VOCES8

November 10, 2016
7:30 p.m.

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VOCES8 is delighted to present Sing Joyfully, a program that celebrates the joy and beauty of voices in harmony. With music from the Renaissance to Jazz and Pop, this concert combines ethereal and angelic voices with VOCES8 renowned stage presence in a unique presentation which sees the group perform both acoustically and amplified. Sing Joyfully will include pieces by Felix Mendelssohn, William Byrd and Henry Purcell as well as versions of “Moondance” by Van Morrison, “Ain’t that a Kick in the Head” by Jimmy Van Heusen, and “It Don’t Mean a Thing” by Duke Ellington.

VOCES8 is one of the most exciting and versatile vocal groups performing today. Formed in 2003 by former Westminster Abbey choristers, the British octet performs repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony to modern jazz and pop arrangements.

 

VOCES8 tours extensively throughout the world. The award-winning ensemble has performed at major international venues including: Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Tokyo Opera City Concert Hall, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, Tel Aviv Opera House, National Concert Hall Taipei, Cité de la Musique in Paris, Dijon Opera House, National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing and Shanghai Concert Hall. They have also appeared with the Philharmonia and London Philharmonic orchestras.

Education and outreach are fundamental to the mission of VOCES8. The group is proud to be the flagship performance and education ensemble of the charitable foundation Voces Cantabiles Music (VCM) whose innovative education work has been praised by UNESCO. Inspiring creativity and excellence through music, VOCES8 leads a series of workshops reaching over 20,000 people annually worldwide. VCM, in partnership with the Diocese of London, established The Gresham Centre in 2013. A vocal Centre for Excellence, The Gresham Centre is housed at Sir Christopher Wren’s beautiful St Anne & St Agnes Church. VOCES8 is also resident ensemble at Bedford School, Ardingly College, The Grey Coat Hospital and Milton Abbey.

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 clothier and official sponsor T.M.Lewin.

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