CYPRESS STUDIO SINGERS

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While studying music at U.B.C. during the 1970’s, Larry Nickel worked at Timbre One Sound Studios, arranging vocals for radio and television jingles and back-ground vocals for LP albums. “Those were formative years for me, while under pressure to get things done quickly. Barely out of my teens I had SO MUCH to learn.” says Nickel. One of his studio mentors, Delores Claman, wrote the famous “Hockey Night in Canada”. Over the ensuing years he was privileged to sing low bass in some of the finest choirs in B.C., including Phoenix, Chor Leoni, West Coast Mennonite Chamber Choir, Vancouver Cantata Singers and as a professional in the Vancouver Chamber Choir. He became friends with many excellent singers. So when Kuni Murai (founder of Alfa Records) hired Larry to assemble fine singers and to arrange and record vocals for his music in 2001, Larry had an incredible roster of talent to draw from.  (photo – Kuni Murai and Torben Oxbol with Larry in 2002)  Listen to one of the first projects – One Pure White Dove.

The singers have been in the studio nearly every year since then. Many song writers have had their music arranged for choir and/or recorded by these professionals. Personnel varies slightly from year to year with several singers still part of the original ensemble after 18 years – including Larry’s youngest brother, John (Larry’s favourite baritone). After Larry became the owner of Cypress Choral Music in 2009 the group began to make demos of Cypress publications in order to assist choir members, far and wide, in the learning process – with pristine examples.  “The Cypress Studio Singers” typically record for 5 hours on a Sunday afternoon, two or three times each year. They sight-read, tune and blend with phrasing and proper word stress on the spot! Enjoy listening to their recordings, listed below.  watch here  All of the sheet music is available! The recordings are also on sale in collections of 16 MP3s. (downloads – perfect for directors who are considering new repertoire).

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