Pensacola Christian Faculty in Florida canceled a efficiency of the Grammy-winning a cappella group The King’s Singers simply hours earlier than they have been scheduled to go on stage, citing the “way of life” of 1 its members.

“The school can not knowingly give an implied or direct endorsement of something that violates the Holy Scripture,” wrote PCC in an announcement posted to Twitter Monday.

“PCC canceled a live performance with The King’s Singers upon studying that one of many artists brazenly maintained a life-style that contradicts Scripture,” the varsity added, saying that the musicians have been handled with “dignity and respect” after they have been knowledgeable that the present wouldn’t go on.

The group responded with their very own assertion, writing on Twitter that they have been “deeply saddened” by the choice to cancel their efficiency simply two hours earlier than the slated begin time, and alleging that the sexual orientation of group members was the explanation behind the abrupt cancellation.

“The college gave its motive for cancellation as ‘considerations’ expressed concerning the ‘way of life’ of members of our group,” The King’s Singers wrote. “It has change into clear to us, from a flood of correspondence from college students and members of the general public, that these considerations associated to the sexuality of members of our group.”

The group stated that they know Pensacola Christian Faculty is a “fundamentalist Christian establishment,” however that they’d carried out there earlier than, and weren’t anticipating there to be points surrounding their reserving — an end result they stated they have been “disillusioned” by.

“Our perception is that music can construct a typical language that enables individuals with totally different views and views to return collectively,” they wrote.

“That is the primary time that something apart from unhealthy climate, the pandemic or conflict has brought on a live performance cancellation in our 55-year historical past,” added the group, happening to say that they hoped the conversations arising from this is able to “encourage a larger sense of affection, acceptance and inclusion.”

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The King’s Singers attend the 61st Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Middle on Feb. 10, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. 

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Supporters instantly flooded the replies on the tweet, expressing each optimistic messages for the group, and frustration on the scenario.

“I am so sorry to listen to this. The one silver lining…many extra people are actually studying about your music. So…that is good for us,” wrote one consumer.

“Pensacola Christian Faculty: The Faculty Proudly With out Music,” joked one other.

The tweet even prompted a response from Florida state Rep. Anna V. Eskamani, who wrote concerning the King’s Singers: “We respect you a lot, so sorry this occurred.”

The King’s Singers are at present on tour by June, with an upcoming cease in Canada, earlier than returning to Europe. They’ve garnered 4 whole Grammy nominations, together with one win in 2009 in the very best classical crossover album class for his or her album “Easy Items.”