Brian Kay, The King's Singers original bass and now BBC commentator, has a couple of noteworthy albums to announce:
The Crucifixion by John Stainer, on Chandos Records, catalogue no: CHAN9551. It features the BBC Singers (Philip and Bob used to sing with them!), in one of Brian's choirs, The Leith Hill Festival Singers, accompanied on the organ by Margaret Phillips. The tenor soloist is Martin Hill, a former King's Choral Scholar, and the bass soloist is Michael George, a former King's chorister. It's a fabulous recording. Brian has been conductor of the LHMF since 1996.
Music to Hear, featuring The Cheltenham Bach Choir conducted by Brian Kay. It includes John Rutter's BIRTHDAY MADRIGALS (commissioned by Brian and this choir in honor of George Shearing's 70th birthday) and also a delightful cycle of Shakespeare settings by George Shearing himself. It's on SOMM Recordings (catalogue number SOMMCD 207); their telephone number is 44 (0)181 398 1586 and fax 44 (0)181 339 0981.
For the BBC, he writes and presents over 100 radio programs a year, including a regular Saturday night slot on National Radio 4 called 'Music in Mind'.
As a conductor he works regularly with the 200-voice Huddersfield Choral Society and the 100-voice Cheltenham Bach Choir – he did, also with the 30-voice Cecilian Singers of Leicester until last year when he handed over that choir to ex-King's Singer Jeremy Jackman. Brian guest-conducts many choirs and orchestras around the UK and is principal guest conductor of the Harrogate Choral Society.
Brian is the founder-chairman and president of the ABCD (The Association of British Choral Directors), Chairman of the Young Persons Concert Foundation and President of the Stars Organization for Spastics. Brian is married to the soprano Gillian Fisher. Together they provided the voices of Papageno and Papagena in the Hollywood movie of "Amadeus".
With the King's Singers:
Behind the scenes: