The Tabernacle Choir Blog

The King’s Singers’ David Hurley: Final Performance with the Choir

On June 7, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir announced The King’s Singers as special guests for the July 22 and 23 Pioneer Day Concert, “Music for a Summer Evening.” The Choir and Orchestra are pleased to perform again with this acclaimed group as countertenor David Hurley makes his last appearance with the Choir and Orchestra.

The vocal make-up of The King’s Singers is distinctive and unusual, consisting of six singers: two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones, and a bass. Since the group’s founding in 1968, there have been twenty-five different members of The King’s Singers—the original six choral scholars from the King’s College Chapel Choir—and nineteen replacements, each joining as someone retired.

Countertenor David Hurley joined The King’s Singers in 1990 and announced last year his August 2016 retirement. David began his singing career at the age of eight as a chorister at Winchester Cathedral and continued his choral studies at Winchester College, and later at New College, Oxford, from which he graduated. When asked on KSL Radio’s The Doug Wright Show about singing with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on one of his last performances, David responded, “I could not think of a place where I would prefer more to do that.” This 2016 Pioneer Day Concert, coming right on the heels of the European tour of the Choir and Orchestra, was scheduled to permit this last performance with David Hurley.

Watch or listen to “Music for a Summer Evening,” the Pioneer Day Concert with the Choir, Orchestra, and The King’s Singers in one of the following ways:

Concerts

The concerts will take place on July 22 and 23 in the Conference Center at Temple Square at 8:00 p.m. Tickets for the concert have been distributed, but patrons are encouraged to stand by for last-minute seating each evening. The standby line will form at the north gate on Temple Square at 6:30 p.m. for the evening performances.

TV Airings

BYUtv will air the concert on Saturday, July 23 at 8 p.m.

Concert Live Stream

On Saturday, June 23, the concert will be live streamed (in English only) over the Internet beginning at 8 p.m. MDT at motab.org/pioneerday. The live stream will also be available (in English only) on YouTube.com/MormonTabChoir, the Mormon Channel, and the Mormon Channel app.

Satellite Broadcast

On Saturday, June 23, the concert will be available at 8:00 p.m. MDT over the Church broadcast system in LDS church buildings where viewing has been planned in English, French, German, Spanish, and Portuguese. Closed-Captioning will be available in English only for this satellite broadcast.

On-Demand Videos

The concert will be archived for on-demand viewing in English at the end of the live-stream concert on July 23. On-demand videos in additional languages (French, German, Portuguese, and Spanish) will be available on Wednesday, July 27 on motab.org/pioneerday.

Music and the Spoken Word

No tickets are required for the Sunday, July 24, Music and the Spoken Word broadcast, which will be held in the Conference Center at 9:30 a.m. Patrons should be in their seats by 9:15 a.m. The Music and the Spoken Word broadcast is live streamed each week on MormonTabernacleChoir.org.