Tenor Oli Griffiths is a member of The Swingle Singers and he describes performing with a group of singers, how the group get on with each other both on and off stage, how they all have their own ways of preparing for a performance and how they deal with their nerves.

He talks about both the fear and exhilaration of improvising as a group in a live performance and how they work with each other when they’re recording.They have released more than 50 recordings, winning five Grammy® awards and appearing on numerous film and TV soundtracks The group’s versatility has led to collaborations with artists as diverse as the Modern Jazz Quartet, Jamie Cullum, Labrinth and Luciano Berio. Their busy touring schedule regularly takes them to North and South America, Europe and Asia.

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For more than half a century, The Swingles have pushed the boundaries of vocal music. The seven young singers that make up today’s London-based group are driven by the same innovative spirit that has defined the five-time Grammy® winners since they first made waves in the 1960s. In 1963, American-born Ward Swingle first assembled a group of Parisian session singers to sing Bach’s keyboard music. The resulting album, Jazz Sebastian Bach, launched the Swingle Singers to fame. Since then their repertoire has grown to include a huge variety of music, as well as new original songs.

They have released more than 50 recordings, winning five Grammy® awards and appearing on numerous film and TV soundtracks The group’s versatility has led to collaborations with artists as diverse as the Modern Jazz Quartet, Jamie Cullum, Labrinth and Luciano Berio. Their busy touring schedule regularly takes them to North and South America, Europe and Asia.