The King’s Singers

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Patrick Dunachie Countertenor
Edward Button Countertenor
Julian Gregory Tenor
Christopher Bruerton Baritone
Nick Ashby Baritone
Jonathan Howard Bass

The King’s Singers are consistently welcomed on the world’s great stages today and have been throughout their history. They are ambassadors for musical excellence around the globe and have an ongoing commitment to new music that has resulted in an extraordinary wealth of original works as well as leading to some fantastic collaborations.

The King’s Singers were founded on May 1, 1968, when choral scholars who had recently graduated from King’s College, Cambridge, gave a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre in London. Formed in Cambridge, the group had been singing together for some years in a range of line- ups under a different name, but this London debut was the catalyst for a five-decade-long career. Their vocal make­ up was, by chance, two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass, and the group has never wavered from this formation since.

As former members of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, traditional choral repertoire ran in the veins of the founding King’s Singers, though what distinguished The King’s Singers in the early years was their musical versatility. They were a weekly fixture on prime-time television, celebrating popular music never usually touched by choral ensembles, and their unique British charm, combined with their precise musical craft, captured audiences’ hearts the world over. The group has regularly performed at venues from London’s Royal Albert Hall to Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall to the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

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“Their vocal production was effortless, stylistically varied and beautifully blended, even in the most complex polyphony.”

The Washington Post

“…these six singers can do almost anything a full-sized chorus can do, with a degree of perfection that drops the jaw and delights the ear.”

Seattle Times

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““Although each of the six King’s Singers’ voices has its own distinctive timbre, as an ensemble they can blend as perfectly as a chord on a pipe organ.””

Seattle Times 

“They make splendid use of vocal arrangements to tap into current cultural idiom. Fusing forms, timbres and styles, they turn education and entertainment into art and back again.”

The New York Times

“Their pitch was so true it gleamed.”

The Washington Post

“…the clarity, control and communicativeness of the King’s Singers’ performance remained unparalleled.”

Los Angeles Times

“…they are still unmatched for their sheer musicality and ability to entertain.”

The Times, London

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