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 performance, exquisite singing and creating a sound that spans the entire range of vocal colour.
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. Subsequently the group has performed widely in the UK, Europe, the USA, Africa and Asia.
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. VOCES8's 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.
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 official sponsor, T.M.Lewin.
‘The slickest of the lot…two parts King’s Singers, three parts Swingle Singers, a dash of Bobby McFerrinn 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 McGregor CD Review BBC Radio 3
“Voices sounding as though hand-picked for sheer vocal beauty, perfect transparency of intricate contrapuntal textures, extreme cohesion, as well as impeccable accuracy and mutual attentiveness, characterized voice culture of the highest level.” The Jerusalem Post
“There were only eight voices, but what voices! The harmonies were pure, with tonal clarity and expressive phrasing... All genres, irrespective of the complexity of the original scores, were given the same respect. Whether they were singing a madrigal or a pop song, the delivery was technically flawless and had the same beauty of vocal colour.” The Royal Gazette, Bermuda
“As polished and British as a new pair of patent leather shoes from Harrod’s...There was virtually no style or technique that the group didn’t own outright.” The Birmingham News, Alabama.