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The King's Singers (Opening Concert)


The festival will be festively opened with songs in close harmony by The King's Singers, the most famous a-capella group in the world. With the program Songbird, they bring a program that fits perfectly into the environment of Parklands Oranjewoud. It combines music written about our feathered friends over the past 500 years with music by contemporary "songbirds" from recent decades. These are singers and songwriters who have given direction to pop music with their voices and musical ideas, inspiring the next generation of musicians and lifting them to new heights.

Over the years, The King's Singers have produced a wealth of arrangements of pop songs, jazz songs, folk songs and religious songs from around the world. The incredible variety of music found in the world today, condensed into one body of work. Their musicality, technique and versatility in repertoire are groundbreaking and unparalleled.



Fleetwood Mac - Songbird (arr. Nicholas Ashby)

The Beatles - Blackbird (arr. Daryl Runswick)

She's like the swallow (traditional , arr. Bob Chilcott)

György Ligeti - The cuckoo and the pear tree

Huw Watkins - The Phoenix and the Turtle

Franz Schubert - Flucht

Maurice Ravel - Trois beaux oiseaux du Paradis

Francis Poulenc - Pilons l'orge

Clément Janequin - Le chant des oiseaux

Edward Johnson - Come, blessed bird

Jacques Arcaldet - Il bianco e dolce cigno

Pierre Passereau - Il est bel et bon

Malcolm Williamson - The Musicians of Bremen

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Oranjewoud Festival is a low-threshold, multifaceted and stimulating music festival in the fairytale parkland of Oranjewoud near Heerenveen (Friesland) | May 30 to June 2, 2024

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