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“Rolls Royce of British a cappella” Visits Fuller Hall

By Adam LouisFeb. 23, 2024

Catamount Arts and KCP Presents announce British vocal ensemble VOCES8, at St. Johnsbury Academy’s Fuller Hall, on March 4th, at 7pm.  Dubbed “the slickest of the lot,” by BBC Radio 3, VOCES8 performs a capella arrangements ranging from the Renaissance era to modern cinema, captivating audiences around the world.

Versatility, crystalline harmonies, and the shared joy of singing are hallmarks of VOCES8’s renowned performances. A celebration of diverse musical expression is central to the ensemble’s transformative entertainment and education ethos. VOCES8 performs music from film, pop, classical, and Celtic traditions, transporting audiences through a vast musical landscape of the British Isles and beyond.

Since their inception in 2005, VOCES8 has performed at prestigious venues including Wigmore Hall, Elhphilharmonie Hamburg, Cite de la Musique in Paris, Vienna Kozerthaus, Tokyo Opera City, NCPA Beijing, Sydney Opera House, Victoria Concert Hall Singapore, Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City, and countless others. New projects with Eric Whitacre, Paul Simon, and Taylor Scott Davis are currently in the works.  

VOCES8’s current U.S. tour is the subject of a new documentary series titled, “Backstage Pass.” Filmed in New York, Philadelphia, Washington and New Jersey, “Backstage Pass” captures the heart of VOCES8 and their mission to change the world through music. The pilot episode is currently available on YouTube.

VOCES8 is dedicated not only to performance but to music education. The VOCES8 Foundation, a registered charity praised by UNESCO and responsible for investing over $1M in music education in the UK alone, offers educational programs, choral scholarships, summer school, and a music education center in London. One of the only vocal ensembles in the world to run its own center for music outreach and education, VOCES8 runs workshops, master classes, concerts, and recording sessions in London’s VOCES8 Centre. 

Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom is home to hundreds of choral music students, both children and adults alike, including St. Johnsbury Academy’s Hill-Tones, the Halcyon Chorale, Newark’s beloved Balkan Chorus, as well as bands and ensembles such as Kingdom All Stars and EPIC Music. VOCES8’s St. Johnsbury performance promises a rare and inspiring opportunity for aspiring singers to see one the world’s most renowned chorale groups, creators and practitioners of the VOCES8 Method, up close and personal. Those who can’t wait are encouraged to visit VOCES8’s YouTube page to watch clips of the ensemble performing selections ranging from Lord of the Rings to Metallica to Handel. 

“The singing of VOCES8,” raves Gramophone, “is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning.”

For tickets to see VOCES8, at St. Johnsbury Academy’s Fuller Hall, March 4th, at 7pm, or to learn more about upcoming KCP Presents shows, visit www.kcppresents.org or www.catamountarts.org. Alternatively, call 802-748-2600 or visit the Catamount Arts pop-up box office in the Caplan’s Building on Railroad Street, in St. Johnsbury. 

The KCP Presents Series is produced by Catamount Arts working in association with Kingdom County Productions and supported by generous local sponsors including Passumpsic Bank, St. Johnsbury Academy, Vermont Broadcast Associates, Vermont Public, Seven Days, The Point, The Autosaver Group, and with grant funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, Vermont Arts Council, and the New England Foundation for the Arts.

By Adam LouisFeb. 23, 2024
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