The King's Singers announce new member

Patrick Dunachie to join choral group in September 2016

Patrick Dunachie
Published: January 28, 2016 at 11:23 am

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.

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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.

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'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!'

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Oliver CondyFormer Editor, BBC Music Magazine

Oliver Condy is the former Editor of BBC Music Magazine, a post he held for 17 years. His debut book, Symphonies of the Soul: Classical Music to Cure Any Ailment, will be released in November 2021 with Octopus Books. He is also a semi-professional organist, having previously given recitals in Bach’s churches across Germany.

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