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The King's Singers

The King's Singers is a six-man vocal ensemble which tours the world singing a variety of repertory.

The group was formed in 1965 by Alastair Hume, Simon Carrington, and Brian Kay. all, at that time, Choral Scholars of the Choir of King's College, Cambridge. Together with other Choral Scholars.

Choral Scholars (there are fourteen at any one time) are the mature-voice singers of the Choir. They receive scholarships to attend King's College, a part of Cambridge University. In return, they undertake a full schedule of music-making, as the Choir sings daily services in the King's Chapel during term, and also a variety of concert appearances and tours. The Choral Scholars even have their own special table at the College dining hall.

This constant work and shared life results in a strong group identity, and in 1965 several members decided to make a private recording of some of the secular music they had been working on, calling themselves "Schola Cantorum Pro Musica Profana in Cantabridgiense." They commissioned one hundred pressings to keep and give to friends and families.

From this start, six of the members (Martin Lane, Al Hume, Neil Jenkins, Richard Salter, Simon Carrington, and Brian Kay) decided to undertake a tour, and booked themselves as "Six Choral Scholars from King's College." The tour was a success, despite what they chose as a uniform to promote an image of professionalism.

As described in The King's Singers, a Self Portrait, by the six members current in the late 1970s (Nigel Perrin, Hume, Carrington, Anthony Holt, Bill Ives, and Kay), this uniform began with "sensible black shoes" but also included "corduroy jackets of interestingly different colors and cut, bow-ties whose patterns were incompatible but daring, and trousers that were matched in the sense that all were dark and all were baggy."

Nevertheless, the group was a success. In 1968 they were invited to sing a concert with Simon Preston and the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, their London debut. Searching for a proper name, they asked Mike Bremner of Argo Records. By then, the group already was known for its mix of classics and more popular repertory. Bremner suggested "The King's Singers" for the serious stuff and "King's Swingers" for pops. They chose to sing all their music under the first suggested name.

They have recorded their wide variety of music for several labels, and remained in existence continuously since 1965, although the personnel of the group has completely turned over. At the groups thirtieth anniversary approached, they were Tenor Paul Phoenix, baritones Phillip Lawson and Gabriel Crouch, Bass Stephan Connolly (the longest-serving current member), and countertenors Nigel Short and David Hurley. In 1968 and 1969 the Singers included one female singer (successively, Felicity Palmer and Eleanor Capp), and in 1969 they briefly added a third counter-tenor, James Bowman. The all-time longest serving member of the group was Alastair Hume, and original founder who remained with The King's Singers until the end of the 1992 season. ~ Joseph Stevenson, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Here's A Howdy Do

Title: H. M. S. Pinafore (The Lass That Loved A Sailor), Operetta
Title: The Mikado (The Town Of Titipu), Operetta
Title: The Gondoliers (The King Of Barataria), Operetta
Title: Ruddigore (The Witch's Curse), Operetta
Title: The Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta
Title: The Mikado (The Town Of Titipu), Operetta
Title: The Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta
Title: The Mikado (The Town Of Titipu), Operetta
Title: The Pirates Of Penzance, Operetta
Title: The Mikado (The Town Of Titipu), Operetta
Title: The Gondoliers (The King Of Barataria), Operetta
Title: Work(s)
Title: Patter Matter (a Patter-song Medley), For Voices
Title: The Mikado (The Town Of Titipu), Operetta
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Track List: Get Happy!

Composer: George Gershwin
Title: Sweet And Low-Down, Song (from Tip-Toes, Musical)
Title: The Half Of It, Dearie, Blues Song (from Lady, Be Good!, Musical)
Title: The Real American Folk Song (Is A Rag), Song (from Ladies First, Musical By Various Authors)
Composer: Harold Arlen
Title: Any Place I Hang My Hat, Song
Title: Ill Wind, Song
Composer: George Gershwin
Title: I Got Rhythm, Song (From Girl Crazy, 1930)
Composer: Harold Arlen
Title: Out Of This World, Song (from The Film "Out Of This World")
Title: Somewhere Over The Rainbow (For The Film "The Wizard Of Oz")
Title: One For My Baby (and One More For The Road), Song
Composer: George Gershwin
Title: Porgy And Bess, Opera
Title: But Not For Me, Song (from Girl Crazy, Musical)
Title: Porgy And Bess, Opera
Composer: Harold Arlen
Title: It's A New World
Title: Get Happy, Song (Used In "9:15 Revue")
Title: When The Sun Comes Out, Song
Title: My Shining Hour, Song (for The Film "The Sky's The Limit")
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Track List: Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories For Maundy Thursday

