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British singers bring Christmas to Spivey Hall this weekend

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

The King's Singers of the United Kingdom have performed before approving audiences from the Hollywood Bowl in California, to Shea Stadium in New York City.

They have even given a performance for England's royal family, at Windsor Castle. Saturday, Dec. 1, the group will add Spivey Hall at Clayton State University in Morrow to its list of stops.

The appearance at Spivey Hall is the second stop on a 14-stop North American tour, which begins tonight at a Methodist church in Hunstville, Ala. Other stops include Gettysburg, Penn., Gainesville, Fla., and New York City. The tour will culminate with six appearances in Utah, including three performances with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in Salt Lake City.

The 8:15 p.m., concert will feature various Christmas songs , including sacred music and carols," said Lynne Richardson, the group's publicist. The group usually tours the United States in February, November and December, Richardson said.

Tickets are $50, and may be obtained through Spivey Hall's web site.

The King's Singers have appeared in cathedrals across Europe. They have collaborated with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Cincinnati Pops and George Martin, the former producer of the Beatles.

The King's Singers was created by six students at King's College Cambridge in 1968. There have been 21 members who have come and gone through the years, including the current six-man lineup. The group's web site describes its repertoire as ranging from renaissance to folk, to pop.

The group participates in about 10 workshops per year. These workshops are usually held in conjunction with appearances, or music festivals, Richardson said. The group will participate in a workshop in February, as part of the Texas Music Educator's Conference in San Antonio.

The group's singers have said they conduct workshops to pass on their knowledge to choirs, chamber groups and close harmony groups whether they are composed of children, university students, or older members of choir groups.

A spokesman for Spivey Hall could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

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On the net:

The King's Singers: http://www.kingssingers.com/

Spivey Hall: http://www.spiveyhall.org/