The King's Singers announce two new members
The King’s Singers are delighted to announce two new members; bass-baritone Nicholas Ashby and countertenor Edward Button will be joining the group in January 2019, replacing Christopher Gabbitas (second baritone) and Timothy Wayne-Wright (second countertenor) respectively.
Nick Ashby has been a professional singer since graduating from the University of York nearly a decade ago and has sung with many of the UK’s leading choirs, including the Tallis Scholars and Stile Antico. Edward Button was a choral scholar at Girton College, Cambridge and also an Alto Lay Clerk at King’s College Cambridge as well as a member of ‘Collegium Regale’ (now the ‘King’s Men’).
Commenting on their new posts, Ashby said:
“My first memory of The King’s Singers is when we listened to tapes in the car with my parents. Even as a young kid they captivated me and registered in the back of my psyche. It’s a surreal dream to be able to join them.”
Button, who first heard The King’s Singers when he was at the Collegiate Church of St Mary Warwick, said:
“Our director of music suggested we go and listen to them rehearsing when they came to give a concert in St Mary’s Church, Warwick. They were amazing. I couldn’t possibly ever have imagined that I would be singing with them as part of the group one day. It’s flabbergasting really.”
The King’s Singers were officially formed on 1 May 1968. Their vocal line-up was (by chance) two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass and the group has never wavered from this formation since. To celebrate their 50th anniversary, the group presented GOLD, an anniversary season featuring the release of a triple-album CD and a worldwide concert tour. Christopher Gabbitas, who joined in 2004, and Timothy Wayne-Wright, who joined in 2009, have chosen to leave the group on a high, at the end of this extraordinary year, to spend more time with their families.
Programme and performers announced for Intermusica Charity Concert!
There’s now less than a week to go before Intermusica’s Charity Concert in aid of Pelican Cancer Foundation, and we’re delighted to announce our full programme and performers.
From the Renaissance strains of Monteverdi to the luscious sonorities of Elgar, this programme will showcase the unique talents of the Intermusica staff team, along with guest appearances from our esteemed artists.
Highlights include a piece composed by Intermusica’s Head of International Touring, Peter Ansell, as well as a performance of the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies’ unforgettable Farewell to Stromness by Intermusica Managing Director, Stephen Lumsden. The evening will culminate in Brahms’ stunning Geistliches Lied, originally written for choir and organ, and heard here in a special arrangement for string orchestra and choir by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
Tuesday 26 September 2017
7 – 8.15pm, followed by post-concert drinks
St James’ Church, Islington
Stanford Beati Quorum Via
Crystal Wharf Singers* (Intermusica choir)
de Visée & Monteverdi Selected songs
Julian Gregory (The King's Singers**), tenor / Peter Martin*, theorbo
Maxwell Davies Farewell to Stromness
Stephen Lumsden*, piano
Elgar Chanson de Matin, Op.15 (arr. Shaw)
Rachel Walters*, piano / Katherine Walters, piano
Piano Duet – TBA
Martin James Bartlett**, piano / Roger Vignoles**, piano
Peter Ansell* Summer Night
Susanna Hurrell**, soprano / Roger Vignoles**, piano
Elgar Serenade for Strings, Op.20
Crystal Wharf Sinfonietta * (Intermusica string orchestra)
Brahms Geistliches Lied, Op.30 (arr. John Eliot Gardiner**)
Crystal Wharf Singers / Crystal Wharf Sinfonietta
* Intermusica staff / ** Intermusica artists
We are thrilled to be joined by a number of representatives from Pelican Cancer Foundation, including CEO Sarah Crane and Head of Community Fundraising, Tim Lockwood, who will tell us more about Pelican and the positive impact of fundraising initiatives such as these.
This concert has been reported in the Islington Gazette and Classical Music magazine, and has received support from the Association of British Orchestras.
Tickets can be purchased online here for a suggested donation of £10 or minimum donation of £5, or on the door (cash only). For those who cannot attend but would still like to make a donation, please visit Pelican's website here and type 'Intermusica' in the text box within the form; this will ensure that your donation is credited to our campaign.
We very much hope you will support Intermusica and Pelican by coming along on the 26th – we look forward to seeing you for a drink afterwards!