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English Folksong Suite (3)
Ralph Vaughan Williams
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The King's Singers are a British a cappella vocal ensemble founded in 1968.
The group was formed by six choral scholars who studied at King’s College, Cambridge.
They have commissioned over 200 works, including pieces from contemporary composers such as Sir John Tavener and Toru Takemitsu.
They aren’t afraid to branch out and have commissioned arrangements of everything from jazz standards to pop hits.
After the early 1980s, their popularity began to spread from the UK to an international audience and they appeared frequently on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in the U.S.
Today the ensemble perform at around 125 concerts each year, mostly in Europe, the U.S. and the Far East.
Not only performers, the singers lead workshops and masterclasses around the world and they encourage young composers to write new scores.
In February 2009 the King's Singers' CD ‘Simple Gifts’ won a Grammy Award for Best Classical Crossover Album.
The singers won Best Choral Performance at the 2012 Grammy Awards along with Eric Whitacre for the album Light and Gold on which they performed "The Stolen Child", written for the group by Whitacre.
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