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Encyclopedia > King's Singers
The King's Singers
Origin Cambridge, England
Years active 1968Present
Genres Classical
Pop
Labels EMI
BMG
Telarc
Signum
SPS
Members David Hurley
Robin Tyson
Paul Phoenix
Philip Lawson
Christopher Gabbitas
Stephen Connolly

The King's Singers is an a cappella group. Their name recalls King's College in Cambridge, England, where the group was formed by six choral scholars in 1968. Although their popularity peaked in the 1970s, with a lineup of: Geography Status City (1951) Region East of England Admin. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The present is the time that is perceived directly, not as a recollection or a speculation. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Classical music is music considered classical, as sophisticated and refined, in a regional tradition. ... For popular forms of music in general, see Popular music. ... This does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... The EMI Group (LSE: EMI) is a British music company comprising of the major record company EMI Music which operates several labels, based in Kensington in London, England, and EMI Music Publishing, based in New York. ... Sony BMG Music Entertainment is the result of a 50/50 joint venture between Sony Music Entertainment (part of Sony) and BMG Entertainment (part of Bertelsmann AG) completed in August 2004. ... Telarc International Corporation is a Cleveland, Ohio based independent record label, founded in 1977 by two classically trained musicians and former teachers, Jack Renner and Robert Woods. ... Signum function In mathematics and especially in computer science, the sign function is a logical function which extracts the sign of a real number. ... David Hurley is a countertenor in the Kings Singers, an a cappella vocal group. ... It is proposed that this article be deleted, because of the following concern: This person seems to be a non-notable singer. ... Philip Lawson is a baritone with The Kings Singers, and the groups main arranger. ... Christopher Gabbitas, baritone with the Kings Singers was born on 15 May 1979 in Plymouth, the son of Dr. Brian and Evelyn Gabbitas. ... Stephen Connolly (born 29 November 1989 in Glasgow) is a Scottish football midfielder currently playing for Clyde. ... A cappella music is vocal music or singing without instrumental accompaniment, or a piece intended to be performed in this way. ... Full name The King’s College of Our Lady and St Nicholas in Cambridge Motto Veritas et Utilitas Truth and usefulness Named after Henry VI Previous names - Established 1441 Sister College(s) New College, Oxford Provost Prof. ... Geography Status City (1951) Region East of England Admin. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II... The world-famous Choir of Kings College, Cambridge is one of todays most accomplished and renowned representatives of the great British choral tradition. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ...

they remain one of the world's most popular vocal groups[1]. They travel worldwide for their performances, but are mostly heard in Europe and the U.S. A countertenor is an adult male who sings in an alto, mezzo or soprano range, often through use of falsetto, or sometimes natural head voice. ... A countertenor is an adult male who sings in an alto, mezzo or soprano range, often through use of falsetto, or sometimes natural head voice. ... This article or section seems to contain too many examples (or examples of poor quality) for an encyclopedia entry. ... Baritone (French: ; German: ; Italian: ) is most commonly the type of male voice that lies between bass and tenor. ... Baritone (French: ; German: ; Italian: ) is most commonly the type of male voice that lies between bass and tenor. ... A bass (or basso in Italian) is a male singer who sings in the deepest vocal range of the human voice. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from...


The group consists of six singers in total, with their membership changing over the years. The current ensemble is composed of:

Although the King's Singers are almost exclusively a cappella in their live performances, they sometimes use one or two musical instruments to provide minimal accompaniment in their studio recordings. David Hurley is a countertenor in the Kings Singers, an a cappella vocal group. ... A countertenor is an adult male who sings in an alto, mezzo or soprano range, often through use of falsetto, or sometimes natural head voice. ... It is proposed that this article be deleted, because of the following concern: This person seems to be a non-notable singer. ... This article or section seems to contain too many examples (or examples of poor quality) for an encyclopedia entry. ... Philip Lawson is a baritone with The Kings Singers, and the groups main arranger. ... Baritone (French: ; German: ; Italian: ) is most commonly the type of male voice that lies between bass and tenor. ... Christopher Gabbitas, baritone with the Kings Singers was born on 15 May 1979 in Plymouth, the son of Dr. Brian and Evelyn Gabbitas. ... Baritone (French: ; German: ; Italian: ) is most commonly the type of male voice that lies between bass and tenor. ... Stephen Connolly (born 29 November 1989 in Glasgow) is a Scottish football midfielder currently playing for Clyde. ... A bass (or basso in Italian) is a male singer who sings in the deepest vocal range of the human voice. ... Live television refers to television broadcasts of events or performances as they are happening, or on a delay of several seconds, rather than from video recordings or film. ... A musical instrument is a device constructed or modified with the purpose of making music. ... In music accompaniment is the art of playing along with a soloist or ensemble, often known as the lead, in a supporting manner as well as the music thus played. ...


Throughout the group’s history, there have been a total of 21 members. They sing a wide variety of music, from renaissance to contemporary, classical to popular. Their reputation for musical perfection in balance, tone, and general musicianship is matched by their keen wit and congenial banter.


