The Swingle Singers
For half a century, the Swingle Singers have pushed the boundaries of what the human voice can achieve. Their vocal agility and blend, combined with captivating showmanship, have thrilled audiences across the globe. Celebrating their 50th anniversary in the 2013-14 season, today’s young and gifted Swingle Singers represent the group’s evolution from baroque jazz pioneers to contemporary a cappella phenomenon.
In 1963, American-born Ward Swingle 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. Over five decades the group has sustained a level of international popularity beyond its founder’s wildest dreams, with each new singer bringing something fresh to the Swingle sound.
Now based in London, the group is made up of seven young and versatile voices, driven by the same innovative spirit that defined the original line-up.
The Swingles have sung on the world’s most famous stages, from Ronnie Scott’s to La Scala. They have won 5 Grammy Awards, featured on the soundtracks of Sex and the City and Glee, and made over 50 recordings. Recent releases include Ferris Wheels (featuring unique versions of songs by Björk, Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake) and the winter EP Yule Songs. The 2013-14 season will see the release of two new albums to mark their anniversary year.
In 2013, their concert schedule takes them to North and South America, Russia, China and Dubai in addition to extensive touring in Europe and the UK. As they enter their sixth decade, the Swingle Singers invite you to join them for the next stage of their extraordinary journey.