THE APEX SINGERS
Established in 2019 by Artistic Director Ollie Lambert, The Apex Singers are an 8-part vocal ensemble creating innovative vocal music through their unique arrangements and soundworld. Their debut album Hiraeth received critical acclaim including two CARAs (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards) and 'Album of the Week' on Scala Radio. On 30th September 2022, The Apex Singers released their second studio album, Stravaig. The Scottish verb which means to wander aimlessly relates to the album’s fresh arrangements of Scottish, Irish, American and English folk songs arranged for the group over lockdown. The Apex Singers held a crowdfunding campaign to support the creation of Stravaig, their first simultaneously tracked studio album.
The Apex Singers' outreach work has seen the group partner with The Hallé to bring inspiring and insightful workshops and opportunities to young vocalists around the UK. While headlining at The International Irish A Cappella Festival in 2019, the group ran workshops and masterclasses with vocal ensembles of all abilities, tailored to help develop and nurture their singing as an ensemble. The Apex Singers have a host of masterclasses available from 'Creating Your Own Ensemble', to 'Vocal Technique and Development'. If you'd like to book a workshop please get in touch.
In the initial UK lockdown, The Apex Singers released a new online series of music videos arranged, recordings, filmed and produced in isolation. This series of monthly releases led the group to receive the accolade of ‘Highly Commended Choir of the Year’ at the 2020 Classical Music Digital Awards.
In March 2020 the ensemble successfully crowdfunded the creation and release of their debut album ‘Hiraeth’, which received two CARAs (Contemporary A Cappella Recording Awards) for Best Folk/World Album and Best Classical/Traditional Song (Solrenning Sæle). Following its release 'Hiraeth' was chosen as Simon Mayo’s ‘Album of the Week’ on Scala Radio and selected as one of Jack Pepper & Angelica Bell’s top three albums of 2020. The album brings together fresh arrangements of folk-tunes from different cultures representing every continent, from an African lullaby, to a vocalised Irish jig.
‘Hiraeth’ – Welsh word meaning ‘nostalgia’. A deep longing for home.
The Apex Singers would like to thank all those who supported the group’s crowdfunding campaign, making the recording of this debut album possible.