Much-loved countertenor retires from The King's Singers

The King's Singers

David Hurley, the countertenor who has helped to shape The King's Singers' sound and repertoire - and stage light-hearted performances by the all-male vocal sextet - has announced he's leaving the group. Hurley (pictured above, far left) joined the King's Singers in 1990.

The countertenor said: "After more than 25 years singing with The King’s Singers, I’ve decided the time has come to move over and allow someone else the fantastic opportunity to be the group’s 1st Countertenor.

"I will be leaving in August 2016, so have many more concerts to sing between now and then. It is such a privilege to be a part of the KS. I’d like to thank Simon, Alastair, Bob, Bruce and Stephen for appointing me, and would also like to thank them, along with Phil, Nigel, Gabs, Paul, Robin, Chris, Tim,  Johnny, Chris and Julian, for being amazing colleagues.

"Thanks also to our wonderful management team over the years. I have some ideas about what I’d like to do next, but I suspect it will be tricky to find something that will live up to this job. In the meantime I will savour every moment of the next year and a bit."

The auditions to find a new countertenor will begin in the autumn. A spokesperson for The King's Singers told Classic FM that finding a replacement for David will not be easy.