King's Singers appoint former Choral Scholar

Pat Dunachie

World-renowned a cappella group The King's Singers have appointed former King's Choral Scholar Pat Dunachie as first counter-tenor. Pat will replace David Hurley in the six-man ensemble, who is leaving the group after more than 25 years.   

The King's Singers were founded by six Choral Scholars at King's in 1968 and have since become one of the world's foremost vocal ensembles, described by The Times as "the superlative vocal sextet". The group's most recent visit to King's in December 2015 included a concert in King's College Chapel and a masterclass for the current Choral Scholars.

Pat wrote of his new appointment:

"I am so excited to have been appointed the next member of The King's Singers, starting in September.
 

"I will be just a small part in an amazing tradition that has its roots in King's College Choir, stretching back to 1968 when the group was formed by six Choral Scholars. But nowadays members of the King's Singers can come from anywhere, so it's a particular pleasure, as a King's graduate, to be helping reinforce that special link. 

"I learned so very much from my time as a Choral Scholar at King's, and without those experiences I certainly wouldn't be embarking now on this amazing adventure."

Pat spent three years as a Choral Scholar at King's while reading for an undergraduate degree in Music. During his time at King's he was appointed Musical Director of the King's Men, and performed on their highly successful album After Hours. Following his graduation in the summer of 2015, he moved to Oxford where he joined Christ Church Cathedral Choir as an alto Lay Clerk.
 
Director of Music at King's, Stephen Cleobury, wrote:
 
"I am delighted to hear of Pat’s appointment. King’s College enjoys a continuing and happy relationship with the King’s Singers and it will be great to see Pat performing with the group on their next visit here."
 
Pat will become only the 23rd singer in the King's Singers' 48-year history, and from September will perform in excess of 120 concerts a year alongside education work and recording.
28 January 2016