For half a century, the Swingle Singers have pushed the boundaries of what the human voice can achieve. Their effortless agility and blend, combined with captivating showmanship, have thrilled audiences around the globe. Today’s Swingle Singers are an international a cappella phenomenon. These seven extraordinary voices deliver folk ballads, funk jams and fugues with equal precision and passion – keeping the classic Swingle sound alive while fearlessly exploring new styles and approaches.
The history of the Swingle Singers is a remarkable tale of renewal. In 1963, American-born Ward Swingle assembled a group of Parisian session singers to sing some of Bach’s keyboard music. The resulting album, Jazz Sebastian Bach, launched the group to fame. Now based in London, the group has sustained a level of international renown beyond its founder’s wildest dreams, as each new singer brings something fresh to the group’s sound. The Swingles have sung at the world’s most famous stages from La Scala to Ronnie Scotts; featured on the soundtracks of ‘Sex and the City’ and ‘Glee’; won 5 Grammy Awards and made over 50 recordings. Recent releases include ‘Ferris Wheels’ (featuring unique versions of songs by Björk, Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake) and the winter EP ‘Yule Songs’.
The current line-up has never been stronger, with singers trained in a multiplicity of styles from opera to jazz to pop, and featuring a dynamite vocal rhythm section.