REVIEW: Concert featuring All the King’s Men and the The King’s School Ely Barbers

King's School Ely - All the King's Men

King's School Ely - All the King's Men - Credit: Archant

When I learned that All the King’s Men were coming to Ely, I knew we were onto a good thing and indeed we were.

This impressive group of a capella (without accompaniment) singers produced sophisticated arrangements of popular and original songs while moving about the stage in fascinating tableaux, positively mesmerising the audience as they did so.

As expected, last Saturday night they were amazing – they reached all expectations. Not only that, this time they explored the beauty of their voices more, singing some of the clearest and softest sounds I’ve heard, while as the evening progressed, they also maintained their customary exquisite harmonic blends and complicated, often juxtaposed, rhythms.

The highlight of the evening was the glimpse they gave of the workshops they do and they invited the King’s School Barbers to join them in an impromptu performance of ’In The Jungle’. It is a testament to teacher Peter North and the King’s School Barbers that they could be treated as equals in this way and the performance was splendid. During the concert, the King’s School Barbers also sang a couple of songs from their repertoire and it was very pleasing to notice how this group has increased and developed under Peter North’s direction.

The next event at the King’s School Ely to enjoy is ‘Into the Woods’ by Stephen Sondheim on December 10, 11 and 12. Telephone 01353 653931 or email for tickets.