For more than half a century, The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers who make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy® winners since they first made waves in the 1960s. At a time when a cappella music is more popular than ever, The Swingles are recognised as masters of their craft.
American-born Ward Swingle first assembled a group of Parisian session singers to sing Bach’s keyboard music in 1963. The resulting album, Jazz Sebastian Bach, launched the Swingle Singers to fame. Since then, in addition to their five Grammy® awards they have made more than 50 recordings, with a repertoire that has grown to include a huge variety of music, including pop, jazz, folk, contemporary classical and new original songs.
The Swingles have appeared on numerous film and TV soundtracks, including Sex and the City, Wedding Crashers, Grey’s Anatomy and Glee. Their prolific output of music videos has also earned them millions of views online and new audiences around the world.
The group’s versatility has led to collaborations with artists as diverse as the Modern Jazz Quartet, Jamie Cullum and Labrinth.
In addition to a busy touring schedule that regularly takes them to North and South America, Europe and Asia, The Swingles present their own London A Cappella Festival at Kings Place each January in partnership with Ikon Arts Management. The festival is the first of its kind in the capital, welcoming the finest vocal talent from around the world.
“Stunning reinventions of songs by the likes of John Martyn, Elbow and Mumford & Sons, with subtle beatboxing and audacious harmonies... superhero singing to truly raise goosebumps.” – The Guardian
“The Swingle Singers pitched those mysteriously lovely chords with laser-like precision... a triumph” – The Daily Telegraph
“Without question one of the best close harmony groups in the world... fantastic singers” – Gareth Malone OBE
“Talented, talented people” – Jamie Cullum
Tickets £15 available via www.ticketsource.co.uk/shrewsburyschool or tel. 01743 280812