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Cat. No. CHAN 6562 Price: £4.5 No. of discs: 1
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CHAN 6562 - The King's Singers: Original Debut Recording
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Available From: 21 July 2003
It hardly seems possible that thirty years have passed sine the fledgling King’s Singers spent several days at the Olympic Studios putting together this CD. The official London debut concert had taken place on 1 May 1968, at the Queen Elisabeth Hall, when all-too-fresh from university (as Choral Scholars at King’s College, Cambridge) we had the nerve to share the platform with a hand-picked assembly of instrumentalists also keen to make a name for themselves – early days, too, for the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, no less! The reviews were encouraging, and there was a definite feeling that it might be worth trying to pursue a career as a group. Foolhardy perhaps, but when we see the current King’s Singers (the Grandchildren, as we call them) going from strength to strength more than thirty years and well over three thousand worldwide concerts later, then maybe it was worth the effort.

The King’s Singers have made well over fifty albums, covering the wide range of their massive repertoire. But this one takes us right back to the start and should serve as a bit of a nostalgia trip for any who remember it, as well as giving newcomers an idea of what we were all about.

Brian Kay

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