In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
VOCES8's career has developed both in the classical choral scene and the world of a cappella. In 2009, the group's first commercial album, EVENSONG, was nominated for a CARA. The group's most recent release, ACES HIGH, is a scintillating collection of VOCES8's unique interpretations of jazz and pop favourites and theme tunes from the legendary James Bond movies and is on general release on the Signum Classics label. The group's latest release on the Signum label is a collection of motets by J. S. Bach.
Notable London appearances include the Royal Festival Hall, the Wigmore Hall, Alexandra Palace, Kings Place, and the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. VOCES8 broadcasts regularly on international television and radio, including live recordings for Deutschlandradio Kultur and Radio France Musique.
VOCES8 plays a key role in the education work of the non-profit foundation Voces Cantabiles Music. The group leads innovative workshops as part of larger outreach projects in two-hundred schools throughout the UK, France, Sweden and the USA. Their education work extends to workshops and master-classes with people of all ages and abilities around the world with the aim of inspiring creativity through music.
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Review: 'A Choral Tapestry' explores the rich timbres of sacred vocal music spanning five centuries. Interweaving genres create an ethereal sonic tapestry that centers around masterpieces from Europe's rich choral history.
Songlist: Os Justi, Vigilate, Kyrie from Mass for Four Voices, Cantate Domino, O Magnum Mysterium, Magnificat Primi Toni, Warum ist das Licht gegeben?, Go Down Moses, O Clap Your Hands, Das Agnus Dei, Wir glauben an einen Gott, Fest - und Gedenkspruche, Unsere Vater hoffen auf dich, Wenn ein starker Gewappneter, Wo ist ein so herrlich Volk, Steal Away, Abendied, The Lamb, Agnes Dei from Mass for Four Voices
From Russia With Love
Review: With a dash of danger, a hint of high society and mixture of three parts suave English gentlemen to one part beautiful femme fatale, this is the new album by vocal ensemble VOCES8. Aces High is a thrilling blend of James Bond themes and classic Jazz and Pop tunes. VOCES8 has established itself as the foremost young British a cappella group performing repertoire ranging from early polyphony to unique jazz and popular arrangements. VOCES8 has entertained audiences across Europe, and has been praised for its stunning performance, exquisite singing and a sound that spans the entire range of vocal color.
Songlist: Goldeneye, Slap That Bass, What A Difference A Day Makes, Good Vibrations, Dream A Little Dream of Me, Feeling Good, Anything Goes, From Russia With Love, Cloudy, Losing My Mind, Mack the Knife, Love of My Life, For Your Eyes Only/You Only Live Twice, Thunderball, Smooth Criminal, Nobody Does It Better
Review: Voces8 return to disc with this new recording of J.S.Bach's Motets, BWV 225-230. Joined by the Senesino Players, this young group prove their versatility and skill in performing some of Bach's most challenging and engaging compositions. This disc follows their a cappella debut disc with Signum earlier this year, Aces High (SIGCD187) - themed around some stunning jazz arrangements and songs from the James Bond films: 'The slickest of the lot ... two parts King's Singers, three parts Swingle Singers, a dash of Bobby McFerrin and California sunshine ... fans of a cappella ought to hear this, not just for the singing but the production values and Jim Clements audacious arrangements' Andrew McGreggor, CD Review, BBC Radio 3
Songlist: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, Fuchte dich nicht, ich bin bei dir, Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden, Jesu, meine Freude, Komm, Jesu, komm, Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf
Review: The international award-winning octet Voces8 has established itself as the foremost young British a cappella group. Performing a repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony to unique jazz and pop arrangements, the group has been praised for stunning performances, exquisite singing and creating a sound that spans the entire range of vocal color. Founded in 2003 by ex-choristers of Westminster Abbey, Voces8 first achieved success in 2005, winning first prize at the International Choral Grand Prix in Gorizia, Italy. This collection of German choral music for Mirare finds the group in top voice.
Songlist: Unsere Vater hofften auf dich, Wo ist ein so herrich Volk?, Warum ist das Licht gegeben dem Muhseligen?, Das Agnus Dei, Wir glauben an einen Gott, Motet Locus iste a Deo factus est, Motet Os justi Meditabitur sapientiam, Wienn ein starker Gewappneter, Motet Virga Jesse floruit, Wiegenlied
Review: The international award-winning octet VOCES8 has established itself as the foremost young British a cappella group. Performing repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony to unique jazz & pop arrangements, the group has been praised for stunning performance, exquisite singing and creating a sound that spans the entire range of vocal color.cv
Songlist: Once in Royal David's City, Gabriel's Message, Magnificat Quinti Toni, O Magnum Mysterium, Away in a Manger, Ding Dong Merrily on High, I Wonder as I Wander, Totus Tuus, Coventry Carol, Jesu, Swete Sone Dear, At the Manger Mary Sings, Videntes Stellam, In Dulci Jubilo, Bethlehem Down, There is no Rose, Nesciens Mater, The Three Kings, What Cheer?
