The English bass-baritone Christopher Purves has performed operatic roles from the Baroque to contemporary repertory, and he has sung choral music at the Proms and other major venues. His background is unusual in that it includes a substantial career in popular music with the doo wop/jazz vocal group Harvey & the Wallbangers. Purves was born October 11, 1961 in Cambridge, England. He shared with many other classical performers the background of boy chorister and choral scholar at King's College, Cambridge. He majored in English at King's College and, after graduating, joined Harvey & the Wallbangers in 1983. In that group he not only sang bass but also played the trumpet. He left the group as it was dissolving in 1987 and performed for a time as a freelance experimental vocalist, also taking on gigs as an additional vocalist for ...
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