The King’s Singers Celebrate 50 Years With a Carnegie Hall Concert

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The vocal sextet will perform music by Eric Whitacre, Billy Joel, and a new work by Nico Muhly at the April 22 anniversary event.
The King’s Singers
The King’s Singers Marco Borggreve

The King’s Singers—one of the world’s best vocal sextets—will celebrate their 50th birthday with a special anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall April 22. Past and present members of the British group will reunite for this concert, which features a specially-commissioned work by composer Nico Muhly: To stand in this house.

Founded in 1968 by six choral scholars from King’s College, Cambridge—hence the name—The King’s Singers quickly established a unique brand of a cappella singing. The group is notable for its seamless harmonies, purity of tone, and its diverse repertoire. An anniversary album, Gold, reveals this broad range of music—from madrigals to The Beatles to Billy Joel.

Over the last five decades, as individual members left, new singers joined, keeping the group rooted in its traditions but always evolving with younger talent.

For this anniversary concert, the group will be led by founding member Simon Carrington, and the composer/conductor Bob Chilcott, who sang tenor with the group for 12 years. They’ll be joined on stage by the Distinguished Concerts Singers International, which established its reputation creating choirs with auditioned amateur singers from around the United States.


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