The King's Singers have set the gold standard in a cappella singing on the world’s greatest stages for over fifty years. They are renowned for their unrivalled technique, musicianship and versatility, which stem from both the group’s rich heritage and its drive to bring an extraordinary range of new and unique works, collaborations and recordings to life. The King’s Singers’ extensive discography has led to numerous awards, including two Grammy Awards, an Emmy Award, and a place in Gramophone magazine’s inaugural Hall of Fame.
Over the course of 2023, the group has released three diverse, collaborative albums that showcase the breadth of their repertoire. One marks 400 years since the deaths of two great Renaissance composers, Thomas Weelkes and William Byrd. Another celebrates their body of commissioned music, including the six Nonsense Madrigals written for the group by György Ligeti (who would have turned 100 in 2023). And the third honours 100 years of Disney, with almost thirty brand-new arrangements of songs from its iconic films.
Growing the global canon of choral music has always been one of the group's key aims, and The King’s Singers have now commissioned more than 200 works by many of the most prominent composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. These composers include John Tavener, Joe Hisaishi, Judith Bingham, Eric Whitacre, György Ligeti, Luciano Berio, Krzysztof Penderecki and Toru Takemitsu. All of this new music joins their unique body of close-harmony and a cappella arrangements, including those by individual King’s Singers past and present.
The King’s Singers were officially formed in 1968 when six recent choral scholars from King’s College, Cambridge gave a concert at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall. By chance, the group was made up of two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass, and the group has stuck to this singular formation ever since that debut.
Alongside their demanding performing and recording schedule – with over 100 concerts worldwide every season – the group also leads educational workshops and residential courses across the globe, working with both ensembles and individuals on their approaches to group singing. To mark their 50th anniversary in 2018, they founded The King’s Singers Global Foundation in the USA to provide a platform to support the creation of new music across multiple disciplines, to coach a new generation of performers, and to provide musical opportunities to people of all backgrounds.
Workshops and Masterclasses
The art of The King’s Singers can be distilled into three concepts:
Active Listening, Active Breathing and Vertical Thinking
The King's Singers offer wonderful and sought-after opportunities for ensembles or choirs, who can work with the group and receive feedback and suggestions to achieve the best possible sound. Every member of the ensemble/choir will take something new away from a King's Singers workshop, both collectively and individually.
Working on pre-prepared pieces of music, The King’s Singers will take participants on a musical journey in a relaxed and friendly environment, exploring the key aspects of ensemble singing.
Most workshops will end with a short Q&A session. This is a great opportunity for participants to ask any questions and hear an insight into life on the road, and how the King's Singers refer to the skills they have shared in workshops, on a daily basis.
If space is available, The King's Singers can work in pairs with up to three different ensembles concurrently. After a brief introduction, the groups can break off into the separate rooms for up to 45 minutes, before joining all together for the final 15 minutes.
Since March 2019, The King's Singers have successfully crafted bespoke masterclasses and workshops to continue to deliver their in-person teaching skills online, opening up even more opportunities for ensembles around the world to work with six members of The King's Singers.
This new online educational package enables singers, directors and choral practitioners to connect with The King's Singers in a way that works for your choir.
For more information please see the Online Education brochure in the download section of this page.
The King’s Singers oozed class … the musical qualities they embody – pinpoint precision, total rapport, crisp diction, faultless tuning and a seemingly effortless ability to switch between different stylistic requirements – are so evident.
Their vocal production was effortless, stylistically varied and beautifully blended, even in the most complex polyphony.
A unified, harmonious whole with flashes of pure individuality.