Composer: Gregorian Chant
Title: Maundy Thursday: Lectio 1 ("Incipit Lamentationem Hieremiae Prophetae. Aleph. Quomodo ..."
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo
Title: Responsories (9) For Maundy Thursday, For 6 Voices, Feria 5
Composer: Gregorian Chant
Title: Maundy Thursday: Lectio 2 ("Vau. Et Egressus Est A Filia Sion")
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo
Title: Responsories (9) For Maundy Thursday, For 6 Voices, Feria 5
Composer: Gregorian Chant
Title: Maundy Thursday: Lectio 3 ("Iod. Manum Suam Misit Hostis Ad Omnia")
Composer: Carlo Gesualdo
Title: Responsories (9) For Maundy Thursday, For 6 Voices, Feria 5
Title: Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel, Motet For 6 Voices, W. 7/93
Composer: Gregorian Chant
Title: Christus Factus Est, Versicle

Comments

liladickes6
Do you have 'The King's Singers Night Songs and Chanson D'amour albums?
I was very fortunate - to hear them live do as a new piece for our group of choral director's summer retreat. There wasn't a sound at the end until one male voice said, Bravo, bravo and we broke into a rousing applause. They were back again about 2 years later and, along with The King's Singers, we were treated to The Swingle Singers during the same week. I traveled with my H.S students to hear them whenever they were near. Memories are a wonderful thing!! Oh, and by the way, this was Iowa!
American Pie is my favorite so far
I grew up listening to the King's Singers since they were my father's favorite group. Now that my father has passed away I treasure their music even more since they remind me of my Dad and his love of music.
I love the King's Singers! They have such tight harmonies. It comforts me to hear them...
katie.glenn8
The King's Singers deserve to be super-famous , they have HUGE talent. My choir was lucky enough to have a workshop with them and they are so humble about thier talent. Great group!
I've just started listening to this band and so far my favorite song is Lonesome Road off of Good Vibrations, great entrance and great lyrics. Hope to listen to more soon. =)
juliajean17
Great singers and great harmonizing. For anyone who likes a Cappella singers Voice Male and Insideout are also great singing groups.
henboker3
Tomas Transtroemer says of music we love, the notes are more real than else. This selection strikes the deep Self in me. Danke/Henbok e r
YES!
marleneg2
Where have I been? This is great music and I've just become aware of it.
j34lamb
wonderful and great to know some background
nancyrmcguir e
Awesome group that has been one of my favorites for close to 30 years!
michw08
Wow! I am just totally speechless. Ya gotta hear these guys. Oh my God!
goodman0704
I saw them in concert in Fargo, ND, of all places. Great group.
I've never heard this group before. They are great! I have always loved a cappella music.
lee.richards
go to http://www.w e s t m u s i c . c o m / P r o d u c t D e t a i l s . a s p x ? p r o d i d = 8 1 2 6 7 8 if is what you are looking for.
lee.richards
Bob,
I found a recording of this song and it is spelled Ah Robyn. Some of the lyrics are "Adieu Sweet Amaryllis, Ah Poor Bird, Ah Robyn Gentle Robyn, Blow Thy Horne Thou Jolly Hunter, Christmas Is Coming, Come Follow, Come Let Us All A-Maying Go, Dame Lend Me a Loaf, Fie Nay Prithee John, Flow O My Tears, Follow Me Quickly, He That Will an Ale-House Keep, Hark the Bonny Christchurch Bells Ring, Hey Down a Down, Hey Ho Anybody Home, Hey Ho to the Greenwood, I Gave Her Cakes & I Gave Her Ale, I G
I've been a fan of these folks for longer than I care to admit. I saw them once in concert and they sang a piece entitled "Ah Robin". I have never been able to find this piece. Is anyone familiar with it?
kellied
I first heard the King's Singers on PBS singing, "You are the New Day." I had no idea who they were, but it had been in my head through bunches of pregnancies and births and I'd sing the song to my newborn babies. The other night I googled the lyrics and discovered who they are! I can't get enough of them!
The King's Singers have been a favorite of mine since the 80's. They did a Christmas special on PBS in the early 90's. Their voices were incredible.. . e s p e c i a l l y "Honeysuckle and the Bindweed" and "the Stately Homes of England...(v e r y funny lyrics). Would love to see more from them on Pandora, classic choral renditions and the fun stuff too!!
These men can sing like there's no tomorrow. Great ! Wow ! Awsome !
Make a Nylons station for much, much more men's a cappella musikz.

El Guapo
This great group can sure sing together,won d e r f u l harmony,they are a first class as far as I`m concerned,th e y do great with "The Rose"
ackerbex3
These guys totally RULE - and I love that they don't take themselves too seriously (the music yes, but not themselves).
omg i've never heard them before but omg they're so good!
ilovebyuidah o
Try The Ten Tenors if you like these guys (unfortunate l y , though, they're not yet on Pandora). They're Australian, while The King's Singer's are British, and both are all-male a cappella groups.
What a male vocal group should sound like!
When I listen... All is well, and I am hearing the music of the spheres.
Rest for a weary soul
like the flying pickets but much better
........what a sweet, sweet, sweet choral sound......a n d what fun to make this music!

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