In a bittersweet announcement, the King's Singers have announced that Julian Gregory will be joining their ranks as tenor; Benedict Hymas, the previously-announced replacement for departing Paul Phoenix, has "withdrawn from the position for personal reasons."
Gregory's first performance with the acclaimed UK vocal ensemble will be on September 25 in Mayfield, England. The King's Singers are them embarking on a wide-ranging tour of Europe and the United States.
The accomplished young singer currently holds the Baroness de Turckheim Scholarship at the Royal Academy of Music, where he is studying for a Master's in Vocal Performance with Neil Mackie.
"The opportunity to be in The King's Singers only comes once," said Gregory in a press release from the King's Singers, "and, although for me this has come mid-studies at the Royal Academy of Music, I'm truly delighted to be embarking on this new adventure at this early stage of my career. The King's Singers is a group that I've revered since I was a child — my close friends can vouch for this! — so to now be in this unique position is unbelievable. I'm very much looking forward to an exciting time ahead."