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King's Men, The

The King's Men

The King’s Men (formerly known as ‘Collegium Regale’—simply Latin for ‘King’s College’) is the close harmony group made up of the choral scholars of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. As Choral Scholars, our duties include singing the daily services in the Chapel, with busy recording and touring schedules in the vacations, and, of course, the famous Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on Christmas Eve, broadcast by the BBC all around the world.

But alongside these choir commitments run countless engagements with The King’s Men, which functions as a separate entity from the Choir itself, run by the choral scholars. We might expect to have as many as sixty King’s Men engagements each year, and these include concerts in and around Cambridge, entertainment at functions in College, singing at umpteen Cambridge May Balls (often at silly-o-clock in the morning) and our annual tour, for which our fourteen members split into two groups, and pile into four unfortunate cars, to visit venues in the North and South of England. We have also sung at the Hong Kong Club in Hong Kong (funnily enough), in New York, and at Princeton University. As the Beach Boys so aptly put it, we do Get Around.

We have also had the pleasure of performing independently with such stars as trumpeter, Alison Balsom, and the world’s premier operatic countertenor, Andreas Scholl. There was also a now-fabled appearance as backing vocalists with Dizzee Rascal at the Electric Proms. The group has sung for such luminaries as Lord Sainsbury (under the direction of Stephen Cleobury), Stephen Hawking, and Daniel Craig. We were also engaged to sing at the Greenwich Royal Naval College at an offi cial dinner celebrating the 2012 Olympics. All this is absolutely brilliant fun, but it requires quite a deal of hard work to keep standards up—there are frequent rehearsals in term-time led by our appointed musical directors, and our business manager has the colossal task of organising every event for the group. As if this were not enough, each year the most experienced third-year singers leave the choir and a new crop of wide-eyed freshers arrives. If you were to leave the group and come back three years later, it would be a completely different set of singers from the one you started with.

In some ways, of course, this presents difficulties (note learning, for one), but in others it is a source of strength, as new generations bring new ideas and keep the group constantly on its toes—things cannot stagnate, because there is simply not enough time for them to.


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