17/18 Vocal Ensemble Series: The King's Singers

17/18 Vocal Ensemble Series: The King's Singers

Friday, January 26 | 8 pm
$20 Ages 30 & Under
$10 Duke Students

Reserved Seating

Duke Performances 2017/18 season ticket packages — including the Pick-Four or More, Chamber Arts Series, Piano Recital Series, and Vocal Ensemble Series — will go on sale to the general public on TUESDAY, JUNE 20 at 11 AM. Single tickets to Duke Performances 2017/18 shows will go on sale TUESDAY, JULY 11 at 11 AM. Tickets will be available for purchase online, via phone at 919-684-4444, and in person at the Duke University Box Office, Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 6 PM.

Renewal deadlines for current subscribers for Duke Performances season ticket packages are as follows: Chamber Arts Series (Friday, April 21), Piano Recital Series (Friday, May 26), and Vocal Ensemble Series (Friday, May 26).


Half a century ago, six choral scholars at King’s College Cambridge formed their own choir. They took a bold approach, rewriting the rules about what classically trained vocal ensembles could sing and how they could sing it, mixing the contemporary with the classical and the sacred with the secular. During the last fifty years, twenty-six King’s Singers have come and gone, but they have all had in common a democratic musical sensibility and consummate technique, as much at home with Byrd as with the Beatles. “The King's Singers have the same microscopic perfection one sometimes hears from purely instrumental chamber musicians,” declares The Washington Post.

For its fiftieth anniversary, The King’s Singers dazzle with a typically wide-ranging program. They begin with an anniversary commission from former member Bob Chilcott before moving back in time to renaissance and romantic compositions. They surprise with a set of spirituals that includes arrangements of U2 and Paul Simon, and end the night’s first half with a new commission by firebrand composer Nico Muhly. The concert closes with a joyous panoply of audience favorites and new arrangements, all in honor of this exceptional ensemble’s monumental fiftieth anniversary.


Bob Chilcott: The Human Family (Anniversary Commission)
Henry Ley: Domine, Jesu Christe
Thomas Tallis: In Manus Tuas, Domine
William Byrd: Sing Joyfully
Toby Hession: Master of Music (Anniversary Commission)
Edward Elgar: O Happy Eyes
Sydney Lovatt: The Little Green Lane
Ralph Vaughan Williams: Rest
Francis Poulenc: Salve Regina
Traditional, arr. Robert Rice: Down by the Riverside
Paul Simon, arr. Andrew Jackman: Some Folks’ Lives Roll Easy
U2, arr. Bob Chilcott: MLK
Nico Muhly: Forthcoming Anniversary Commission
Geoffrey Poole: Wymondham Chants
Classic audience favourites and brand new surprises in close harmony from the lighter side of The King’s Singers’ repertoire