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[Concert] >> The King's Singers Concert
The King's Singers Concert
Jun. 20th, 2008 19:30 (Fri.)
Shanghai Concert Hall
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Their pitch was so true it gleamed.----The Washington Post

David Hurley – Countertenor
Robin Tyson – Countertenor
Paul Phoenix – Tenor
Philip Lawson – Baritone
Christopher Gabbitas – Baritone
Stephen Connolly – Bass

Established in 1968 and originally affiliated with King's College, Cambridge, from whence comes their name, this sextet of Englishmen combines musical excellence with a diverse repertoire, ranging from folk songs to madrigals to contemporary pop hits. The group's universal popularity stems from its unique ability to communicate the sheer enjoyment of singing a vast and eclectic repertoire.

In 2006, King’s Singer bring their beautiful voice to Shanghai. One and a half year later, they are back. Five series music, including CELTIC SOUNDS, JUNGLE BOOK, ALL THAT JAZZ, SALUTE TO BROADWAY, BRIT POP will soon meet you in Shanghai Concert Hall.

Mairi's Wedding
Danny Boy
There's nae luck about the house
O my love is like a red, red rose
Phil the fluter's ball

Suite from the Jungle Book
Lazy Bones / Up a lazy river (Hoagy Carmichael)
Blue Skies (Irving Berlin)
Creole Love Call (Duke Ellington)
It's a new world (Harold Arlen)
Recipe for love (Harry Connick Jnr.)
Rhythm of Life (Sy Coleman)
Memory (Andrew Lloyd-Webber)
O I can't sit down (George Gershwin)
All I ask of you (Andrew LLoyd-Webber)
Sit down, you're rocking the boat (Loesser)
A group of British Pop hits, including songs from the Beatles.
David Hurley – Countertenor
David Hurley
David began his life on a wet August bank holiday Monday in 1962. His next significant day was Saturday, February 7th, 1970, when his parents gave him the choice of enjoying a football match at Southampton, or enduring the ‘Voice Trials’ for Winchester Cathedral Choir. Rather to his surprise now, he chose the ‘Voice Trials’ and even more surprising - was given a place as a chorister in the choir. At thirteen, he went to Winchester College where, rather later than he would have liked, his voice made the short drop to countertenor. After three years as a choral scholar at New College, Oxford, and armed with a geography degree, he began his career as a freelance singer before joining the King’s Singers in 1990. When he is not travelling with the group, he tries to spend as much time as possible with his hard-working wife, Sarah. They look forward to having enough time to sail their boat, and to the completion of the seemingly never-ending renovation of their home.
Robin Tyson – Countertenor
Robin Tyson
Robin joined the group in January 2001. He has sung his whole life, first as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral, then as a ‘light-calibre’ baritone before biting the bullet and becoming a countertenor at the age of seventeen. A year later he was offered a choral scholarship to King’s College, Cambridge, singing every day in the chapel. He studied Theology, and was the only undergraduate to have a credit system set up in the library to pay fines on his overdue books! Despite gaining a very average degree, the musical life at Cambridge kept him busy. Singing with the college’s acappella group was part of that life, which came full-circle on joining the King’s Singers. Before joining up, he sang all over Europe, America and Asia, first as a choir member of various groups, including his own six-man outfit called the Acappellafellas, and then as a soloist in concerts and opera for whoever would have him! When he is at home in London he likes nothing better than spending time with his wife Christina and two sons, Henry and Magnus, showing new tricks he has learnt to dog Rosie, and indulging in cooking, walking and changing nappies. He also insists in going through the joys and agonies of supporting a second division football club, Reading.
Paul Phoenix – Tenor
Paul Phoenix
Paul began his musical training aged nine as a chorister at St. Paul's Cathedral, during which time he made several successful recordings , including the Ivor Novello award winning theme to John Le Carre's “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” in 1979.

