'It is incredible to think that these mature vocalists are mere students' The Times
Salim Jaffar – Countertenor
Salim’s musical career began when he started singing along to his mother’s CDs around the house. A diverse musical diet of Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and The Gorillaz stood him in good stead for his chorister audition. Much to his parents’ surprise (disappointment), he became a chorister and sang at Tewkesbury Abbey for five years; there, Salim tried—and failed—to convince his friends or family that choral music can be interesting, so has joined The King’s Men in the hope that someone he knows might come to see him sing. When not singing, Salim can occasionally be found thinking about his degree in economics and how he’s going to sell his soul to the city as soon as possible. When not singing or studying, Salim spends his time tending to sheep and wrestling with wild animals on his home turf of rural Gloucestershire.
Joshua Geddes – Bass
Josh is a third-year bass-baritone reading Music at Pembroke College. First inducted into the Anglican choral tradition while studying at St John’s School, Leatherhead, Josh decided to take his singing more seriously when he realised that his piano playing alone wouldn’t get him particularly far in the musical profession. Another factor involved in this decision was the naïve assumption that life as a singer would be far less time consuming—an illusion that was expeditiously shattered upon entry into King’s Choir. Another assumption Josh made before joining the group was that choir commitments would consist solely of Evensong. When 'off the pitch' (so to speak), the back row of King's actually like to spend time 'on the pitch'; Josh thus moves between singing on Can ('Cantoris') and playing Cam ('central attacking midfielder') for the KCCFC—I'll leave this one for you to work out. Apart from singing Josh enjoys spending time with his family, dog-walking, playing the piano, and working on his German.
Maxim Meshkvichev – Tenor
Owen Elsley – Tenor
Owen is a tenor hailing from Newcastle (the other one – in New South Wales, Australia). His passion for music was discovered at an early age when all efforts to stop him playing piano, trombone, singing or composing ultimately failed. After studying Physics and Mathematics at Sydney University, he has finally accepted his fate and made his way to Cambridge as to study for an MMus and to sing with King’s College Choir. Despite being unavoidably Antipodean, and a master’s student to boot, Owen has been thoroughly impressed by his choral colleagues’ ability not to hold these things against him. Owen is enjoying being in a country where not every animal is out to kill him, though has not yet come around to the concept of warm beer.
Jacob Partington – Countertenor
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