King’s Singers, the
- Michael Hix
British vocal ensemble. The group is one of the oldest and most successful choral ensembles in the world. The ensemble was formed in 1965 at King’s College in Cambridge, England. The King’s Singers’ distinctive approach is inspired by the English choral tradition, as well as American barber-shop quartet style. The ensemble’s popularity is largely due to its wide variety of repertoire ranging from Renaissance works to popular music, sung in exquisitely tuned, often humorous performances. Since the 1970s, the group has frequently toured the United States, in addition to collaborating with many American artists and organizations. They have recorded over 60 albums with BMG Classics and RCA Victor, including performances with American ensembles such as the Boston Pops, Cincinnati Pops, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. The King’s Singers has commissioned new choral works from several American composers, including Libby Larsen’s A Lover’s Journey, Ned Rorem’s Pilgrim Strangers, and Eric Whitacre’s ...