Vocal group to hit high note at festival

Voces8 (edit)
Voces8 (edit)

From London via Korea and Germany to St Andrews vocal group Voces8 will arrive well-travelled for their headline performance at the St Andrews Voices festival.

Described by Gramophone magazine as “bringing a new dimension to the word ensemble”, globetrotting a cappella group Voces8 will take up residence in St Andrews as one of the headline acts during this year’s St Andrews Voices Festival.

The British group, recently signed by top record label Decca, will mix education work with memorable performances.

Kicking off their appearances, Voces8’s first concert will be a late-night event at All Saints’ Episcopal Church on Friday, October 23, beginning at 10pm.

Entitled ‘Lux: Devotions by Candlelight’, the programme will feature early polyphony by Tallis, Praetorius and William Byrd as well as classics by Stanford and Walford Davies and more recent compositions by Sir John Tavener.

The programme will also feature the world premiere performance of a St Andrews Voices commission; a setting of the Ave Maris Stella by hugely popular choral composer Philip Stopford.

Tickets for this event are strictly limited and are already selling fast!

The group will also feature in an a cappella showcase concert at the Younger Hall, at 3pm on Saturday, October 24, where they will perform alongside St Andrews’ own legendary a cappella ensembles The Other Guys and The Alleycats.

The two home groups will be appearing together on stage for the first time.

An eclectic concert for all the family, the programme will include everything from 16th century Venetian master Gabrieli to arrangements of songs by Duke Ellington, Nat ‘King’ Cole and Jerome Kern, concluding with a combined performance by all three groups of Adele’s smash hit ‘Skyfall’.

Demand for this concert is expected to be very high and therefore advance booking is highly recommended.

Voces8 are also renowned for their coaching and educative work, which has received praise from UNESCO and this will be featured in a free event in St Leonard’s School Hall on Thursday, October 22 at 7pm.

During this workshop, which will be led by composer Philip Stopford via Skype from New York, the group will perform new compositions submitted in response to a joint Call for Scores issued by St Andrews Voices and the University of St Andrews Music Centre.

Tickets for events during St Andrews Voices, Scotland’s Festival of Vocal and Choral Music, are now on sale from the Byre Box Office, 01334 475000.

For full details of all festival events, visit www.standrewsvoices.com