King’s Singers Vocal Workshop Video
The King’s Singers Vocal Workshop
It’s not every day that pupils have the opportunity to work with the illustrious King’s Singers, but that’s precisely what happened in a workshop held in the Goodison Hall on 16th September. ‘King’s Singers Inspire’ is the educational project which allowed this to happen, following on from a workshop a week earlier given by Rebecca Lodge from the BBC Singers and serving as a perfect aperitif to the King’s Singers’ own concert in Chapel on the same day. Pupils from St Mary’s Calne were in on the act too, enjoying a worthwhile collaboration in the process. The session proved invaluable, with positive, constructive advice offered on balance, breathing, communication, intonation and more besides in an absorbing and inspiring session, which will surely live long in the memory for all.
MCCS The King’s Singers
It’s always important to start a new season with a major triumph and in engaging The King’s Singers to open the 71st MCCS Season, that was very much the hope. Needless to say, they didn’t disappoint – far from it – this was consummate artistry an abundance performed by a world class ensemble in the ever inspiring surroundings of the College Chapel. The programme as a sort of historical musical journey: music from King Henry VIII’s manuscript, The Golden Age of English Madrigals, Music from the reign of Queen Victoria, and thereafter 20th century music from Benjamin Britten, Paul Drayton and ‘Best of British’ popular songs to round things off. What was perhaps most striking about the performance was The King’s Singers’ ability to sound so utterly accomplished whatever the era or style and with it to so eloquently introduce each work as the evening progressed. If you add to that the humour lavished on the programme throughout, this was a memorable evening indeed and every bit the triumph needed to set the scene for the season ahead.
P T Dukes