Watch CitySound Voices:
KES 16 is King Edward’s School’s auditioned chamber choir and we are very honoured to have been asked to support this special concert tonight to launch a new choir in Bath, CitySound. KES 16 was formed by Rupert Drury in 2007 in order to stretch the top vocalists in the school and to train them in the art of choral singing in a wide variety of styles but with a particular focus on challenging contemporary pieces and extended vocal harmonies and techniques. The name KES 16, does allude to the world famous vocal group led by Harry Christopher’s, but the number of singers is very much more to do with creating a good balance between the parts. In our experience there is usually one vocal absence at performances due to illness so we actually run with one in reserve at 17, so if you lucky enough to have all of them tonight, the flu jabs must be working! The group is re-auditioned every September.
Their yearly programme includes close-harmony Jazz numbers; unaccompanied madrigals; contemporary choral works; including world premières of pieces specially commissioned for the group (KES 16 has a resident composer – Mr Mark Boden), and great choral masterpieces for use in Choral Evensongs and services in Bath Abbey. They regularly bring back trophies from the Mid-Somerset Festival competition in Bath including last year, the much sought after Edward Lilley Memorial Cup for the un-accompanied madrigal class. Last year they also got through to the regional round of the Music for Youth national music festival and competition.
King Edward’s has a growing and important link with Bath Abbey and many of the choristers at the Abbey attend the school and sing in KES 16.