Voces8 in 2019
|Genres||a cappella music|
Voces8, styled VOCES8, is an a cappella octet from the United Kingdom. They have appeared internationally and made recordings of classical music, jazz, pop, and their own arrangements. Recent recordings are under their own label Voces8 Records. Educational efforts are run by the Voces8 Foundation.
Voces8 is a British vocal ensemble originally founded in 2003, and regrouped in 2005, by brothers Paul and Barnaby Smith. At times they have contained two sopranos, two countertenors, two tenors, a baritone and a bass. By 2020, one of the countertenors had been replaced by a female alto. The Smith brothers were former choristers from Westminster Abbey.
The ensemble has a diverse repertoire including early English and European Renaissance music, traditional folk song, classic jazz, pop and their own arrangements. In 2015, they performed with four guest singers music by Claudio Monteverdi in a concert at Wigmore Hall in London. They have appeared internationally, touring especially in Europe, Asia and North America.
- Andrea Haines – First soprano (2008–present)
- Molly Noon – Second soprano (2021–present)
- Katie Jeffries-Harris – First alto (2018–present)
- Barnaby Smith – Second alto/countertenor (2005–present)
- Blake Morgan – First tenor (2016–present)
- Euan Williamson – Second tenor (2019–present)
- Chris Moore – Baritone (2018–present)
- Jonathan Pacey – Bass (2015–present)
- Rachel Major – First soprano (2005–2008)
- Catherine Backhouse – Second soprano (2005–2009)
- Emily Dickens – Second soprano (2009–2017)
- Eleonore Cockerham – Second soprano (2017–2021)
- Daniel Keating-Smith – First countertenor (2005–2007)
- Chris Wardle – First counter-tenor (2007–2018)
- Charles MacDougall – First tenor (2005–2012)
- Oliver Vincent – First tenor (2012–2016)
- Thomas Elwin – Second tenor (2005–2006)
- Robin Bailey – Second tenor (2006–2009)
- Robert Smith – Second tenor (2009–2013)
- Sam Dressel – Second tenor (2013–2019)
- Paul Smith – Baritone (2005–2016)
- Rob Clark – Baritone (2016–2018)
- Simon Whiteley – Bass (2005–2006)
- Greg Hallam – Bass (2006–2007)
- Dingle Yandell – Bass (2007–2015)
|Period||First Soprano||Second Soprano||First Alto/Countertenor||Second Alto/CounterTenor||First Tenor||Second Tenor||Baritone||Bass|
|2005–2006||Rachel Major||Catherine Backhouse||Daniel Keating-Smith||Barnaby Smith||Charles MacDougal||Thomas Elwin||Paul Smith||Simon Whiteley|
|2006–2007||Robin Bailey||Greg Hallam|
|2007–2008||Chris Wardle||Dingle Yandell|
|2009–2012||Emily Dickens||Robert Smith|
|2016–2017||Blake Morgan||Rob Clark|
Voces8 pursue music education, supported by the Voces8 Foundation. They reach up to 40,000 people a year in regular workshops and masterclasses. The group awards eight annual choral scholarships to young singers. At the annual Milton Abbey Summer School, amateur singers can work and perform with Voces8. Eight more students are supported by the Voces8 USA Foundation. The ensemble is associated to Cambridge University, holding masters programs in choral singing.
The group has recorded with Decca. They have also recorded with Signum, and their own Voces8 Records label. As part of their 15th anniversary celebrations in 2020, the group realises the project After Silence, composed of four digital EPs.
- Aces High (2010, Signum)
- Bach’s Motets, with the Senesino Players (2010)
- Brahms, Bruckner, Reger (2011)
- In The Beginning (2012)
- Christmas (2012, Signum)
- A Choral Tapestry (2012, Signum)
- Where I sleep (2014, Decca)
- Eventide (2014, Decca)
- LUX (2015, Decca)
- Winter (2016, Decca)
- Equinox (2018)
- VOCES8 EP (2019)
- Enchanted Isle (2019)
- A Capella Collection (2012, Signum) – with other groups, marking 15 years of Signum Records
- Choral Collection (2012, Signum) – same
- Early Music Collection (2012, Signum) – same
- A Purcell Collection (2014, Signum) – by Voces8, Les Inventions
- Psalms (2015, Signum) – works by Benedetto Marcello, Voces8, Les Inventions
- Ola Gjeilo (2018, Decca) – works by Ola Gjeilo, Voces8
- Home Is (2018) – by Jacob Collier, Voces8
- A Capella Songbook (2012, paperback)
- A Cappella Songbook 2 (2018, paperback)
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