“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.”
“A perfect blend of calm contentment and soaring spirit.”
BBC Music Magazine Choral and Song Choice
“Eight beautifully integrated solo voices… persuasive and committed singing.”
“VOCES8 are undoubtedly gifted.”
“”Radiant” and “luminous” are adjectives that are perhaps overused in describing choral sound, but in this case they are fully deserved.”
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 to their résumé the Sydney Opera House, Muziekgebouw aan ’t IJ, and La Seine Musicale Paris. Keen musical collaborators, VOCES8 will also perform with the Academy of Ancient Music, Manchester Camerata, the Edvard Grieg Kor, Hugo Ticciati, the Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, and with baroque violinist Rachel Podger in the critically acclaimed ‘Guardian Angel’ project. The current season includes touring throughout the UK and Europe, across the US and Japan, and debuts in Australia and Lithuania.
With an ongoing program of recordings, videos, and live broadcasts, VOCES8 is heard regularly on international television and radio. The ensemble is a Decca Classics/Universal 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. The ensemble will premiere a commission by Jonathan Dove in 2019 to mark the culmination of his time as the group’s Composer-in-Residence.
VOCES8 is passionate about music education and is the flagship ensemble of music foundation Voces Cantabiles Music (VCM). Engaging in a broad range of outreach work that reaches up to 40,000 people per year, the group runs an annual program of workshops at the home of VCM, the Gresham Centre at St Anne & St Agnes Church in London. The group is dedicated to supporting promising young singers and awards eight annual choral scholarships through the VOCES8 Scholars initiative. These scholarships are linked to the Milton Abbey Summer School at which amateur singers of all ages are invited to work and perform with VOCES8. The ensemble is also proud to be the Associate Ensemble for Cambridge University and delivers a Masters program 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 and CEO of VCM, this powerful teaching tool is available in four languages and utilizes musical exercises to improve academic performance in numeracy, literacy, and linguistics. VOCES8 has also released two anthologies of its arrangements alongside an ever-expanding collection of VOCES8 Singles, a library of individual song arrangements. This season, the ensemble becomes Ambassador for the Tido Music app, a musical resource and learning tool. The VOCES8 Method and music arrangements will be made available on the Tido Music 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 clothier T.M. Lewin.