We are very saddened at the news that founder of The Swingles, Ward Swingle, has passed away at the age of 87.
Ward Swingle was a pioneer who pushed the boundaries of what the human voice can achieve and completely redefined a cappella music. He formed The Swingle Singers first in France in the early 1960s and reformed the group in the UK in the 1970s, where it took on the format that remains to this day. The group has won five Grammy Awards over its more than 50 year history and they are still at the forefront of a cappella music as a result of Ward’s legacy.
On the 20th Feburary 2004, Ward Swingle was named ‘Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’ by the French Minister of Culture and Information.
Ward Swingle died on the 19th January 2015 and is fondly remembered by all those who worked with him throughout his long career. The Swingles have collected memories of Ward, which are available to view here.