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The King's Singers

The King's Singers is a group of singers, known for their skill in acappella song. Their name recalls King's College in Cambridge, England, where the group was formed by six choral scholars in 1968. The group still consists of six singers in total, with their membership changing over the years. Although the King's Singers are almost exclusively acappella in their live performances, they sometimes use one or two musical instruments to provide minimal accompaniment in their studio recordings.

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The Bulgarian Voices Angelite

The Bulgarian Voices Angelite (also known as The Bulgarian Women's Choir Angelite or simply Angelite) is among the most renowned ensembles in the categories of Balkan and Bulgarian folk music.
This women's choir has performed practically everywhere: on the Red Square in Moscow, at the award ceremony of the Nobel Peace Prize in Stockholm and at the Vatican. The cryptic, mysterious, perhaps even somewhat mystical quality that characterises the choir's sound arises primarily from the singers' preference for a second voice which is maintained a slight interval to the leading melody.

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The Tallis Scholars

The Tallis Scholars are a British vocal ensemble normally consisting of 10 members. Formed in 1973 by their director Peter Phillips, they specialize in performing a cappella sacred vocal music written during the Renaissance by composers from all over Europe. They are currently recognized as one of the world leaders in this field, having risen to a place of prominence among other professional ensembles.

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Finest Kind

Finest Kind is a project of Canadian singers Ian Robb, Ann Downey and Shelly Posen. They specialize in resounding three-part harmony that is based in British and North American folk tradition. Often they accompany themselves on banjo and guitar, but quite often they sing a capella. Ian Robb's solo career is long and distinguished as well, and his northern British accent adds a special flavor to the group singing. Their style can be compared to Bok, Trickett and Muir. Coope Boyes and Simpson, or The Voice Squad.

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Anno Domini

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London Bulgarian Choir

Although based in London. the London Bulgarian Choir performs Bulgarian folk songs. Dessislava Stefanova, formerly of the Philip Koutev Ensemble, has led the choir since its formation in 2000. The London Bulgarian Choir have released one album, Alyana Galyana, and have contributed to film and television soundtracks including Troy and The Virgin Queen. The choir are BBC Radio 3's Open Choir of the Year, 2006-7.

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The Blanks

The Blanks are an a cappella group. Most notably, they continue to appear in the TV series Scrubs in a recurring guest role, under various names such as "Ted's Band" and "The Worthless Peons". They have released an album, Riding The Wave, released in 2004. The group maintains that all of their tracks feature only their four voices, and they do not use any traditional musical instruments (except for, as their pledge states, "talking toys, hand claps, finger snaps and thigh slaps").

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The Madrigals

The Madrigals are from London. They make music that is influenced by traditional English folk music but sounds more like indie-pop bands such as Belle & Sebastian and Saturday Looks Good To Me. They're really lovely.

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