The group formed in Paris back in the 60’s and was founded by Ward Swingle. Alongside other members who formed an equal voice group (two sopranos, two altos, two tenors and two basses, although they all have great voice ambitus finding hard to believe the difference from a soprano and an alto or a bass from a tenor) they were soon to make history.
And after all these years they have finally came to perform in Romania during the International Festival “George Enescu”. I said to myself that an ocasion like this cannot be missed. Tracking your favourite bands singing calendar over the year, is quite expensive. So you have to take advantage when they are concerting in your own back yard.
Now, the group is formed of the following members: Joanna Goldsmith (soprano) so pretty with her incredible voice without annoying you like opera singers can, but still powerful when needed; Sara Brimer (soprano) you can listen her for hours without getting bored; Clare Wheeler (alto) my favourite voice from the group, gived me the shivers down my spine (is she really an alto?); Lucy Bailey (alto) so cute and pleasent in looks and voice; Richard Eteson and Christopher Jay (tenors) blend in so perfectly that you really have to concentrate in order to find out which is singing what; Kevin Fox (baritone/vocal percussion) the man behind the drums, some unbelievable snares, hats and toms sends percussion instruments market into a serious crises; Tobias Hug (bass/percussion) again another set of perfect drums and a very deep bass voice completes the group.
First contact I had with the band was at the Palace Hall during their first performance with “Sinfonia for eight voices and orchestra” by Luciano Berio. Unfortunately, not to many people attended this concert, maybe just because Beethoven doesn’t rime with Berio and they did not knew each other. But those who came, did it for the Swingle Singers and also to experience something new.
In order to get rid of us from the concert hall, they’ve ended their concert with Blackbird, a song that I’ve first heard it at the King’s Singers and is one of my favourites of all time. Great interpretation and made me realize that I will want more in the future. And that means stalking them at concerts accross Europe. And you know what, is not the end of the world to put some money away, take a few days off and go to a concert in another country.
Autographs were signed for everyone and cd’s were bought at the end of the night.