Kings come to South Africa

Known for their life-affirming virtuosity and irresistible charm, The King’s Singers, one of the UK’s most popular acapella vocal ensembles, will be touring South Africa in February next year.

The two-time Grammy-winning sextet has, in its previous incarnations, toured South Africa five times, between 1973 and 1997. Twenty years after their last appearance, this excellent ensemble promises to deliver a royal entertainment experience to South African music lovers nationwide.

The King’s Singers’ South African tour, supported by North-West University (NWU), will take place in Pretoria, Potchefstroom, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Cape Town and Stellenbosch between 9 and 16 February.

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The current line-up consists of Patrick Dunachie (countertenor), Timothy Wayne-Wright (countertenor), Julian Gregory (tenor), Christopher Bruerton (baritone), Christopher Gabbitas (baritone) and Jonathan Howard (bass).

Audiences can expect a consummate entertainment experience as they are taken on an enchanting vocal journey through various musical styles – from classical, folk and popular music favourites to jazz and choral standards.

Professor Fika Janse van Rensburg, rector of NWU’s Potchefstroom campus, said, “The North-West University has always had a soft spot for the arts, and we have consistently supported arts events and festivals that have enhanced Potchefstroom’s cultural life. Our PUK Arts department is thrilled to make the King’s Singers’ South African concert tour possible, because we believe this gives young people and the public valuable exposure to exceptional artists of their calibre.”

The six singers will also be conducting workshops for choirs at the North-West, Pretoria, Johannesburg and Stellenbosch universities, as well as for the Mzansi Youth Choir in Soweto.

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Bruerton said they are very excited about performing in South Africa and mentoring young choristers next year. “Sharing our passion with others, whether they are audiences or fellow singers, is an integral part of what makes this ensemble so special. It’s always incredibly uplifting to work with young singers – we learn as much, if not more, than we impart and always leave inspired and re-motivated.”

Don’t miss this opportunity to see the ensemble that has been dubbed ‘the world champions of acappella singing’ and ‘the kings of vocal art’, live in South Africa in 2017.

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