King's Singers for special jubilee concert in Lichfield Cathedral

Mon, 23/04/2012 - 13:02

One of the world’s most celebrated ensembles, The King’s Singers, comes to Lichfield Cathedral on Friday 1 June for a special concert.

To mark the Diamond Jubilee of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II in 2012, the singers have created a lively programme of secular music from the reigns of some of the Queen’s more colourful forebears, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and Victoria.

Henry was a man of many parts, some more attractive than others. Amongst other accomplishments he was noted as a fine musician, and many musical works have been ascribed to him.

Music played an important role in the courts of all 16th Century English monarchs, and musical puzzles and rounds were very popular during the reign of Henry’s daughter, Queen Elizabeth I.

During the reign of Queen Victoria the popularity of part song singing grew, with composers finding inspiration in all aspects of life from the sublime to the ridiculous.

The King’s Singers have commissioned Paul Drayton, the composer of one of the most requested pieces in the King’s Singers repertoire, Masterpiece, to write a new work. This amusing history will relate the sometimes precarious nature of the succession of England’s monarchs, from Alfred the Great onwards.

From Gesualdo to Michael Bublé, The King’s Singers are instantly recognisable for their spot-on intonation, impeccable vocal blend and incisive timing. Their 2012 touring schedule takes them to 20 countries around the world, and to some of the greatest concert halls, including Sydney Opera House, Carnegie Hall and the Berlin Philharmonie.

The singers have a packed schedule of concerts, recordings, media and education work that spans the globe. Championing the work of young and established composers, they remain consummate entertainers; a class-act with a delightfully British wit.

The King’s Singers’ Royal Rhymes & Rounds starts at 7.30pm. It is presented by Lichfield Festival and sponsored by David Arthur Opticians.

Tickets, £10-£25, are available now: Online at www.lichfieldfestival.org; by phone on 01543 306270 and in person at 7 The Close, Lichfield WS13 7LD.