The King's Singers; 11/03/2017

The King’s Singers
Friday, November 3, 2017 - 8:00pm
Mead Memorial Chapel

Back by popular demand, the world’s most renowned a cappella ensemble returns to Middlebury to celebrate its 50th anniversary season. Acclaimed for virtuosity, life-affirming energy, and charm, they present a program surveying five decades of King’s Singers repertoire, plus new works commissioned for this anniversary year. A Nelson Series event. Tickets: $30 General public/25 Midd ID holders/6 Midd students. 

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The King's Singers perform Greensleeves. 


LEY The Prayer of King Henry VI


PALESTRINA Sicut cervus

TALLIS In manus tuas

BYRD Sing Joyfully

HESSION Master of Music*

STANFORD The Bluebird

LOVATT The Little Green Lane


POULENC Quatre petites prières de Saint François d’Assise

SIMON (arr. Jackman) Some Folks’ Lives Roll Easy

Traditional (arr. Rice) Down by the Riverside

U2 (arr. Chilcott) M. L. K.

MUHLY To Stand in this House*


RUTTER Be Not Afeard* 

BENNETT The Seasons of his Mercies

Plus classic audience favorites and brand new surprises 

* New Anniversary Commission


The King's Singers

Patrick Dunachie, Countertenor
Timothy Wayne-Wright, Countertenor
Julian Gregory, Tenor
Christopher Bruerton, Baritone
Christopher Gabbitas, Baritone
Jonathan Howard, Bass

Acclaimed worldwide for their virtuosity, life-affirming energy and charm, The King’s Singers are in global demand. Their work, synonymous with the very best in vocal ensemble performance, appeals to a vast international audience. Performing to hundreds of thousands of people each season, the group tours regularly to Europe, North and South America, Asia and Australasia. Instantly recognisable for their immaculate intonation, vocal blend, diction and incisive timing, The King’s Singers are consummate entertainers.

The group’s repertoire has evolved to become one of the most diverse and compelling imaginable. The King’s Singers have commissioned over 200 works, including landmark pieces from leading contemporary composers including Luciano Berio, György Ligeti, Sir James MacMillan, Krzysztof Penderecki, Toru Takemitsu, Sir John Tavener, Gabriela Lena Frank and Eric Whitacre. They have also commissioned arrangements of everything from jazz standards to pop chart hits, explored medieval motets and Renaissance madrigals, and encouraged young composers to write new scores.

In addition to performing to capacity audiences and creating highly regarded and much-loved recordings, The King’s Singers share their artistry through numerous workshops and masterclasses around the world.  The group hosts a biennial residential Summer School at Royal Holloway (part of the University of London) where they are also Ensemble in Residence.   Among the work supported by The King’s Singers Foundation, A Carol for Christmas is a composition competition that seeks to encourage young and up-coming composers, giving the winners the chance for their piece to be performed in King’s College Chapel (Cambridge, UK).

Double Grammy® award-winning artists, the group were honoured in 2009 for their Signum Classics release, Simple Gifts, and again in 2012 for their contribution to Eric Whitacre’s Light and Gold album on Universal/Decca.  Recently voted into Gramophone Hall of Fame, rave reviews and repeated sell-out concerts confirm that The King’s Singers remain one of the world’s finest vocal ensembles. 

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