Pembroke to King’s Singers

by Alice Oates
Edward Button, photo credit The King's Singers

Edward Button, photo credit The King’s Singers

We are delighted to hear that Edward Button, who worked in the Pembroke Development office between 2011 and 2015, has joined the world-famous King’s Singers.

Edward is one of two new members of the group, and succeeds Timothy Wayne-Wright as second counter-tenor. He first encountered the King’s Singers when he was at the Collegiate Church of St Mary Warwick, and said “Our director of music suggested we go and listen to them rehearsing when they came to give a concert in St Mary’s Church, Warwick.  They were amazing. I couldn’t possibly ever have imagined that I would be singing with them as part of the group one day. It’s flabbergasting really.”

Edward added, “It wouldn’t have happened had Pembroke not supported my singing at King’s when I worked in the Development Office,” and that the years working at Pembroke were “some of the happiest years of my life”.

The King’s Singers were officially born on 1 May 1968.  Their vocal line-up was (by chance) two countertenors, a tenor, two baritones and a bass and the group has never wavered from this formation since. To celebrate their 50th Birthday, the group presented GOLD, an anniversary season featuring the release of a triple-album CD and a worldwide concert tour.  Christopher Gabbitas who joined in 2004 and Timothy Wayne-Wright who joined in 2009 have chosen to leave the group on a high, at the end of this extraordinary year, to spend more time with their families.

Full announcement on the King’s Singers website.