Distinguished Artists: Voces8
March 8, 2013 | 07:30 PM to 08:30 PM
International award-winning octet, VOCES8, will be preforming at Houghton College on Friday, March 8, 2013 at 7:30 PM in Wesley Chapel as part of the Greatbatch School of Music’s, Distinguished Artist Series. Tickets for the performance are $15 for General Admission, $7.50 for non-Houghton College students, and free for Houghton College students.
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 color.
‘The slickest of the lot…two parts King’s Singers, three parts Swingle Singers, a dash of Bobby McFerrinn and California sunshine…,” - Andrew McGregor of BBC Radio 3.
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 is made up of nine members all with highly acclaimed and prestigious accomplishments.
DingleYandell is a founding member of VOCES8, and greatly enjoys touring all over the world as part of the job. Perhaps most memorably, Dingle performed as a soloist with the Orchestra of Opera North, and under the baton of John Wilson.
Paul Smith baritone has made him the perfect choice for VOCES8′s early repertoire. An experienced performer in jazz and music theatre, Smith leads the Hatch My Ideas initiative run by Voces Cantabiles Music. Visit www.hatchmyideas.co.uk for more information.
Robert Smith, organist and singer. He is currently studying under Dame Gillian Weir and Peter Wright.
Charles MacDougallis a founder-member of VOCES8 and is known for his passion and energy.
Barnaby Smith co-founded Voces Cantabiles Music with his brother Paul, and is Artistic Director of the foundation. Smith has appeared world-wide, including performances working with Mazaaki Suzuki, the Orchestra of Opera North, and Il Virtuosi Delle Muse under the baton of Stefano Molardi.
Chris Wardle began singing as a chorister in Crowborough, East Sussex . As a boy treble he was a finalist in the National Choirboy of the Year competition. Later he studied music at Exeter University while singing as a countertenor choral scholar in Exeter Cathedral Choir.
Andrea Haines began her career with VOCES8 fresh from graduating with a music degree from Cardiff University. Haines has received high praise from audiences around the globe for her clarity of tone and sheer beauty of vocal color.
Emily Dickens was a choral scholar under Stephen Layton at Trinity College, Cambridge. Having been a founder member of the Winchester Cathedral Girl’s Choir, Emily’s choral experience is vast. She also enjoyed many solo performances whilst at Cambridge, singing repertoire of the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras and most notably appearing live on BBC Radio 3.
VOCES8 has travelled to four continents introducing audiences to VOCES8′ ninth member’ Jim Clements. Clements has been writing for VOCES8 ever since the group was formed. After his initial arrangements, namely ‘Mack the Knife’ and ‘Maria’ were such massive hits, Jim has gone on to arrange over thirty songs for VOCES8.
Acclaimed music critic David Sonin had this to say about the group in July 2006. "To hear Voces8 is an aural experience for their crisp intonation, sensitive attention to phrasing and the ability to produce a sound that spans the entire range of vocal color."
Voces8 has played a significant role promoting music education around the world. Hatch My Ideas believes in the importance of music and its unifying power and aims to inspire young people, schools and communities as a whole. Through this program, Voces8 offers youth choir opportunities with chances at concerts, tours, scholarships and recording opportunities.