Voces8

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VOCES8 are an a cappella octet from the United Kingdom.

History[edit]

Formed in 2005, Voces8 has a diverse repertoire ranging from early English and European Renaissance choral works to their own arrangements.

The group has recently signed to the Decca Classics label. The first Decca album is 'Eventide' which releases in February 2014.[1] Prior to the recording contract with Decca, the ensemble recorded seven albums:"A Purcell Collection" (2013) "Christmas" (2012); Choral Tapestry (2011); The Bach Motets (2010); Aces High (2010); Evensong (2008); From Gibbons to Gershwin (2007). The most recent recordings are on the Signum label.

The group have appeared on the BBC and performed on television and radio in Germany, Belgium, Austria, Slovenia, France, Spain and Italy. VOCES8 has recorded live for Deutschlandradio Kultur, as well as for Radio France Musique; ARTE TV; MPR in the US and in Japan. The ensemble has appeared on the BBC programme Songs of Praise.

Artistic collaborations with orchestras have included the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra and period ensemble Les Inventions. VOCES8 has received support from Arts Council England, the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the Worshipful Company of Musicians.

Voces8 members:

  • Emily Dickens (soprano)
  • Andrea Haines (soprano)
  • Chris Wardle (counter-tenor)
  • Barnaby Smith (counter-tenor)
  • Sam Dressel (tenor)
  • Oliver Vincent (tenor)
  • Paul Smith (baritone)
  • Dingle Yandell (bass)

Education work[edit]

As part of the charitable foundation Voces Cantabiles Music, VOCES8 works with more than 20,000 young people each year. The foundation is based at the Gresham Centre in St Anne and St Agnes Church - a beautiful Sir Christopher Wren building 200 yards from St Paul's Cathedral in central London. The Gresham Centre is a centre for vocal excellence founded by VOCES8, and the work of Voces Cantabiles Music also sees the ensemble run creative music education projects with schools and communities across the UK, and internationally in France, the United States and Sweden. Education partners include:

Past members[edit]

VOCES8 turned professional in 2007. The current line up of VOCES8 contains four of these original members. Past members include:

  • Thomas Elwin
  • Rachel Major
  • Catherine Backhouse
  • Robin Bailey
  • Charles MacDougall
  • Robert Smith

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