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Swingle Singers

Swingle Singers

Mixed Vocal Jazz Ensemble from London, England.

Awards
1963 - Grammy Winner - Best New Artists
1963 - Grammy Winner - Best Performance by a Chorus
1964 - Grammy Winner - Best Performance by a Chorus - The Swingle Singers Going Baroque
1965 - Grammy Winner - Best Performance by a Chorus - Anyone For Mozart
1969 - Grammy Winner - Best Choral Performance - Berio: Sinfonia

It is hard to comprehend that it all began as an exercise in sight-reading, to alleviate the monotony of sixties backing vocals. Eight Paris-based jazz session singers worked their way through some Bach keyboard repertoire one day and discovered a natural swing to the music. Without changing a note of the original score, they adapted the music for voice, added a rhythm section and persuaded Philips record company to record it for them as Christmas presents for family and friends. Little did they know the level of fame to which this record would elevate them: Jazz Sebastien Bach reached number one in the charts and won several Grammy awards.

Today, there are few music lovers who haven't heard the name the Swingle Singers. Since the release of that ground-breaking debut album in 1963, this virtuosic eight-voice a cappella group (complete with their own vocal rhythm section) has performed on the world's most famous stages, sustaining over four decades a level of international popularity beyond the dreams of its founder, American-born Ward Swingle. The current London-based line-up of young and talented singers is, of course, several incarnations of "Swingles" older than the original team (Ward Swingle affectionately refers to them as his "grandchildren"). They represent a modern incarnation of an ensemble whose music has evolved and expanded to encompass styles far and beyond the swung Baroque and infamous "ba va da" of the 1960s, although audiences will usually hear a tribute to the original French group. Along with the repertoire, the stage show has also grown into a full-blown lights-and-choreography spectacle. The beauty is that however the group has changed, the sound remains unmistakeably that of the Swingle Singers, the same sound which caught the world's attention all those years ago.

The Swingle Singers offer a variety of shows, from the current a cappella programme entitled "Ferris Wheels" to contemporary opera to light orchestral works. This adaptability across the musical spectrum has resulted in many opportunities for collaboration. The late Luciano Berio was one of the first composers who recognised in the sound an opportunity to explore the combination of amplified voices and acoustic instruments. More recent commissions have been penned by such names as British Jazz legend John Dankworth, Michael Nyman, French composer Pascal Zavaro, and Berio's protege, Azio Corghi.


Individual Folios

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And is it True? : SSAATTBB : Ben Parry : Swingle Singers : EP 77000

Ben Parry : And is it True?

The Kikapust Choral Series offers choirs an extensive choice of close-harmony a cappella arrangements. All of our arrangers / composers - Jonathan Rathbone, Ben Parry & Mark Williams - were long-standing members ofthe Swingle Singers.

Arranger: Ben Parry Performed By: Swingle Singers

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | Sheet Music | A Cappella


Boars Head Carol : SSAATTBB : Ben Parry : Swingle Singers : Sheet Music : EP 77001

Ben Parry : Boars Head Carol

The Kikapust Choral Series offers choirs an extensive choice of close-harmony a cappella arrangements. All of our arrangers / composers - Jonathan Rathbone, Ben Parry & Mark Williams - were long-standing members ofthe Swingle Singers.

Arranger: Ben Parry Performed By: Swingle Singers

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | Sheet Music | A Cappella


Carol Medley : SSAATTBB : Jonathan Rathbone : Swingle Singers : Sheet Music : EP 77003

Jonathan Rathbone : Carol Medley

The Kikapust Choral Series offers choirs an extensive choice of close-harmony a cappella arrangements. All of our arrangers / composers - Jonathan Rathbone, Ben Parry & Mark Williams - were long-standing members of the Swingle Singers.

Arranger: Jonathan Rathbone Performed By: Swingle Singers

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | Sheet Music | A Cappella


Ciao, Bella, Ciao : SSAATTBB : Ben Parry : Swingle Singers : Sheet Music : EP 77050

Ben Parry : Ciao, Bella, Ciao

The Kikapust Choral Series offers choirs an extensive choice of close-harmony a cappella arrangements. All of our arrangers / composers - Jonathan Rathbone, Ben Parry & Mark Williams - were long-standing members of the Swingle Singers.

