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The King’s Singers: Songbirds

Friday 01 July 2022

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The natural beauty of birds and birdsong has long provided an inspiration for composers and artists of all kinds. Songbirds combines music inspired by our favourite feathered friends, spanning the last 500 years, with songs by modern-day ‘songbirds’ – singers and songwriters who have changed the course of popular music with their distinct voices and musical ideas, including iconic works written especially for The King’s Singers. This is a programme that deliberately juxtaposes ancient and modern in a way that makes both soar to new heights.

Programme

Fleetwood Mac, arr. Nick Ashby – Songbird

Renaissance:
Jacques Arcadelt – Il bianco e dolce cigno (à6)
William Byrd – Vigilate
Beth Orton, arr. Christopher Bruerton – Call me the breeze

Folk:

Ralph Vaughan Wiliams – The turtle dove
Zequinha de Abreu (arr. Miguel Esteban) – Tico-Tico no fubá
John Lennon and Paul McCartney, arr. Daryl Runswick – Blackbird

Romantic:
Franz Schubert – Flucht
Maurice Ravel – Trois beaux oiseaux de Paradis (from Trois Chansons)
Laura Mvula, arr. Eric Whitacre, ad. Christopher Bruerton – Father, Father

Contemporary:
György Ligeti – The cuckoo in the pear tree
Malcolm Williamson – The Musicians of Bremen (50th Anniversary)

Interval

Paul Patterson – Time Piece (50th Anniversary)
Close-harmony, to include Queen’s Good Old-Fashioned Lover Boy and Make You Feel My Love by Adele.

Performers

The King’s Singers

Dates, Times & Book

Fri 01 Jul 7:00 PM £40/£35/£25/£16/£10 Book

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