VOCES8

Vocal ensemble

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VOCES8

Vocal ensemble

The singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning.
Gramophone Magazine

http://voces8.com/

The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is proud to inspire people through music and share the joy of singing. Touring extensively, the group performs repertoire from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements; versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression is central to the ensemble’s performance ethos.

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The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is proud to inspire people through music and share the joy of singing. Touring globally, the group performs an extensive repertory both in its a cappella concerts and in collaborations with leading orchestras, conductors and soloists. Versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression are central to the ensemble’s performance and education ethos.

VOCES8 has performed at many notable venues including Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Elbphilharmonie, Cité de la Musique, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tokyo Opera City, NCPA Beijing, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, Victoria Concert Hall Singapore and the Palacio de Bellas Artes Mexico City. This season they will add the Sydney Opera House, Muziekgebouw aan’ t IJ and La Seine Musicale Paris to that list. Keen musical collaborators, this season will see concerts with the Academy of Ancient Music, Manchester Camerata, the Edvard Grieg Kor, Hugo Ticciati, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, and with Gramophone Magazine ‘Artist of the Year 2018’ baroque violinist Rachel Podger, with whom the critically acclaimed ‘Guardian Angel’ project will continue. Touring highlights of the season include concerts throughout the UK and Europe, across USA and Japan, and debut visits to Australia and Lithuania.

With an on-going programme of recordings, videos and live broadcasts, VOCES8 is heard regularly on international television and radio. The ensemble is a Decca Classics artist and has released acclaimed recordings that have all reached the top of the classical charts. A new album is planned for 2019. VOCES8 has premiered commissions from Roxanna Panufnik, Alexander Levine, Alec Roth, Ben Parry, Ola Gjeilo, Philip Stopford, Graham Lack, Thomas Hewitt Jones and Owain Park. 2019 will see the premiere of a commission by Jonathan Dove to mark the culmination of his period as the group’s Composer in Residence.

VOCES8 is passionate about music education and is the flagship ensemble of the music charity VCM Foundation. Engaging in a broad range of outreach work that reaches up to 40,000 people a year, the group runs an annual programme of workshops and masterclasses at the Foundation’s home in London, the Gresham Centre at St Anne & St Agnes Church. Dedicated to supporting promising young singers, the group awards eight annual choral scholarships through the VOCES8 Scholars initiative. These scholarships are linked to the annual Milton Abbey Summer School at which amateur singers of all ages are invited to work and perform with VOCES8. The ensemble is proud to be the Associate Ensemble for Cambridge University and delivers a Masters programme in choral studies.

As official Ambassadors for Edition Peters, the ensemble publishes educational material including the ‘VOCES8 Method’. Developed by Paul Smith, co-founder of VOCES8, this renowned and unique teaching tool is available in four languages and adopts music to enhance development in numeracy, literacy and linguistics. Also available are two anthologies of its arrangements, and an ever-expanding ‘VOCES8 Singles’ range. This season the ensemble becomes Ambassador for the Tido App, an inspirational resource and learning tool. The VOCES8 Method and music arrangements will be made available on the Tido platform during the 2018/19 season.

VOCES8 is very grateful for support from Arts Council England, the Merchant Taylors’ Company, the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers, Holman Fenwick Willan and T.M.Lewin.

For more information about the music education programmes offered by VOCES8 and VCM Foundation please visit www.vcm.foundation or email info@vcm.foundation.

VOCES8
Andrea Halsey, soprano
Eleonore Cockerham, soprano
Katie Jeffries-Harris, alto
Barnaby Smith, alto and artistic director
Blake Morgan, tenor
Sam Dressel, tenor
Christopher Moore, baritone
Jonathan Pacey, bass

“The slickest of the lot…fans of a cappella ought to hear this.” CD Review, BBC Radio 3

“Eight beautifully integrated solo voices… Every number here has something particularly arresting within it, all supported by persuasive and committed singing.” BBC Music Magazine Choral and Song Choice, A Purcell Collection *****

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Reviews —

The singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning.

Gramophone Magazine

The slickest of the lot...fans of a cappella ought to hear this.

Record Review, BBC Radio 3

Eight beautifully integrated solo voices… Every number here has something particularly arresting within it, all supported by persuasive and committed singing.

BBC Music Magazine Choral and Song Choice, A Purcell Collection *****

Selected Discography —

Winter

With mulled wine and a slice of Stollen to hand, this warming masterpiece will definitely see me through any hivernal hardship.

Gramophone Magazine

Ola Gjeilo

Radiant vocal textures are backed by shimmering strings and a hypnotic piano, performed by Gjeilo himself.

Aled Jones, Record Review, Classic FM

Lux

Thematically, it's a clever concept, and is both programmed and sung with rare intelligence . . . the ensemble has a distinctive texture and the acoustics are responsive but not too bright . . . [one surprise highlight is "The Luckiest"] by pop singer Ben Folds. Magical.

Choir & Organ Magazine

Marcello: Psalms

With their vivid word-setting and lively declamation, the English texts give a slightly homespun quality to the enterprise. Well sung, there’s a striking triple canon with Latin text to finish.

The Observer

Eventide

Thankfully, "Eventide" not only features some of the finest choral singing you'll hear anywhere; as far as chill albums go, it's one of the best I've heard . . . [all the performances] are without exception impeccable.

Limelight Magazine, Australia

A Purcell Collection

This is a lovely collection, reflective of the composer’s eclectic talents, and beautifully performed.

Early Music Review

Bach Motets

The singing is crisp and accurate … The period performance movement has demonstrated how to bring life and energy back to Bach’s choral textures, but none of the big names have produced anything that is quite as much fun as this.

MusicWeb.com

Aces High

The slickest of the lot … two parts King’s Singers, three parts Swingle Singers, a dash of Bobby McFerrin and California sunshine … fans of a cappella ought to hear this, not just for the singing but the production values and Jim Clements audacious arrangements.

Record Review, BBC Radio 3
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Underneath the Stars

Kate Rusby's beautiful song, arranged by Jim Clements. The performance was recorded and filmed at VOCES8's home in London, the Gresham Centre. View on YouTube

Lay a Garland

Robert Lucas Pearsall's famously beautiful 'dirge', performed by VOCES8 at their London home, the Gresham Centre View on YouTube

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