Arranger: Ben Parry Performed By: Swingle Singers | Country: Italy

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | Sheet Music | A Cappella


Danny Boy : SSAATTBB : Jonathan Rathbone : Swingle Singers : Sheet Music : EP 77033

Jonathan Rathbone : Danny Boy

The Kikapust Choral Series offers choirs an extensive choice of close-harmony a cappella arrangements. All of our arrangers / composers - Jonathan Rathbone, Ben Parry & Mark Williams - were long-standing members of the Swingle Singers.

Arranger: Jonathan Rathbone Performed By: Swingle Singers | Country: Ireland

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | Sheet Music | A Cappella


David of the White Rock : SSAATTBB : Ben Parry : Swingle Singers : Sheet Music : EP 77048

Ben Parry : David of the White Rock

The Kikapust Choral Series offers choirs an extensive choice of close-harmony a cappella arrangements. All of our arrangers / composers - Jonathan Rathbone, Ben Parry & Mark Williams - were long-standing members of the Swingle Singers.

Arranger: Ben Parry Performed By: Swingle Singers | Country: Wales

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | Sheet Music | A Cappella


Jingle Bells : SSAATTBB : Ben Parry : James Pierpont : Swingle Singers : Sheet Music : EP 77007

Ben Parry : Jingle Bells

The Kikapust Choral Series offers choirs an extensive choice of close-harmony a cappella arrangements. All of our arrangers / composers - Jonathan Rathbone, Ben Parry & Mark Williams - were long-standing members ofthe Swingle Singers.

Arranger: Ben Parry | Composer: James Pierpont Performed By: Swingle Singers

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | Sheet Music | A Cappella


Silent Night : SSAATTBB : Jonathan Rathbone : Franz Xaver Gruber : Swingle Singers : Sheet Music : EP 77012

Jonathan Rathbone : Silent Night

The Kikapust Choral Series offers choirs an extensive choice of close-harmony a cappella arrangements. All of our arrangers / composers - Jonathan Rathbone, Ben Parry & Mark Williams - were long-standing members of the Swingle Singers.

Arranger: Jonathan Rathbone | Composer: Franz Xaver Gruber Performed By: Swingle Singers

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | Sheet Music | A Cappella


The Twelve Days of Christmas : SSAATTBB : Jonathan Rathbone : Swingle Singers : Sheet Music : EP 77013

Jonathan Rathbone : The Twelve Days of Christmas

The Kikapust Choral Series offers choirs an extensive choice of close-harmony a cappella arrangements. All of our arrangers / composers - Jonathan Rathbone, Ben Parry & Mark Williams - were long-standing members of the Swingle Singers.

Arranger: Jonathan Rathbone Performed By: Swingle Singers

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | Sheet Music | A Cappella


Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle : SSAATTBB : Mark Williams : Swingle Singers : Sheet Music : EP 77014

Mark Williams : Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle

The Kikapust Choral Series offers choirs an extensive choice of close-harmony a cappella arrangements. All of our arrangers / composers - Jonathan Rathbone, Ben Parry & Mark Williams - were long-standing members ofthe Swingle Singers.

Arranger: Mark Williams Performed By: Swingle Singers | Country: France

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Voicing: SSAATTBB | Sheet Music | A Cappella


We Three Kings : TTBB : Jonathan Rathbone : Jonathan Larson : Swingle Singers : Rent : Sheet Music : EP 77015

Jonathan Rathbone : We Three Kings

The Kikapust Choral Series offers choirs an extensive choice of close-harmony a cappella arrangements. All of our arrangers / composers - Jonathan Rathbone, Ben Parry & Mark Williams - were long-standing members of the Swingle Singers.

Arranger: Jonathan Rathbone | Composer: Jonathan Larson | Lyricist: Jonathan Larson Performed By: Swingle Singers | Musical: Rent

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Voicing: TTBB | Sheet Music | A Cappella

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