The King's Singers
David Hurley countertenor
Timothy Wayne-Wright countertenor
Paul Phoenix tenor
Christopher Bruerton baritone
Christopher Gabbitas baritone
Jonanthan Howard bass
Photograph by Ben Ealovega
One of the world’s most celebrated ensembles, The King’s Singers have a packed schedule of concerts, recordings, media and education work that spans the globe. Championing the work of young and established composers, they remain consummate entertainers; a class-act with a delightfully British wit. From Gesualdo and György Ligeti to Michael Bublé, The King’s Singers are instantly recognisable for their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend, the flawless articulation of the text and incisive timing.
During the 2012 concert season, The King’s Singers will perform across the globe in some of the world’s most beautiful concert halls including the Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall, and the Berlin Philharmonie. The King’s Singers will travel to Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, the US and Canada, Bulgaria, Hungary, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, Poland, Denmark, Belgium and the Netherlands, Switzerland, Finland, Mexico, Korea, Singapore and China.
With a discography of well over 150 recordings The King’s Singers have garnered both awards and significant critical acclaim. Their studio album Simple Gifts on Signum was awarded a Grammy® in 2009. Swimming over London, a disc that aligns KS ‘favourites’ with new songs and arrangements was released in 2010, alongside a world premiere recording of Music for Vespers by Pachelbel with Charivari Agréable. While touring the USA in February 2010, The King’s Singers recorded an album with the renowned Concordia College Choir which included KS commissions by Eric Whitacre and Bob Chilcott and was released in Autumn 2011. A DVD of Christmas repertoire was released for Christmas 2011.
The King’s Singers maintain a deep commitment to new choral music and have commissioned over 200 works from a host of prominent contemporary composers including Richard Rodney Bennett, Luciano Berio, Peter Maxwell Davies, György Ligeti, Gian Carlo Menotti, Pawel Lukaszewski, Krzysztof Penderecki, Ned Rorem, John Rutter, Toru Takemitsu, and John Tavener.
The King’s Singers have an extraordinary history on television. A favourite of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, with whom they performed as part of the Winter Olympics, they appeared on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s Christmas Concert to a combined live audience of 80,000 which was broadcast on PBS across the US and is available on DVD. Following their televised BBC Proms performance at the Royal Albert Hall, London (also available on DVD – awarded a Midem International Classical Award in January 2010) they have appeared on BBC Breakfast television and performed frequently on Songs of Praise.
In addition to their sold-out concerts worldwide, The King’s Singers share their artistry through numerous workshops and master classes. They have clocked up phenomenal sales of sheet music with over two million pieces of print in circulation with current publisher Hal Leonard. The King’s Singers’ arrangements are sung by schools, college choirs and amateur and professional ensembles the world over.
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