King's Men lead Northampton music day
On Monday 25 April, Choral and Organ Scholars from King's led a day of music-making as part of an outreach programme organised by the Malcolm Arnold Academy & David Ross Education Trust. The seven undergraduates, part of the King's Men, performed to over 1,400 schoolchildren from six schools across the Northampton area during a series of masterclasses.
The singers performed a variety of music, including a ballad written by King Henry VIII, Pastime with good company, and a selection of jazz classics, including Is you is. Organ Scholar Tom Etheridge led enthusiastic discussions about music and singing, and each masterclass concluded with a Q&A. The performers answered questions ranging from ‘Which singers do you find most inspiring?’ to ‘How do the altos sing that high?’.
In addition to the masterclasses, the altos of the King's Men worked with the upper voices of the Malcolm Arnold Academy Choir on Chilcott’s Little Jazz Mass, while the tenors and basses collaborated on performances of My Evaline and Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
An evening performance at St Matthew’s Church Northampton came at the end of an action-packed day, in which the King’s Men performed some of their own songs. They were also joined by choirs from the Malcolm Arnold Academy and St Matthew’s Church for performances of some of the music rehearsed during the day, led by the MAA Director of Music Simon Toyne.