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SIG 056

The King's Singers - Six

The Classical Shop
release date: June 2007

Recorded in 24 Bit / 44.1Khz
album available as a Studio File
Originally recorded in 2007

Artists:

The King's Singers



Venue:

Sarm West Studio, London

7 & 8 May & 10 Jun 2004

Producer:

Adrian Peacock



Engineer:

Mike Hatch



Record Label
Signum

Genre:

Vocal & Song


Religious

Total Time - 27:07
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TRADITIONAL

  arr. Philip Lawson  
1 

Down to the River to Pray

9:59
 

LENNON & MCCARTNEY

  arr. Daryl Runswick  
2 

Blackbird

3:08
 

JOBY TALBOT

  (words by Kathleen Jamie)  
3 

The Wishing Tree

3:39
 

BILLY JOEL

  arr. Philip Lawson  
4 

Lullabye (Goodnight my Angel)

4:00
 

IRVING BERLIN

  arr. Richard Rodney Bennett  
5 

Blue Skies

3:19
 

NEIL YOUNG

  arr. Peter Knight  
6 

After the Goldrush

3:02


Signum Records present a special CD release from the King’s Singers, celebrating over 35 years of popular repertoire that has left audiences delighted across the globe.

Formed in 1968 by six Choral Scholars from King’s College, Cambridge, the King’s Singers quickly became a prominent musical force in the UK. The rest of the world soon followed so that today the group’s engagements are spread throughout the four corners of the globe.

The ensemble are renowned for their commitment to blend balance and intonation in their performances, but above all it is their simple enjoyment of what they do that has captured the imagination of the public, and kept the King’s Singers at the top of their game for over three and a half decades.

This album presents six pieces performed by the six vocalists over the years. The titles were selected to span the life of the group so far: After the explosive rock decade of the 1960s in which the group was founded, you can almost hear the hair lengthen in Neil Young’s 1970 song After the Goldrush. This was originally sung by the group with Nana Mouskouri on her BBC TV show, and has remained popular ever since; Irving Berlin’s much-loved jazz classic Blue Skies is here sung in a cool and reflective arrangement by Richard Rodney Bennett; the Beatle’s Blackbird is one of the most requested encores happily sung to ecstatic audiences, and Daryl Runswick’s arrangement perfectly maintains the feel of the original song.

The remaining three tracks are all newly recorded pieces from the 21st century. Down to the River to Pray, a spiritual, appeared in the Coen brothers movie “O Brother Where art Thou?”; Billy Joel’s Lullaby Goodnight My Angel is an example of the songwriter at his lyric best. Finally, The Wishing Tree was commissioned by the King’s Singers and the BBC for the 2002 Proms, celebrating the present Queen’s Golden Jubilee. Joby Talbot, formerly of The Divine Comedy, was asked to compose a work in which to reflect Queen Elizabeth II’s life, as well as incorporating a 16th century madrigal-element, in reference to the reign of the first Queen Elizabeth.

"This is a short disc (just 20 minutes in total) but fun: think Swingle Singers, think gorgeous close harmony, think crossover-with-integrity, and enjoy."     ****

Warwick Thompson

Classic Fm Magazine - June 2005

"Six new tracks from the lads with the voices of spun gold. The irresistible verve of this much-changed group’s mid-1970s peak is  less evident, but for sheer polish and style these singers are truly ’kings’."

Julian Haylock

BBC Music Magazine - May 2005



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