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Nov. 5, 1997

Britain's King's Singers return to campus for concert Thursday

By Stephanie Kugle and

Kristen Eppner

Reporters for The Baylor Lariat

The King's Singers will perform to a sold-out crowd at 8 p.m. Thursday in Jones Concert Hall inside the Glennis McCrary Music Building.

The group, which consists of six Englishmen, has been together for almost 30 years. Members of the group include Philip Lawson, baritone; David Hurley, counter tenor; Nigel Short, counter tenor; Stephen Connolly, bass; Gabriel Crouch, baritone and Paul Phoenix, tenor.

Crouch and Phoenix recently replaced Bruce Russell and Bob Chilcott, who have gone on to other pursuits, according to the King's Singers' homepage.

Russell, after 12 years with The King's Singers, is now a full-time composer who will be performing in Dallas in March 1998. Chilcott is exploring full-time ministry in the Church of England.

The King's Singers stem from a group of three choral scholars at King's College, Cambridge, who made a recording of the most popular music in their repertoire in 1965.

On May 1, 1968, the group was formally named 'The King's Singers' at their first London concert.

The King's Singers performed at Baylor several times in the '70s and '80s, according to Dick Veit, concert and promotions manager for the School of Music.

'The School of Music was very interested in having them come, since they have not been here in many years,' Veit said

The King's Singers will open this year's School of Music's Distinguished Artist Series with a collection of Germanic Romantic music off of their album Nightsong.

Also included in the program is a selection of five folk songs from North America, including 'Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair' and 'The Gift to Be Simple.'

After intermission the group will sing music from the British Isles, including early 20th-century songs by Gerard Finzi and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

The group released the new album Spirit Voices on Oct. 28. The album re-interprets music by popular singers like Peter Gabriel, Sting, Paul Simon and others.

'The King's Singers have a real following here in Waco,' Veit said. 'Now that we've got them here, we are already sold out. Jones Concert Hall seats 1,000 people. The concert being sold out demonstrates their popularity.'

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