‘Live From London‘ is a new, paid-for online festival from the VOCES8 Foundation, featuring some of the world’s finest award-winning vocal ensembles: VOCES8, I Fagiolini, Stile Antico, The Swingles, The Sixteen (from Kings Place), The Gesualdo Six, Apollo5, Chanticleer (from San Francisco) and a special guest appearance by The Academy of Ancient Music. The ensembles will be performing their favourite works, and pieces for which they’ve become renowned, singing repertoire from the Renaissance to contemporary A Cappella.
The promotional trailer for ‘Live From London’ is here.
The festival is a heart-warming display of vocal ensembles helping each other in a time of crisis. These concerts will be some of the first performances by the ensembles since the start of the lock-down restrictions at the beginning of the year.
The festival will be broadcast in HD every Saturday for ten weeks from the 1st August 2020 at VOCES8’s beautiful Centre (St Anne and St Agnes Church), in the heart of the City of London.
Taking the lead from current sporting events, the concerts will be broadcast from a closed venue. Singers and crew will be following the strict government guidelines about safety and distancing in the workplace.
Viewers will be able to pay for exclusive access to the entire season or individual concert tickets. Season passes are £80 (only £8 per concert, per household). Single concert tickets will be available for £12.50. Concessions have been crafted for students and choirs across the world, as well as special deals for promoters and venues. It has been designed to raise money for artists, venues and promoters to cover their COVID-19 losses, and to reunite the world’s many singers, and audiences with much needed live concerts.
A portion of all ticket sales will be put towards funding for grassroots music education, and to addressing topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in choral music. Artists will share income from season ticket sales, as well as individual concert income.
This approach goes beyond free streaming on social media, allowing a revenue channel for promoters, venues and artists (most of whom are freelance).
More information, and tickets for ‘Live From London’ can be found at: voces8.foundation/livefromlondon