British ensemble VOCES8 takes a cappella chamber singing to a new level. Called “impeccable” (Gramophone) and “slickest of the lot” (BBC Radio 3), the 8-voice ensemble performs everything from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions. On Sunday, March 4 at 3PM, the acclaimed group will come to Philadelphia as part of LiveConnections’ “Season of Community Collaboration” at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut Street).
“VOCES8 is one of the most compelling groups I have ever heard live,” said Mary Javian, Concert Curator for the LiveConnections Presents series. “The founders trained at Westminster Abbey and come from a choral tradition that is centuries old, yet the group has a delightfully fresh take on music from the past and present.”
This concert kicks off a two-year LiveConnections initiative called “A Song Everyone Can Sing,” focused on accessibility and inclusion through singing. VOCES8 will be joined by choirs from C.W. Henry School, a public school in Mount Airy; Our Lady of Confidence Day School, which serves students ages 15-21 with intellectual disabilities; and Germantown Recovery Community, which serves individuals receiving therapeutic, mental health and recovery services. The three community choirs participated in workshops with VOCES8 co-founder Paul Smith in the fall. Smith’s has innovative “VOCES8 Method” uses rhythm and sound to enhance literacy and numeracy, and is designed to accommodate a wide range of ages and abilities. Smith returns this winter to conduct follow-up workshops in preparation for the performance. VOCES8 will also present two LiveConnections Bridge Sessions for 250 students from public schools on March 5, 2018.
“These concerts blur the line between audiences and performers,” said Javian. “At LiveConnections we believe the communities we work with, including youth from public schools and individuals with disabilities, are all potential collaborators.”
Tickets ($20/$10 for students) are currently on sale at liveconnections.org.