Fleetwood Mac Songbird, arr. Nicholas Ashby
The Beatles Blackbird, arr. Daryl Runswick
Traditional She’s like the swallow, arr. Bob Chilcott
G Ligeti The cuckoo and the pear tree
H Watkins The Phoenix and the Turtle
F Schubert Flucht
M Ravel Trois beaux oiseaux du Paradis
F Poulenc Pilons l’orge
C Janequin Le chant des oiseaux
E Johnson Come, blessed bird
J Arcadelt Il bianco e dolce cigno
P Passereau Il est bel et bon
M Williamson The Musicians of Bremen
B Orton Call me the breeze, arr. Christopher Bruerton
L Mvula Father Father, arr. Eric Whitacre
Queen Good old-fashioned lover boy, arr. Nicholas Ashby
The King’s Singers have represented the gold standard in a cappella singing on the world’s greatest stages for over fifty years. They are renowned for their connection and engagement with their audiences, their unrivalled technique, and their consummate musicianship.
The natural beauty of birds and birdsong has long provided an inspiration for composers and artists of all kinds. ‘Songbirds’ combines some of this music with songs by modern-day ‘songbirds’ – singers and songwriters with distinct voices and musical ideas.
This event has been made possible with the generous support of the Patricia Austin legacy.