Countertenor Patrick Dunachie has been announced as the King's Singers' newest member. The 22 year-old will join the group in September following countertenor David Hurley's final concert in August. Hurley annnounced his retirement from the King's Singers earlier in 2015 after more than 26 years with the ensemble.
By happy coincidence, Dunachie graduated from King's College, Cambridge, where the King's Singers originated back in 1968. He is currently in the choir of Christ Church, Oxford and The Gesualdo Six and has sung with Ex Cathedra and The King's Consort.
'I am extremely excited to have been appointed to The King's Singers after such tough rounds of auditions alongside some superb singers', Dunachie said. 'I have been listening to the group's recordings and concerts since I was very young, and I have always admired David [Hurley]'s singing, so it's surreal now to be joining them. When I was about 14, I told my English teacher that my dream job would be singing first countertenor in The King's Singers, and so I feel really lucky that the dream has come true!'