After graduating from the Royal Northern College of Music in 1991, he worked as a freelance singer for six years enjoying a varied existence, from backing Elaine Paige in concert, to coaching singing to the boy trebles of Westminster Under School. Paul joined the King’s Singers in September 1997 and loves the hectic but rewarding way of life: travelling the world and being privileged enough to sing in some of the finest concert halls, churches and cathedrals around. He is married to Helena and has two sons, William aged eight, a complete soccer fanatic, and Edward who, aged only four, already spends most of his days singing! Paul's other great passion in life is cars - finally, after a monotonous diet of Audis (four, in as many years), he has decided to change flavors and defected to BMW. Paul is always easily identified in airport lounges around the world, with his head buried in the latest motoring journal!
Philip Lawson – Baritone
Philip Lawson
Philip had his first experience of singing in the choir of the thousand-year-old church at Worth in Sussex, and before leaving school he became choir master there and organist of another local church. Philip studied music at the University of York and sang countertenor in the choir of the city’s gigantic Minster. By the time he moved to London, however, he had switched to baritone, and spent three years as a freelance singer, working mainly with the BBC Singers (alongside future King’s Singers colleague Bob Chilcott) and the choir of St Paul’s Cathedral (behind present King’s Singers colleague, chorister Paul Phoenix!).
His connections with the King’s Singers continued when he joined the choir of Salisbury Cathedral in 1982 where one of the choristers at the time was Simon Carrington’s son Jamie, and the annual Southern Cathedrals Festival brought him regularly onto the same platform as Winchester Lay Clerk David Hurley! For over ten years, until he took over Simon’s job in the King’s Singers Philip was a schoolteacher in Salisbury and ran several choirs and a business selling new and secondhand music.
He also built up a catalogue of compositions, which consists mainly of church music, but which also includes jazz arrangements, musicals and now, of course, arrangements for the King’s Singers. Philip lives in a village near Salisbury with his wife Lizzie and their three daughters Sophie, Amy and Georgia.
Christopher Gabbitas – Baritone
Christopher Gabbitas
Christopher was born in 1979 in Cornwall, the most south-western of England’s counties, but has never lived there since. The family moved to Kent after his father ended a career as a Royal Naval Officer and switched to the world of academia, which he still pursues as a professor in New Zealand. Christopher first heard the King’s Singers as a young child when “A Portrait of the King’s Singers” was played in the car on long journeys, but never dreamed that he might one day be part of the group! His musical career began as a chorister in Rochester Cathedral, and continued as a music scholar at Uppingham School and a choral scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, where he occasionally directed the scholar’s ensemble, “The Gentlemen of St. John’s” and also sang with “Collegium Regale” (as did Robin!).
After Cambridge, and armed with a Law Degree, Christopher attended Law School in Oxford, singing in Christ Church Cathedral Choir, and qualified as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in 2003, working in the City of London and singing at the Temple Church (of Da Vince Code fame) and was thrilled to be appointed as the second baritone of the King’s Singers in 2004. Not only has he been fortunate enough to have performed to many people in many different countries, in venues both large and small, he has also found happiness of a different kind! Whilst on tour in America he was lucky enough to meet Stephanie, now his fiancée, and they are due to be married in the summer of 2006 in America and England
Stephen Connolly – Bass
Stephen Connolly
Stephen, having been a fan of the King’s Singers in his teenage years, is somewhat shocked to find himself part of the very same group, and to being a member for well over a decade. He was born in Yorkshire, and began his musical life in the choir of Leeds Parish Church, where he sang both boy chorister and bass Lay Clerk (not at the same time!). On leaving school he moved “south” to London and accepted a scholarship at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he studied singing with Rudolf Piernay.
Before officially finishing his studies, he jumped at a chance to audition with his “old time idols”, the King’s Singers, and jumped even higher when he was offered the job! Still yearning for the delights of his native Yorkshire - Tetley’s Bitter (beer!) and Yorkshire Pudding (not beer!), he now lives in Devon with his family: Melanie, Harry, Molly, Rem, Sooty and Sue (wife, son, daughter, cats times three respectively). His free time is spent at home with his family, but now and again he finds the odd hour to indulge himself in his solitary hobby of fly fishing (for trout, not flies!).
* The programme is subject to change, it'll be determined to the day of performance.
(Last Update: Apr. 8th, 2008 11:41)

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