernandes (guitar)
  25. John, E: Can You Feel the Love Tonight? (from The Lion King) – ft. Plínio Fernandes (guitar)

Photo: Frances Marshall