Pavilion Arts Centre
The Swingles and Twelfth Day
31 Mar 2017
For more than half a century the Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that 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 60s. With two new albums in 2015 (Deep End and Yule Songs vol.II), the Swingles celebrate that legacy by starting a whole new chapter.
In 1963, American-born Ward Swingle first assembled a group of Parisian session singers to sing Bach’s keyboard music. The resulting album, Jazz Sebastian Bach, launched the Swingle Singers to fame. Since then their repertoire has grown to include a huge variety of music, as well as new original songs. They have released more than 50 recordings, winning five Grammy awards and appearing on numerous film and TV soundtracks including Sex and the City and Glee.
The group’s versatility has led to collaborations with artists as diverse as the Modern Jazz Quartet, Jamie Cullum and Labrinth. Luciano Berio was one of the first composers to explore the sound of the Swingles’ amplified voices in an orchestral setting and the group continues to perform his ground-breaking Sinfonia around the world, including recent performances at the Royal Festival Hall and La Scala.
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 Art Management. The festival is the first of its kind in the capital, welcoming the finest vocal talent from around the world.
Twelfth Day are fiddle player Catriona Price and harpist Esther Swift. They both sing - often in unison, creating a new voice that is neither one nor the other. They both write – together, weaving traditional folk with classical elements to create a music that’s outside of genre. Lyrically they combine their own experiences, inspirations and dreams, informed by musical travels around the globe and their upbringings in Orkney and the Scottish Borders. They are inseparable.
Their newest release Shell Story (2015), is a mini-LP incorporating new original tracks as well as remixes from their last full album The Devil Makes Three. The music on the two records brings together everything these women have heard and learned, over many years of playing and studying, to form a musical statement about who they are. The records surprised and thrilled broadsheet music critics and the folk press alike.
"21st century art music for trad fans" - fRoots
Dates and Prices
Dates: Friday 31 March 7.30pm
Matcham: 12% off
Groups (8+)/Senior/Disabled: £1.75 off (not Dress Circle)
JSA/Income Support/Students/Children: ½ price (not Dress Circle)