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Swimming Over London / The King's Singers

The King's Singers
Release Date: 05/25/2010 
Label:  Signum Classics   Catalog #: 192   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Robert ChilcottJason MrazSarah McLachlanMika,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The King’s Singers: David Hurley, countertenor; Timothy Wayne-Wright, countertenor; Paul Phoenix, tenor; Philip Lawson, baritone; Christopher Gabbitas, baritone; Stephen Connolly, bass

A collection of jazz-inspired songs combing long-standing favorites with wonderful new arrangements from the world’s most popular a cappella ensemble.


It has been a great pleasure for us to create this album of jazz-inspired songs. Included in the playlist are five brand-new, original songs, which we have commissioned for this disc. Two come from the Finnish songwriter Mia Makaroff. A few years back we heard one of her songs, Butterfly, performed by the Finnish group Rajaton, and when we
Read more were planning the playlist her name came to mind. Later on down the line she said she had two ideas, and was struggling to decide between them, hence the two songs. We also asked Ysaye M. Barnwell, one of the singers in the internationally acclaimed a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, and she provided us with a wonderful Caribbean-influenced track.

The album’s title track, Swimming over London, was created by former King’s Singer, Bob Chilcott, a well-renowned choral composer, who was in former times a prolific arranger and occasional songwriter. Our last original song comes from the New York-based composer, arranger and producer, Roger Treece. “In addition to arranging and composing for ensembles from the Manhattan Transfer to the Danish Radio Symphony, Roger has collaborated closely with Bobby McFerrin since 2002, both as a member of Voicestra and as a co-composer and producer of the recently released choral album VOCAbuLarieS. For this album, in addition to his new song Keeper of the Seasons, he has arranged two contrasting songs; Sarah McLachlan’s beautiful Angel and Pat Metheny’s September 15th.

In amongst all these new songs are some King’s Singers favorites, including Recipe for Love and It’s a new world, along with newly arranged versions of Straighten up and fly right and Home by Alexander L’Estrange, and, from within the group, new arrangements by Philip and Christopher.

We hope you will enjoy listening to this disc as much as we enjoyed making it.

-– The King’s Singers
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Works on This Recording

Swimming over London by Robert Chilcott
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
I'm Yours by Jason Mraz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Contemporary 
Angel by Sarah McLachlan
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
By the Time by Mika
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
September 15th / Keeper of the Seasons by Roger Treece
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
A Star Is Born: It's a New World by Harold Arlen
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Don't Let Go by Ysaye M. Barnwell
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Hide and Seek by Imogen Heap
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: Contemporary 
Lazy Bones by Hoagy Carmichael
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1933; USA 
Andromeda by Mia Makaroff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Recipe for Love by Connick, Harry, Jr.
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Silent Love by Mia Makaroff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Straighten up and fly right by Nat "King" Cole
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1943; USA 
Home by Michael Buble
Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers

Featured Sound Samples

Straighten Up and Fly Right (Cole)
I'm Yours (Mraz)

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