The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is now established as one of the most versatile and best-loved singing groups. Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the ensemble performs a repertory from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements.
In recent seasons VOCES8 has performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Cité de la Musique Paris, Tokyo Opera City, National Concert Hall Taipei, National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, Shanghai Concert Hall, Tel Aviv Opera House and Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall. Highlights of the 2015/16 season include performances at the Vienna Konzerthaus, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, London’s Royal Albert Hall and Barbican Centre, and Utrecht’s Early Music festival. They will undertake a major USA tour including performances at 6 of the 7 ACDA Regional Conventions, and tour Korea including giving the opening concert at the Busan Choral Festival and Competition. Performing Residencies in the season include Houston, the St Andrew’s Voices Festival, Cambridge Early Music Festival, St Magnus International Festival, and Chor.com in Germany. VOCES8 make return visits this season to Bozar Brussels, La Folle Journée Nantes and Festival O/Modernt Stockholm.
Artistic collaborations have included the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, period ensemble Les Inventions, violinist Hugo Ticciati and cellist Matthew Sharp. In this season the ensemble will work with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and John Rutter, Christina Pluhar and L’Arpeggiata, and pianists Jonathan Dove and Ola Gjeilo. The group enjoys working with composers and is delighted to welcome Ola Gjeilo as Composer in Residence this season, alongside Jim Clements as principle music arranger. VOCES8 has previously premiered commissions from Ola Gjeilo, Roxanna Panufnik, Alexander Levine, Alec Roth, Ben Parry, and Thomas Hewitt Jones. This season Philip Stopford will join that list.
With an on-going programme of recordings and live broadcasts, VOCES8 is heard regularly on international television and radio, including MPR, the BBC and ClassicFM. VOCES8 is a Decca Classics Artist and with whom two albums, ‘Eventide’ and ‘Lux’, have been at the top of the Classical Charts on their release. In 2016 a Decca Classics release of the music of Ola Gjeilo will include performances from the group. At the start of this season Signum Classics will release a recording of Benedetto Marcello’s Psalm-settings sung by the group accompanied by Les Inventions. In 2013, the ensemble was nominated for seven CARA Awards, winning in the categories for Best Classical Album and Best Classical Song. VOCES8 is an Ambassador for Edition Peters with whom it publishes arrangements and educational material, including the ‘VOCES8 Songbook’ and the ‘VOCES8 Method’.
As the flagship ensemble of the charitable music foundation Voces Cantabiles Music (VCM), VOCES8 has an enviable reputation for its education work. The ensemble leads an innovative series of music education workshops reaching 20,000 people annually around the world with the aim of inspiring creativity and excellence through music. The innovative education work of VCM has received praise from UNESCO and since 2005 has raised £1 million towards music education in the UK. In 2013 VCM established the Gresham Centre, a vocal Centre for Excellence at Sir Christopher Wren’s beautiful St Anne & St Agnes Church in the City of London, in partnership with the Diocese of London. This season VOCES8 continues as resident ensemble at Bedford School, Ardingly College, Bradfield College and The Grey Coat Hospital. It also leads the Milton Abbey Summer School.
VOCES8 has received support from Arts Council England, the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the Worshipful Company of Musicians. The group is also grateful for the support of its official sponsor, T.M.Lewin.
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”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 *****