The King's Singers break out in applause after being greeted with a rendition of "Joy to the World" by Pearl Hall students.
Pearl Hall Elementary students greeted one of the world's best known a cappella groups with a sterling rendition of "Joy to the World" on Tuesday and, in turn, were treated to a 40-minute concert of some of the world's most beloved music.
The King's Singers, in Houston for an evening performance at Rice University, paid a lyrical visit to Pearl Hall hours before their show. Group members met with fourth-graders in a question-and-answer session and then entertained the student body with a Christmas-flavored lineup of songs in the school gym.
The six-member band of Englishmen is one of the most acclaimed vocal groups in the world. The King's Singers have toured the world, produced over 150 recordings and appeared on countless TV and radio shows.
The group accepted an invitation from Jami Lupold, Pearl Hall's music teacher, to perform at the school. Lupold helped establish Pearl Hall's "Building Cultural Bridges" initiative, which draws support through partnerships with the Houston Symphony and NASA.
The King's Singers met with the fourth-graders as part of the "Building Cultural Bridges" program. The group finished the question-and-answer session with a version of "Danny Boy."
Lupold introduced the group to the student body. Pearl Hall students immediately broke into a rendition of "Joy to the World" which brought smiles and applause from the King's Singers.
The performance, Lupold said, "will forever change the way our students think of vocal music. For that I am eternally grateful to the King's Singers
and their agency for supporting this educational endeavor."
Group members are David Hurley, countertenor; Timothy Wayne-Wright, countertenor; Paul Phoenix, tenor; Philip Lawson, baritone, Christopher Gabbitas, baritone; and Jonathan Howard, bass.
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The King's Singer cap their question-and-answer session with a performance of "Danny Boy" in the Pearl Hall music room.
Pearl Hall fourth-graders serve as moderators for the "Building Cultural Bridges" discussion.
The group performs "What Child Is This" for the Pearl Hall student body.
The King's Singers at Pearl Hall on Tuesday: David Hurley, Timothy Wayne-Wright, Paul Phoenix, Philip Lawson, Christopher Gabbitas and Jonathan Howard.