His Majesty’s Men in Concert

“…purity of tone and impeccably smooth delivery. …their subtlety of color could not be bettered.” - Chicago Tribune

The critically-acclaimed vocal ensemble His Majesty's Men presents their summer concert on Saturday, August 10, at 7:30 pm in Chicago's historic St. John Cantius Church.

His Majesty's Men is an international ensemble: its five members hail from Great Britain, Chicago and the US East Coast. Since their founding in 2016, their summer concert has increasingly been recognised as a highlight in Chicago's musical calendar.

Chicago Tribune critic Alan Artner noted the ensemble's "purity of tone and impeccably smooth delivery…their subtlety of color could not be bettered." 

This year the Men will premiere their first commission, from Polish-American composer Mark Nowakowski, a Chicago native who teaches and composes in Ohio. He has had commissions from Kronos Quartet among many others, and his music has been critically acclaimed in Gramophone magazine. He will be present in Chicago for His Majesty's Men's performance of his new, powerful work "Usquequo, Domine?" which he describes thus: "it is easy to fall into despair at the sight of growing confusion, the fragmentation of reason, and the loss of faith and wonder in an increasingly cynical culture. But we plea to our Creator for deliverance and strength."

Other works in the program are by early polyphonists Dufay, Byrd and Whyte, as well as modern works by Ivan Moody, Howard Skempton and Chris Hutchings.

There will be a reception following the concert.

Tickets



$30 - General Admission
$10 - Under 16

Get tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets or call 1-800-838-3006.

Performers


Richard Childress, countertenor
Matthew Dean, tenor
Nathaniel Adams, tenor
Joe Labozetta, baritone
Michael Hawes, bass

About us


Brought together in 2016, His Majesty’s Men is under the overall artistic direction of Richard Childress.

The professional singers of His Majesty’s Men come from Chicago, Great Britain and the East Coast of the US. They sing countertenor, tenor and bass, a voicing which enables the group to come close to the original sound and performing pitch of much early vocal music.

At the same time, they are strongly committed to the best modern music and commissions. There are long-range plans to develop a strong educational component to the work of the ensemble, so that aspiring young singers in the Midwest can study and perform in the context of small-ensemble work.

Even though they are a new ensemble, His Majesty’s Men have already received invitations to perform from the USA East Coast, Florida and Spain.

Review


Click here to read the review of the Chicago Tribune.