The King’s Men have today released a new album of close-harmony Christmas arrangements. Twelve Days of Christmas follows in the footsteps of their previous album, After Hours, which topped the iTunes Classical Charts in June 2014. This new album showcases the lighter side of the Choral Scholars’ seasonal repertoire: while Away in a Manger and Gabriel’s Message feature on this new release, listeners will also find classic favourites such as Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and Santa Baby; Pat Dunachie, now First Alto in The King’s Singers, can be heard channelling Mariah Carey in All I want for Christmas is You.
Unlike many close-harmony groups, The King’s Men record together in a natural acoustic, instead of tracking each voice separately in a studio. This results in stronger musical cohesion and a more authentic sound.
When not singing as The King’s Men, or studying for their degrees, the Choral Scholars can often be found in the Chapel rehearsing for Evensong or a Christmas broadcast as part of King’s College Choir.
Stephen Cleobury, Director of Music, says he is proud of the success earned by The King’s Men:
“I am delighted that, after the success of the first King’s Men recording on the College label, the Choral Scholars have recorded this outstanding new collection of Christmas music. That they have planned, rehearsed and performed for this recording themselves is testament to the professionalism of Choral Scholars at King’s, and the results speak for themselves.”