The King's Singers

Christmas Presence

Price: € 13.95
Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212049723
Catnr: SIGCD 497
Release date: 03 November 2017
1 CD
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€ 13.95
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03 November 2017

About the album

The essence of The King’s Singers has always been live performance. Commercial recordings are hugely important as a way of disseminating our material, and the group has always been committed to a comprehensive recording programme, but for us the best of both worlds is represented on this disc: a live concert recording.
Christmas Presence gives the listener the experience of being at a live King’s Singers concert, in one of the world’s most beautiful buildings (and acoustics!) from the comfort of their own home. You can be assured that there is nothing here other than what we produced on the night itself; and what better a season to celebrate with music than Christmas?
Our programme for this special concert takes the listener through various ages and styles of music, from the Renaissance to the present day, and we feel it would make the perfect accompaniment to your Christmas morning - beginning with the sacred music that celebrates the birth of Jesus, move through more modern carols familiar from church and cathedral services across the nation, and ending with the musical trimmings that your roast turkey deserves!
The King’s Singers

De essentie van The King's Singers is altijd live performance geweest. Commerciële opnames zijn enorm belangrijk om materiaal te verspreiden, en de groep heeft zich altijd ingezet voor een uitgebreid opnameprogramma. Voor ons staat het beste van beide werelden op dit album: een live concertopname.

Christmas Presence geeft de luisteraar de ervaring om een live King's Singers concert in een van 's werelds mooiste gebouwen (en akoestiek) vanuit het comfort van zijn eigen huis bij te wonen. Je kunt er zeker van zijn dat er niets anders is dan wat we in de nacht zelf hebben geproduceerd; en wat is nu een beter seizoen om Kerst te vieren met muziek?

Ons programma voor dit speciale concert neemt de luisteraar mee naar verschillende jaren en muziekstijlen, van de Renaissance tot de muziek van vandaag de dag, en we denken dat het de perfecte aanvulling zou zijn op een kerstochtend - te beginnen met de heilige muziek die de geboorte van Jezus viert, naar de modernere kerstliederen die bekend zijn van kerkdiensten en kathedraaldiensten, en eindigend met de muzikale garnering die je gebraden kalkoen verdient!

- The King's Singers


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, György Ligeti, Toru Takemitsu, John Rutter, Luciano Berio, Nico Muhly 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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