Join Paul Smith, co-founder of VOCES8 and learn some top tips and tricks for leading a secondary school a cappella group.
From vocal percussion to bass lines; harmony to getting your students to lead their own groups, this participatory session with Paul will provide you with a new arrangement by Paul and a toolkit full of things you can use with your ensembles and classes.
Join international award-winning British vocal ensemble Apollo5, celebrating their tenth anniversary, VOCES8 co-founder Paul Smith and Neil Valentine (viola) for a night of music spanning the Renaissance, Classical and Contemporary Classical genres. The concert will be based on the two album releases in 2019, O Radiant Dawn and Reflections.
Fun, free-for-all and accessible-for-all, singing is the secret to transforming and improving every aspect of school life.
This session, hosted by the VOCES8 Foundation and delivered by Paul Smith and Sing Up, is for all staff teaching in a primary-aged setting. Come and find out how you can harness the power of singing (with or without musical knowledge) and turn your school into a Singing School.
Featuring songs, ideas for routine singing activity, advice to inspire colleagues and lots of fun.
Bringing choirs together to workshop across the day
The foundation works with school choirs all across the country and we are delighted to be bringing choirs from Humberston Academy, Cleethorpes and the City of London Academy, Shoretich Park together for a day of workshops and an informal performance with Paul and our singing team.
10:30am - choirs arrive and introductions
11am to 12:30pm - workshop
12:30pm to 1:15pm - lunch break
1:15pm to 2:15pm - workshop
2:15pm to 2:45pm - break
2:45pm to 3:45pm - workshop and informal concert
Guests are welcome to attend part or all of the day.
The VOCES8 Foundation ensembles combine with the Academy of Ancient Music for a performance of Handel’s oratorical showpiece.
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Artistic Director Barnaby Smith directs the combined forces of VOCES8, VOCES8 Scholars, Apollo5 and the Academy of Ancient Music in a spirited performance of Handel’s oratorio masterpiece.
“[Handel] would surely have delighted in the bristling, youthful economy and grace of a small-scale performance last week by Voces8 … all conducted with infectious energy by Barnaby Smith. With the Academy of Ancient Music providing fiery orchestral colour, this Messiah rocked along with breathtaking fervour, but left space for contemplation too.”
The next generation of solo and choral stars
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Come and hear the next generation of solo and choral stars in a relaxed evening with VOCES8 Foundation Associate Artist Sam Dressel and the VOCES8 Scholars. Music by Britten, Purcell, Byrd and Dowland for tenor, guitar and vocal ensemble.
Acclaimed choral ensemble Stile Antico produce a candlelit performance of arguably the finest work of the Spanish Renaissance.
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Tomas Luis da Victoria’s intense settings of the Tenebrae Responsories provide an unrivalled glimpse into the Catholic liturgy at the height of the church year. The emotionally charged motets follow the story of Christ’s passion from his betrayal to his burial, displaying a composer at the height of his powers.
CHORAL CONDUCTING WORKSHOP with Barnaby Smith, Artistic Director of VOCES8
As Director of the internationally renowned vocal ensemble VOCES8, Barnaby Smith is in demand as a conductor, choir trainer, counter-tenor and arranger. With a schedule that takes him around the world, Barnaby is highly regarded for his interpretation in the Choral, Baroque, Classical and Film genres. Recent repertoire highlights include Purcell: Dido and Aeneas, Handel: Messiah, Dixit Dominus and Coronation Anthems, Bach: Magnificat in D and St John Passion, Haydn: Creation, Mozart: Requiem and Symphony no. 40.
Participants will work with Barnaby and the eight VOCES8 Scholars.
• for conductors who wish to gain further technical expertise and knowledge
• the workshop will cover interpretation, gesture, choral technique and rehearsal technique
• 30 minutes individual tuition time per participant
• each participant will have 30 minutes to work with Barnaby and the ensemble
• observer places are available
30% student discounts are available for both participants and observers. Use the code "STUDENT" when purchasing a ticket. We will require purchasers to produce Student ID upon arrival should a discount code have been used.
A world premiere performance of a new work created for VOCES8 and the London Contemporary Orchestra.
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A world premiere performance of a new work created for VOCES8 and the London Contemporary Orchestra, working with students from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and inspired by the renowned multi-disciplinary artist Luke Jerram. The concert will be created and directed by Paul and Barnaby Smith and will feature the launch of a new sound installation designed to stay in the VOCES8 Centre for a month after the concert.
VOCES8 are joined by students from Harrisonburg, Virginia, and the City of London Academies
VOCES8 first met the Eastern Mennonite High School Touring Choir in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 2010. Since then they have visited them annually, and in June 2018 EMHS made their first visit to London. They now return to the UK as part of their summer tour and will spend the day working with VOCES8 alongside students from City of London Academies, sharing music and friendship.
Join us for an evening performance at the VOCES8 Centre when all three groups will present their own music, as well as pieces they have worked on collectively during the day.
The Eastern Mennonite High School Touring Choir, from Harrisonburg, Virginia, is an auditioned ensemble of approximately forty students in 11th and 12th grades. The choir’s program includes repertoire from the classical and contemporary sacred literature as well as songs from a wide variety of other traditions and styles. Choir members seek to sing in a way that transcends mere performance, with a spiritual connection to God, the music, each other, and the audience. The choir is founded on the belief that choral artistic excellence and worship strengthen and reinforce each other. Eastern Mennonite School was founded over a century ago with vocal music in worship as one of its foundational values, and we are glad for the gift of this musical heritage.
The Touring Choir sings between twenty and thirty local concerts and church programs each spring (March- May) in addition to an annual out-of-state tour. The choir also tours Europe during the summer of alternating years -- recent trips have included programs in England, Scotland, The Netherlands, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland.
Join VOCES8 for their 15th Anniversary celebration concert
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The programme will include some of the ensemble’s best loved repertoire and arrangements as well as providing a chance to celebrate in their annual end of season concert along with some special guests.