The King’s Singers, one of the world’s most popular a cappella vocal ensembles, will be touring South Africa in February.
The two-time Grammy-winning sextet has in its previous incarnations toured South Africa five times in the past, between 1973 and 1997. Twenty years after their last appearance, this ensemble promises to deliver a royal entertainment experience to South African music lovers nationwide.
The King’s Singers’ South African tour, supported by North-West University (NWU), will take place in Cape Town and Stellenbosch on February 15 and 16.
The current line-up consists of Patrick Dunachie (countertenor), Timothy Wayne-Wright (countertenor), Julian Gregory (tenor), Christopher Bruerton (baritone), Christopher Gabbitas (baritone) and Jonathan Howard (bass).
Audiences can expect a “consummate entertainment experience” as they are taken on a vocal journey through various musical styles – from classical, folk and popular music favourites to jazz and choral standards.
The group’s repertoire has evolved to become one of the most diverse around. In the past The King’s Singers have commissioned works by leading contemporary composers including Luciano Berio, Sir James MacMillan and Toru Takemitsu, amongst others.
For their upcoming tour The King’s Singers have chosen to perform a work composed by South African composer Franco Prinsloo. Prinsloo, who writes Classical Contemporary music, Electronica, Cabaret, experimental music and pop, says: “The King’s Singers are the best a capella male group in the world and I have been listening to their albums for the most part of my life. To hear them sing one of my own pieces is a great honour and possibly the highlight of my composing career to date”.
The King’s Singers member Christopher Bruerton says they are very excited about performing in South Africa and mentoring young choristers this year: “Sharing our passion with others, whether they are audiences or fellow singers, is an integral part of what makes this ensemble so special. It’s always incredibly uplifting to work with young singers – we learn as much, if not more, than we impart and always leave inspired and re-motivated.”
* Tickets range from R295 to R695 and can be purchased via Computicket.
The King’s Singers Cape Town tour dates:
- Cape Town: Wednesday, February 15, at 7.30pm, at the Hugo Lambrechts Concert Hall.
- Stellenbosch: Thursday, February 16, at 7.30pm, at Kruiskerk.
For more information, visit www.kingssingers.com.