Sat 15th Jun at 7:30pm
The King's Singers
@ Cadogan Hall, London
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Lullaby Of Birdland: A Tribute To Sir Richard Rodney Bennett And Sir George Shearing: The King's Singers + Gwilym Simcock + Malcolm Creese
"The King's Singers join forces with Gwilym Simcock (piano) and Malcolm Creese (double-bass) to pay tribute to two legendary musicians and composers, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett and Sir George Shearing in an evening concert, hosted by Brian Kay.
The programme will include music written especially for The King's Singers, arrangements from the Great American Songbook and tracks from The King's Singer's hit album 'Get Happy', for which the group collaborated with both Richard Rodney Bennett and George Shearing.
Pre Concert talk: 6.15 - 7.00 pm"
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Image © Benjamin Ealovega 2012
The King’s Singers were officially born on May 1st 1968, formed by six recently-graduated choral scholars from King’s College, Cambridge. Their vocal line-up was (by chance) two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass, and the group has never wavered from this formation since.
What really distinguished the group in its early years was its musical diversity. The King’s Singers were a weekly fixture on prime-time television, celebrating popular music never usually touched by choral ensembles, and their unique British charm, combined with their musical craft, captured audiences’ hearts the world over. The group has consistently been welcomed on the world’s great stages throughout its history – from London’s Royal Albert Hall to the Opera House in Sydney or New York’s Carnegie Hall – as well as being ambassadors for musical excellence at numerous significant global events. Two Grammy® Awards, an Emmy® Award, and a place in Gramophone magazine’s inaugural Hall of Fame sit among the numerous accolades bestowed upon the group.
This love of diversity has always fuelled The King’s Singers’ commitment to creating new music. A panoply of commissioned works by many of the supreme composers of our times – including Sir John Tavener, Toru Takemitsu, John Rutter, Luciano Berio, Nico Muhly, György Ligeti and Eric Whitacre – sits alongside countless bespoke arrangements in the group’s extensive repertoire. The group is determined to spread the joy of ensemble singing, and leads workshops and residential courses all over the world each season.
The world may have changed a lot in the fifty years since the original King’s Singers came together, but today’s group is still charged by the same lifeblood – one that wants to radiate the joy singing brings every day, and to give life to audiences with their virtuosity and vision for an exciting musical future.
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Gwilym Simcock is one of the most gifted pianists and imaginative composers working on the British jazz scene today.
With a long list of accolades to his name, he is the first jazz artist to be selected as a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and moves effortlessly between jazz and classical music, with a style reminiscent of Keith Jarrett.
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Venue: Cadogan Hall
Enquiries: 020 7730 4500
Disabled Bookings: 020 7730 4500
→ Victoria 14 min walk
→ Sloane Square 2 min walk