The King's Singers

Finding Harmony

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Format: CD
Label: Signum Classics
UPC: 0635212060728
Catnr: SIGCD 607
Release date: 31 January 2020
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Signum Classics
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0635212060728
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SIGCD 607
Release date
31 January 2020
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"Singing together binds us together. From the Protestant Reformation in Europe during the 1500s to the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, there have been countless moments in history when songs have united nations, cultures and causes. This is still the case in today’s world. Finding Harmony is evidence that music has always been our common language. A unique collection of pieces that span the globe – including music that’s too often forgotten – each song is the key to a powerful true story about who we are and how we’ve got here. Together, Finding Harmony proves how deeply we can be moved by all kinds of stories when songs connect us to them, and to each other."
Er zijn talloze momenten in de geschiedenis geweest waarin liederen mensen, culturen en idealen hebben verenigd, van de 16e eeuwse protestantse Reformatie binnen het westerse christendom tot de letterlijke hedendaagse betekenis van de kracht van de samenzang. ‘Finding Harmony’ is het levende bewijs dat muziek nog altijd onze universele taal is: “through music and particularly through singing together in harmony, there is always the possibility of an even better world”

Het nieuwe album van de King’s Singers verschijnt 31 januari op Signum Classics en onderstreept hiermee hun erfgoed van meer dan 50 jaar muzikale veelzijdigheid! Het album bevat songs van over de hele wereld die identiteit hebben gegeven aan mensen van wie hun cultuur of taal bedreigd is geweest, door de geschiedenis heen:

Van eeuwenoude Georgische polyfonie (inmiddels beschermd door UNESCO) die nog steeds generaties verbindt in de strijd tegen overheersing, Schotse traditionele melodieen uit de overlevering ten tijde van de 18e eeuwse Britse aanvallen op de Highlanders, tot protestsongs tegen het gewelddadige racisme tijdens de Amerikaanse Civil Rights Movement. De Afro Amerikaanse spirituals, kerk gospel songs, jazz en blues zetten kracht bij de vredelievende boodschap van Martin Luther King en zijn volgers. Maar ook Ariana Grandes recente hit One last time gaf kracht na de aanslag in Manchester, net als het Mexicaanse lied Cielito lindo gezongen door vrijwilligers tijdens de reddingsactie bij de aardbeving in 2017. Ook de vrouwenrechten en de schendingen daarvan worden door de King’s Singers bezongen in een lied dat synoniem werd voor het protest van de beweging #TimesUp.

De King’s Singers is één van ‘s werelds populairste vocale groepen. In 1968 geven zes net afgestudeerde zangers van King’s College, Cambridge, een concert in de Queen Elizabeth Hall in Londen. Dit debuut concert is de start van een carrière van meer dan 50 jaar en de vocale bezetting van twee countertenors, een tenor, twee baritons en een bas is sindsdien ongewijzigd gebleven. Hun Britse charme en muzikale vakmanschap veroveren wereldwijd de harten van het publiek. Naast de vele prijzen winnen zij twee Grammy Awards, een Emmy Award. De wereld mag dan in 50 jaar veranderd zijn sinds de oorspronkelijke King’s Singers bij elkaar kwamen, maar de missie om muziek te delen en mensen te inspireren blijft onveranderd.

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The King’s Singers were founded on 1 May 1968, when choral scholars who had recently graduated from King’s College, Cambridge, gave a concert at the Queen Elizabeth Hall at the Southbank Centre in London. Formed in Cambridge, the group had been singing together for some years in a range of line-ups under a different name, but this London debut was the catalyst for a five-decade-long career. Their vocal make-up was, by chance, two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass, and the group has never wavered from this formation since.

As former members of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, traditional choral repertoire pulsed through the veins of the founding King’s Singers, though what distinguished The King's Singers in the early years was their musical versatility. They 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 precise musical craft, captured audiences’ hearts the world over. The group has regularly performed at venues from London’s Royal Albert Hall to Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall to the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam.

The King's Singers have accumulated many glowing reviews from the world’s great musical publications, two Grammy® Awards, an Emmy® Award, and place in Gramophone magazine’s inaugural Hall of Fame, among numerous other awards.

In their early years, the group’s sound was informed by the work of arrangers like Gordon Langford, Daryl Runswick and Goff Richards, many of whom had worked extensively with brass bands. Writing for voices with this specific experience helped to develop the blended ‘close-harmony’ sound that has become a hallmark for so many King’s Singers performances and recordings since. In more recent times, individual King's Singers such as Philip Lawson and Bob Chilcott have written music prolifically from within the group. This music sits alongside a panoply of commissioned works by many superb composers of the 20th and 21st centuries – including Sir John Tavener, György Ligeti, Toru Takemitsu, John Rutter, Luciano Berio, Nico Muhly and Eric Whitacre. The group’s mission has always been to expand their repertoire with the aim of sharing their new music with ensembles and choirs of all kinds around the world. Much of their commissioned repertoire and arrangements are available in print through the publisher Hal Leonard. Over two million items from their King’s Singers collection have been shared with their customers worldwide.

This ongoing commitment to spreading great music incorporates a lot of teaching, both on tour and at home. In 2019, the group will lead workshops & masterclasses across the world as they travel. Week-long residential courses now also take an important place in their annual calendar, when the six King's Singers work with groups and individuals on the techniques of ensemble singing that have governed how they make music to this day. Their next Summer School will take place in the beautiful Cambridge University, the home of The King’s Singers, in July 2019.

With 2018 marking the 50th birthday of the group, The King’s Singers have been celebrating their GOLD anniversary, which acknowledges their amazing musical heritage, as well as the bright future of vocal music in all its forms as they move into 2019. The world may have changed a lot in the fifty years since the original King’s Singers came together, but today’s group still aims to radiate the joy that singing brings them every day. The King’s Singers are as determined as ever to inspire audiences with virtuosity and their vision for an exciting musical future.

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