The King’s Singers
Thursday, December 7, 2023 | 7:30 pm
For their fifth performance at Duke, the King’s Singers present a signature holiday program. One of the first vocal ensembles inducted into Gramophone’s “Hall of Fame,” the King’s Singers are famous across the world for their unique blend of the English choral tradition, popular music, modern composition, and a variety of other genres, resulting in a sound that defies easy categorization. Their performances bring matchless technique and endearing engagement with audiences, skills honed across their 55 years as an ensemble.
The King’s Singers’ Holiday Program emerges naturally from their conviction that music has the power to unite people and communities, providing a chance for disparate groups to come together in song and fellowship. Their program features Christmas favorites, and also highlights the legacy of English Renaissance composer William Byrd, and explores the works of Scandinavian composers like Norway’s Ola Gjeilo. They conclude by offering a convivial jaunt through the magical holiday legacy of Disney music.
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Carols from King’s
Henry James Gauntlett, arr. Nick Ashby: Once in Royal David’s city
Bob Chilcott: The Shepherd’s Carol
Robert de Pearsall, arr. Daniel Hyde: In dulci jubilo
Ola Gjeilo: Northern Lights
Bernhard Severin Ingemann, arr. Ole Faurschou:
Deilig er jorden
Edvard Grieg: Ave maris stella
400 Years of William Byrd
Plainchant: Rorate coeli
William Byrd: Rorate coeli
William Byrd: O magnum mysterium – Beata virgo
William Byrd: Vigilate
Finding Harmony at Christmas
Vince Guaraldi, arr. Nick Ashby: Christmastime is here
Franz Gruber, arr. John Rutter/Keith Roberts:
Stille Nacht/Silent Night
(Preceded by a reading of Christmas 1915)
Gustav Holst, arr. Alexander L’Estrange: In the
Leigh Harline, arr. John Rutter: When you wish
upon a star
Camille Saint-Saëns: Sérénade d’hiver
Celebrating 100 Years of Disney
A selection of seasonal songs celebrating the magic of 100 years of Disney
The Christmas Stocking
Festive favourites and brand-new surprises from The
King’s Singers world-famous close-harmony library
The King's Singers - Cruella de Vil (arr. Jim Clements) [LIVE from Wigmore Hall]
The King's Singers - Can you feel the love tonight (from 'The Lion King')
The Kings Singers & Fretwork - If women could be fair (William Byrd)
“The King’s Singers sound is immediately distinctive, in any repertoire.”