February 2020 - Turn It Up: The King's Singers
The King’s Singers are back! Fresh off their 50th-anniversary tour, the vocal sextet returns to Santa Fe for another magical evening at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Known worldwide for their “seamless blend and pitch-perfect, liquid tone” (Washington Post), these Emmy- and Grammy-winners span genre, emotion, and time in their spellbinding performances. Whether exploring Renaissance classics, performing new commissions, or grooving to delectable crossover arrangements, this flagship British ensemble has something for everyone. We asked baritone Chris Bruerton a few questions about the ensemble.
How did the group form?
The group was formed from six friends who attended King’s College, part of the University of Cambridge. After graduating they kept performing together and had their debut concert as The King’s Singers on May 1, 1968.
How did they meet?
They were Choral Scholars, singing the daily services in the famous King’s Chapel.
Where do their vocal inspirations come from?
One of the inspirations was a group from Germany called The Comedian Harmonists who formed in the late 1920s, an all-male ensemble of five singers and a pianist performing tight harmonies and a range of music from folk and classical songs through to modern-day popular favorites.
What can we expect from this concert?
You can expect a whole lot of love songs throughout the ages. Whether you’re a hopeless romantic or a Valentine’s Day skeptic, there’s something for everyone!
The King’s Singers will perform in Santa Fe on February 22nd at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi. Visit https://performancesantafe.org/ to purchase your tickets.