Paul Hillier (b. 1949 in Dorchester, England) is a conductor, director and baritone vocalist. He is active in both early music and contemporary art music, particularly that of Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt.
The King's Singers is a group of singers, known for their skill in acappella song. Their name recalls King's College in Cambridge, England, where the group was formed by six choral scholars in 1968. The group still consists of six singers in total, with their membership changing over the years.
The Hilliard Ensemble is a British male vocal quartet devoted to the authentic performance of early music. Founded in 1974, the group is named after the Elizabethan miniaturist painter Nicholas Hilliard.
http://www.vasarisingers.org/ The Vasari Singers, under Jeremy Backhouse, is one of the UK's leading chamber choirs. Now in its 31st year, the choir performs a wide range of repertoire with passion and sensitivity to exacting standards and considerable press acclaim.
Philippe Jaroussky (b. 1978) is a French sopranist countertenor. He is noted for a virtuosic technique of melisma, and for compelling and enlivened interpretations of baroque cantatas and opera. This has contributed to his unusual revival of repertoire.
Arvo Pärt (b. 1935) is an Estonian composer, often identified with the school of minimalism, though he rejects this label (and, even more vehemently, the label of "holy minimalism", which he describes as meaningless).
Founded by Marcel Pérès in 1982 at the Abbey of Senanque, and established at the Foundation Royaumont near Paris since 1984, Ensemble Organum has made the revival of the vocal and instrumental art practised at different periods of the Middle Ages its vocation.
The word "chanteuse" is often bandied about. De Biasio is probably the textbook definition: dark, sensual, jazzy. Steeped in the heritage of jazz singers, her first album "A Stomach is Burning" is a moody, sparse jazz poem in shades of blue.
British composer John Tavener (born 28 January 1944 in Wembley, London, died 12 November 2013 in Dorset) was a direct descendant of the sixteenth century composer John Taverner. He attended Highgate School (where a fellow pupil was John Rutter) and later studied at the Royal Academy of Music, where his tutors included Sir Lennox Berkeley.