about the swingles
More than half a century
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 five-time Grammy® winners since they first made waves in the 1960s. At a time when a cappella music is more popular than ever, The Swingles are recognised as masters of their craft.
In 1963, 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 made more than 50 recordings, with a repertoire that has grown to include a huge variety of music, including new original songs.
The Swingles have appeared on numerous film and TV soundtracks, including The Two Popes, Sex and the City, Wedding Crashers and Glee, as well as singing the theme for Italy’s beloved TV series Superquark. In 2017, they co-wrote and performed a song for the end credits of Alexander Payne’s film Downsizing. Their prolific output of music videos has earned them millions of views and new audiences around the world.
The group’s versatility has led to collaborations with artists as diverse as the Modern Jazz Quartet, Jamie Cullum and Labrinth. Luciano Berio was one of the first composers to explore the sound of the Swingles’ amplified voices in an orchestral setting with his groundbreaking Sinfonia, first performed in 1968. The group continue to perform the piece around the world, with recent acclaimed performances in San Francisco (with Michael Tilson Thomas), Vienna (with Marin Alsop), London (with Vladimir Jurowski), and at Milan’s La Scala (with John Axelrod).
2023 will all be around the 60th anniversary of the group. Highlight is clearly “The Swingles Vocal Weekender” on 5th and 6th May in Wilton’s Music Hall in London. The Swingles celebrate more than 60 years of making innovative music. There will be 2 headline concerts by the group including the premiere of their new show “Theatreland”. There will also be a variety of workshops, interactive elements, pop-up performances, personal chats with past members of the group etc. etc.
After 2022 has been an international year for the group, including 12 concerts in the USA, Italy and Turkey, The Swingles will travel through the UK, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy and even The Phileppines in 2023.
The Swingles in the Netherlands
The Swingles had not been in The Netherlands for a while. But that changed in 2021. On August 19th the group opened the Oranjewoud Festival and on November 6th they performed in De Doelen in Rotterdam during the gala concert of the BALK festival, The Association for Amateur Music Theater and Light Choir Music.
EEBA Music is proud to be able to co-represent The Swingles in the Netherlands to give them a regular returning stage there. A live performance by the group is an experience you will never forget! If you are interested in booking The Swingles or if you just want more information about the group, please contact EEBA Music. By telephone, email, Facebook or through the contact form on this website. Or go directly to The Swingles website, www.TheSwingles.co.uk.
The Swingles have a wonderful fan loyalty program, called Patreon. Becoming a Patreon means that you help funding projects and in return you get great benefits and rewards. You can access exclusive content, including behind-the-scenes footage, sneak peeks, early releases and some very special reward packs. It’s the least The Swingles can do to thank you for supporting their work! Your contribution allows them to make beautiful videos with their creative dream team. As more of you come on board, they will be able to become more imaginative and ambitious. The amount you set goes to each individual video, but you can set a limit on the number of videos per month that you want to support. Whatever you feel like contributing, The Swingles really appreciate it. Click here to go to The Swingles Patreon site.
Would you like a few teasers? Enjoy!
in the NETHERLANDS
de Doelen Rotterdam
BALK, the Association for Amature Music Theatre en Popular Choir Music has asked the Swingles to perform in the annual BALK TopFestival Gala Concert
- Saturday 6th November 2021
- Balk TOPFestival Galaconcert
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The Swingles are performing the opening concert of The Oranjewoudfestival 2021.
- Thursday 19th August 2021
- The Festivals Theme of 2021: The Power of Classical Music in Nature
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