The Cambridge Singers are a general-repertoire mixed-voice choir, one of the best known in the CD era. They are particularly associated with the wildly popular choral compositions of their founder, John Rutter, who established the group in 1981 expressly as a professional chamber choir for recording sessions. The initial nucleus of the group comprised seven former members of the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, which John Rutter directed between 1975 and 1979. All additional members had also been choral scholars in British colleges.
In 1984 John Rutter created the Collegium Records label in order to record the Cambridge Singers. This was at the very beginning of the CD era, and the Cambridge Singers had one of the first major successes for a small independent label in their recording of the original orchestration of Gabriel Fauré's Requiem, and other music by G. Fauré. The choir's beauty of tone and the exemplary recording of the album established both the label and the choir as top representatives of their type. Soon Collegium released the Singers in a recording of John Rutter's own Requiem, a work much in the vein of the G. Fauré work, consolidating the reputation of the choir and the label, and arousing worldwide interest in John Rutter's choral compositions, many of which are now frequently performed by choirs around the world. While John Rutter's music is central to the group, they have also recorded a range of music from the Baroque through the Contemporary. The Cambridge Singers are still primarily a recording ensemble, but they do make concert and church appearances. Baritone Gerald Finley and tenor Mark Padmore are among the notable alumni of the group.
They have been involved in the last four Fresh Aire albums (about "mankind's curiosities") of the Mannheim Steamroller band, by composer Chip Davis, but they are primarily a classical choral group. They have recorded several highly acclaimed Christmas albums, including "Christmas Night", "Christmas Star", "Christmas with the Cambridge Singers", and "The Cambridge Singers Christmas Album".
Elin Manahan Thomas
Amy Wood [MB]
Ian Aitkenhead [MB]
Mark Le Brocq
Julian Walker [MB]