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About the Event
Formed primarily as a recording and backing ensemble of male voices some 30 years ago, The Mastersingers has evolved into its present format of four female and eight male voices. This unique voicing - SATTBB - gives The Mastersingers its distinctive sound.
The group has provided backing for many famous artists, appearing on BBC Radio 2 and the Daily Service, performing in concerts across the country and into Europe, and recording at high profile venues, including Parr Street Studios and the legendary Abbey Road Studio 2.
Amongst the relationships the ensemble has had with composers over the years, was one with the Master of the Queen’s Music Sir Malcolm Williamson. His piece “Love’s Redeeming Work Is Done” was commissioned for The Mastersingers to perform at the 1995 Dewsbury Festival of Christian Music. This was also recorded at St Catharine’s College, Cambridge.
The Mastersingers have a number of talented composers and arrangers in their midst, showcasing the versatility of the singers and their supporting band of piano, bass and percussion. Their repertoire ranges from medieval French carols through to arrangements of pop songs. They are never frightened to explore new work which lately has included some of the beautiful music of Eric Whitacre, and most recently, music from Australia by the talented Ruth McCall. Audiences are always delighted with the ‘surprises’ on offer!