Me and My Shadow
Review: Voces8 has established itself as the foremost young British a cappella group, performing a varied repertoire, from popular and jazz arrangements to early polyphony. The 6-men, 2-women octet performs extensively in the UK, Europe and the US, and has been drawing reviews such as 'stunning performance,' 'exquisite singing' and 'a sound that spans the entire range of vocal color.' We can only agree with this assessment in every way, and point out that after the octet's recent performance at the ACDA Convention in Oklahoma City, over a hundred people lined up at the PAC booths to buy 'Evensong,' and only 75 were lucky enough to get one, but we have now managed to get our hands on a bunch more from the group! 12 songs, every one an exquisite gem, so we will simply list them: British composers Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley's title tune, Al Jolson's 'Me and My Shadow,' Otis Blackwell's jazzy 'Fever,' 'Gabriel's Message' (pop mix), Palestrina's soaring 'Magnificat Primi Toni,' Nat King Cole's 'Straighten Up and Fly Right,' Jerry Lieber/Mike Stoller's 'Jailhouse Rock,' 'Good King Wenceslas,' Orlando Gibbons' 'O Clap Your Hands,' Ben Folds' 'The Luckiest,' Gustav Holst's 'Nunc Dimittis' and Leslie Bricusse/Anthony Newley's 'Feeling Good.' Be it Choral, Vocal Jazz, Pop, Classical Spiritual or whatever genre you'd care to put them in, Voces8 is one of the best a cappella groups we've ever heard. Buy 'Evensong,' turn the volume up or put on some fine headphones, and enjoy!
Songlist: Evensong, Me and My Shadow, Fever, Gabriel's Message, Magnificat Primi Toni, Straighten Up and Fly Right, Jailhouse Rock, Good King Wenceslas, O Clap Your Hands, The Luckiest, Nunc Dimittis, Feeling Good, Magnificat, Hallelujah, Gabriel's Message (Cathedral Mix)
Review: The marvelously varied repertoire of Voces Cantabiles Music's 6-man, 2 woman a cappella ensemble Voces8 is highlighted on this collection of tunes that have been wowing audiences and judges across Europe, making the group one of the most highly sought after vocal ensembles around. The group's links to Westminster Abbey are clear in the first two cuts, 'O Clap Your Hands,' a polyphonic work by former organist Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625), and Richard Dering's (1580-1630) Italian canzona 'Factum est Silentium.' William Byrd's 'Haec Dies' continues the Italianate theme, and returning to Westminster Abbey we hear from another former organist, Henry Purcell (1659-1695), his 8-part 'Hear My Prayer, O Lord.' Other fine classical works follow, among them 'Gaude Virgo, Mater Christi' by Josquin de Prez, Claudio Monteverdi's 'Cantate Domino,' Josef Rheinberger's 'Abenlied' and Robert Pearsall's 'Lay a Garland.' Two spirituals, the plaintive 'Steal Away' and 'Didn't my Lord Deliver Daniel,' Louis Armstrong's jazz recording of 'Mack the Knife' hears the ensemble imitate an 8-part big band, 'Maria' from 'West Side Story' and 'Who Will Buy' from the musical 'Oliver' follow. The final cut returns to an Armstrong recording of Gershwin's 1930s classic, 'I Got Rhythm.' A wonderful, stunning collection, and another winner for Voces8!
Songlist: O Clap Your Hands, Factum Est Silentium, Haec Dies, Hear My Prayer, Gaude Virgo Mater Christi, Magnificat Primi Toni A 8, Cantata Domino, Abendlied, Nunc Dimittis, As Yesta Was From Latmos Hill Descending, Fair Phyllis, Il Est Bel Et Bon, Lieto Godea, Steal Away, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel, Mack the Knife, Maria, Who Will Buy, I Got Rhythm
Ding Dong Merrily on High
Review: Voces Cantabiles Music is a British Educational Foundation, led by Artistic Director Barnaby Smith and an elite team of 19 professional performance artists, teachers, facilitators and workshop leaders that maintains 4 ensembles, Voces Cantabiles, Voces Cantabiles Youth Choir, the Senesino Players, a professional chamber orchestra, and Voces8, a professional a cappella vocal octet. 'Snowed In' is a finely-crafted Christmas collection of 17 songs by these 6 young men and 2 women singers, founded in 2003 by ex-choristers of Westminster Abbey. With a repertoire ranging from 13th century polyphony to new jazz arrangements, the group has toured extensively in Europe, winning first prizes at International Grand Prix in Goriza and at the European Grand Prix in Spain, for both the sacred and secular categories. Favorites are standards 'I Saw Three Ships,' 'The Boar's Head Carol,' 'Good King Wenceslas,' 'Gabriel's Message,' 'The Twelve Days of Christmas,' 'Ding Dong Merrily on High,' 'The Holly and the Ivy,' 'I Wonder as I Wander' and 'In the Bleak Midwinter,' but the fresh, clean sound of this talented group makes every selection a winner. Treat your family and friends to 'Snowed In,' one of the best Christmas recordings of the year!
Songlist: Away in a Manger, I Saw Three Ships, Silent Night, The Boar's Head Carol, Coventry Carol, Good King Wenceslas, Gabriel's Message, The Twelve Days of Christmas, In Dulci Jubilo, Ding Dong Merrily on High, A Great and Mighty Wander, The Holly and the Ivy, I Wonder as I Wander, Puer Natus in Bethlehem, Jingle Bells, In the Bleak Midwinter, Merry Christmas