Swimming Over London is a collection of jazz-inspired songs combing long-standing favorites with wonderful new arrangements from the world's most popular a cappella ensemble.
"It has been a great pleasure for us to create this album of jazz-inspired songs. Included in the playlist are five brand-new, original songs, which we have commissioned for this disc.
Two come from the Finnish songwriter Mia Makaroff. We also asked Ysaye M. Barnwell, one of the singers in the internationally acclaimed a cappella ensemble Sweet Honey in the Rock, and she provided us with a wonderful Caribbean-influenced track.
"The album's title track, 'Swimming over London,' was created by former King's Singer, Bob Chilcott, a well-renowned choral composer, who was in former times a prolific arranger and occasional songwriter. Our last original song comes from the New York-based composer, arranger and producer, Roger Treece. For this album, in addition to his new song "Keeper of the Seasons," he has arranged two contrasting songs: Sarah McLachlan's beautiful 'Angel' and Pat Metheny's 'September 15th.'
"In amongst all these new songs are some King's Singers favorites, including 'Recipe for Love' and 'It's a New World,' along with newly arranged versions of 'Straighten Up and Fly Right' and 'Home' by Alexander L’Estrange, and, from within the group, new arrangements by Philip and Christopher.
"We hope you will enjoy listening to this disc as much as we enjoyed making it." -- The King;s Singers