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Classical - Released August 21, 2020 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released September 20, 2019 | Signum Classics

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On hearing the Queen's Six, a group of young male choristers based at Windsor Castle, you'll surely be reminded of the King's Singers, the venerable a cappella vocal group known for its intricate arrangements. You can't blame the present ensemble for offering something new; truth to tell, there is room for competition. The Queen's Six do not attempt to outdo the King's Singers' famously intricate arrangements, preferring to steer things back a bit toward the middle of the road. Your reactions to this may depend on your larger ones toward the idea itself, but the execution is solid. The program consists of folk songs of the British Isles, and as the album title suggests, the Queen's Six make sure to put a generous helping of the repertory's greatest hits on the program. You get not only the evergreen title track but versions of Scarborough Fair, O waly waly (known more often in the U.S. as The Water is Wide), "Danny Boy," and more. However, there are also some less familiar numbers, including a slam-bang finale in Welsh that doesn't entirely fit with the rest of the program but can't be called conventional. Other attractions include the large variety of arrangers, with just a few names repeated; the arrangements are well-chosen such that each one shows distinctive traits, but all fit together generally well. The extreme chromatic harmonies of the King's Singers are used only sparingly; one place they do appear is in the highly familiar Scarborough Fair, which needs something to set it apart. The sound engineering, at Ascot Priory, is top-notch, and the notes by Andrew Plant give a reasonable introduction to the mixed beast of folk music. Recommended, although if you compare it straight up to the King's Singers, you may not find what you're looking for. © James Manheim /TiVo
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Classical - Released August 6, 2021 | Signum Records

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Following Tom Lehrer’s decision in 2020 to release almost 100 of his songs into the public domain (for anyone to perform and adapt without permission), The Queen’s Six take up the offer with relish in this album of a cappella renditions of his “catchy and savage musical satire”. Based at Windsor Castle, the members of The Queen’s Six make up half of the Lay Clerks of St George’s Chapel, whose homes lie within the Castle walls. This rare privilege demands the highest musical standards, as they sing regularly for the Royal family at both private and state occasions. In 2018 this included the wedding of Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle, held in St George’s Chapel. Most significantly however, it is the familiarity of living and singing together in Chapel every day that lends this group its distinctive closeness and blend, as well as an irresistible informality and charm. © Signum Classics
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Classical - Released October 29, 2017 | Resonus Classics

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Let us remind the reader that The Queen's Six is a six-part, male voice a capella ensemble based in Windsor Castle, United Kingdom, living and working within the castle walls. There are worse places to work… Drawn from the ranks of the Choir of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, they keep a busy international schedule of concert and recording engagements. Their repertoire spans sacred and secular music from the Middle Ages to the present day. This new release covers Christmas carols and songs, mainly from the English-speaking realm – Vaughan Williams, Holst, Sullivan, Jacques, Tallis, the more jazzy Richard Madden and Thomas Hewitt Jones, and even Henry VIII who, between killing two wives and within these very Windsor walls, sometimes dabbled in music-making – but also a few from abroad, in particular the famous international lore by Praetorius (Es ist ein Ros’ entsprungen) and the ubiquitous Silent Night by Franz Gruber and Jingle Bells by James Lord Pierpont, as well as some Tchaikovsky and Mendelssohn. The impeccable vocals of The Queen’s Six works miracles, both in the “serious” repertoire and in the more popular works, here presented in a highly polished polyphonic setting. © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released March 2, 2015 | Resonus Classics

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Classical - Released April 1, 2016 | Resonus Classics

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released August 14, 2019 | Signum Classics

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Classical - Released August 5, 2020 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released July 8, 2020 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released August 19, 2020 | Signum Records

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Classical - Released July 15, 2021 | Signum Records

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released August 28, 2019 | Signum Classics

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Classical - Released July 29, 2021 | Signum Records

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Vocal Music (Secular and Sacred) - Released September 11, 2019 | Signum Classics

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