The Swingles first made waves in the 1960s, when American-born Ward Swingle first assembled a group of Parisian session singers to sing Bach’s keyboard music. The resulting album, Jazz Sebastian Bach, launched the Swingle Singers to fame. Since then, they have won five Grammy® awards and appeared on numerous film and TV soundtracks, including Sex and the City, Milk, Grey’s Anatomy and Glee. Their repertoire has grown to include a huge variety of music, including new original songs, and they have released more than 50 recordings – most recently the audacious Deep End and holiday album Yule Songs vol. II.
Launching in early 2017, The Swingles’ next project is a diverse collection of folk music from around the world, inspired by their international travels and featuring collaborations with traditional artists. The Cork International Choral Festival is delighted to have The Swingles bring to the 63rd Festival their creative arrangements that transport these well-loved songs into the group’s unique and rich sound world. The results were powerful and memorable.
For more than half a century, The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the formation since their early days. At a time when a cappella music is more popular than ever, The Swingles are recognised as masters of their craft and brought a wonderful energy to Cork City Hall.
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