Male voice a cappella | Windsor Castle
Countertenor: Daniel Brittain, Timothy Carleston
Tenor: Nicholas Madden, Dominic Bland
Baritone/Bass: Andrew Thompson, Simon Whiteley
THE QUEEN'S SIX were established in 2008, the 450th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth I, from whom they take their name. Elizabeth I was a great patroness of the arts, and often engaged the services of musicians to write and perform for her at court. The notable ‘six’ from this era were Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Thomas Tomkins, Thomas Morley, Orlando Gibbons, and Thomas Weelkes.
Based at Windsor Castle, all the members of the 21st century 'Queen's Six' are also Lay Clerks of St George's Chapel, whose homes lie within the Castle walls. The Chapel Choir, which consists of boy trebles and twelve professional adult male singers, performs some eight services a week, as well as at private and state occasions, often before the Royal Family. This rare privilege demands the highest musical standards. Most significantly however, it is the familiarity of living and singing together every day in the Royal Chapel that lends this group its distinctive closeness and blend, as well as an irresistible informality and charm.
Now Dan, Tim, Nick, Dom, Andrew and Simon have come together to bring their unique style of entertainment to a much wider audience. Their repertoire extends far beyond the reach of the choir stalls: between austere early chant, florid Renaissance polyphony, lewd madrigals, haunting folk songs and upbeat Jazz and Pop arrangements, The Queen’s Six can provide anything from dinner or wedding reception entertainment to full concert programmes.
Individually, members of Q6 regularly appear in all of the most prestigious vocal ensembles on the national and international circuit, including Tenebrae, Polyphony, the BBC Singers, the Cardinall’s Musick, Collegium Vocale Gent, the Gabrieli Consort, EXAUDI, the King’s Consort, the Tallis Scholars and the Sixteen. As an ensemble, The Queen’s Six have performed to critical acclaim at music festivals in the UK and Spain. In the short time since they began, they have also released a commercial EP, and had the privilege of performing at a private function for Her Majesty and HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.
As the group’s reputation continues to grow, they are being presented with ever more exciting performance opportunities. In spring 2015, they released 'Music of the Realm', their first album with the award-winning Resonus Classics label. The follow-up album, 'Her Heavenly Harmony', featuring secular music of the same period, was released in spring 2016. The summer of 2017 will see them on a return tour of Germany and Austria, building on their enormously successful visits in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Coupled with their regular private bookings, their expanding programme of events promises to make 2017 a very exciting year for Q6.