Most of their a capella concerts are grouped into five distinct sets. The first four vary widely (madrigals, folk songs, recently commissioned pieces, etc), but the last set of the concert is typically a “close harmony” set. Often it consists of lighter fare, often music of The Beatles, Billy Joel, or Irving Berlin. Sometimes the final set (in a concert of religious music) will be a spiritual harmony set. That set is composed of American Spirituals arranged by contemporary composers, including group member Philip Lawson. Pieces in this set could include Deep River, Down To The River To Pray, and Stand Still, Jordan. The White Album, see The Beatles (album). ... William Martin Billy Joel (born May 9, 1949) is an American singer, pianist, songwriter, composer and musician. ... Irving Berlin (May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989) was an American composer and lyricist, one of the most prodigious and famous American songwriters in history. ... Philip Lawson is a baritone with The Kings Singers, and the groups main arranger. ...


The King’s Singers are known for frequently commissioning works from contemporary composers. They have commissioned pieces by Ned Rorem, György Ligeti, Libby Larsen, Daron Hagen, Francis Pott, Jackson Hill, Geoffrey Poole, Joby Talbot, and Jocelyn Pook. Many former members of the King’s Singers have remained active in the world of choral music. Former baritone Gabriel Crouch is now the director of choral ensembles at DePauw University and former countertenor Nigel Short founded a professional choir, Tenebrae, on leaving the group in 2001[2]. Baritone Simon Carrington is the director of the Yale Schola Cantorum, at the Yale University Institute for Sacred Music and Tony Holt is on the music faculty at St. Olaf College as a voice instructor. Ned Rorem (born October 23, 1923) is a noted American composer and diarist. ... György Sándor Ligeti (May 28, 1923 – June 12, 2006) was a Jewish Hungarian composer born in Romania who later became an Austrian citizen. ... Libby Larsen (born December 24, 1950 in Wilmington, Delaware) is a prolific classical music composer who resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. ... Daron Aric Hagen Daron Aric Hagen (born November 4, 1961, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin) is an American composer of contemporary classical music and opera. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Joby Talbot (born 1971) is a British composer. ... Jocelyn Pook is an English viola player. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Articles with similar titles include DePaul University, a school with a similar spelling. ... The Tenebrae Choir is a professional vocal ensemble founded and directed by former Kings Singer Nigel Short. ... “Yale” redirects here. ... St. ...


In addition to recording and performing, the King’s Singers have a commitment to education, often participating in master classes and workshops. They also have several videos of masterclasses available. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Several of the King’s Singers also put their arranging skills to the test, arranging both pieces for the group and pieces to publish in their line of music. Recently, Philip Lawson and Bob Chilcott have been the most prolific composers in the group. Philip Lawson is a baritone with The Kings Singers, and the groups main arranger. ... Bob Chilcott (born April 9th, 1955) is a British choral composer, conductor, and singer, based in Oxford England. ...


The group's latest CD was released on 11th December 2006 and is a selection of 19 classic Salvation Army songs. The CD is called The Quiet Heart - Choral Essays Vol. 1. and is available from Salvationist Publishing and Supplies Limited in London (www.sps-shop.com) and other outlets, like Amazon.co.uk. All arrangements and voicing on this CD are by Philip Lawson.


Discography

Currently Available King's Singers Albums
Disc Name Release Year Instrumentation # of A cappella Tracks # of Tracks
1605: Treason and Dischord 2005 Concordia Viol Consort and Sarah Baldock (organ) 7 15
À la Française 1990 Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Carl Davis
All at Once Well Met 1987 Lute and Tabor 29 35
America 1989, 2006 English Chamber Orchestra 0 10
Annie Laurie 1993 Guitar, Flute, Piccolo 7 18
The Beatles Connection 1986 19 19
Capella (compilation) 2003 41
Captain Noah and His Floating Zoo; Holy Moses 1972, 2006 Rhythm Section 0 18
Chanson d'amour 1993 11 21
Circle of Life 1997 Metrapole Orkest 3 12
Colouring Book 2005 18
Christmas 2003 String Quartet and Drums 23 25
Deck the Hall 1991
English Renaissance 1995 20 20
Fire~Water 2000 Andrew Lawrence-King, The Harp Consort 17
Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responses for Maundy Thursday 2004 14 14
Good Vibrations 1993 13 13
Here's a Howdy Do! 1993 Sound Effects, Organ 11 15
De Janequin aux Beatles (compilation) 1999 Various 55
Kid's Stuff 1986, 2000 Judi Dench, Various 14
The King's Singers Original Debut Recording 1971, 1994 15 15
György Ligeti Edition, Vol. 4 (Vocal Works) 1997
Landscapes & Time 2006 11 11
A Little Christmas Music 1989 Kiri Te Kanawa, City of London Sinfonia 7 20
Madrigal History Tour 1984, 1989 Consort of Musicke 0 34
My Spirit Sang All Day 1988 25 25
New Day 1980 9 15
Nightsong 1997 Various 5 15
The Quiet Heart - Choral Essays Vol.1 2006 19 19
Renaissance (Works by Josquin Desprez) 1993 21 21
Sacred Bridges 2005 Sarband 7 12
Six 2005 6 6
Spem in alium 2006 (One interview track) 1 2
Street Songs 1998 Evelyn Glennie (percussion) 7? 18
Tribute to the Comedian Harmonists 1985 Piano 6? 16
The Triumphs of Oriana 2002, 2006 25? 25
Three Musical Fables 1983 Cambridge Singers and City of London Sinfonia 0 3
Watching the White Wheat 1986 Various 9 16

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References

  1. ^ http://www.singers.com/kings.html
  2. ^ http://www.tenebrae-choir.com/
  3. ^ http://www.dj-records.com
  4. ^ http://www.kingssing.com
  5. ^ http://www.kingssingers.com

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