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- Sophie Hutchings:
- 1Hutchings: By Night (Arr. Lawson)04:42
- Slow Meadow
- 2Slow Meadow: Helium Life Jacket (Arr. Lawson)04:23
- Jon Hopkins (b. 1979):
- 3Hopkins: Scene Suspended (Arr. Lawson)03:59
- Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson (1938 - 2013):
- 4Heyr himna smiður: Heyr himna smiður03:37
- Jóhann Jóhannsson (1969 - 2018):
- 5Jóhannsson: A Pile of Dust (Arr. Rimmer)05:14
- Kelly Lee Owens (b. 1988) & Sebastian Plano (b. 1985):
- 6Owens, Plano: Find Our Way (Arr. Clements)03:48
- Ólafur Arnalds (b. 1986):
- 7momentary: momentary (choir version)02:51
- Anne Lovett (b. 1984):
- 8Lovett: Infinity (Arr. Lawson)04:04
- Benjamin Rimmer (b. 1993):
- 9Rimmer: In the Shining Blackness05:36
- Ola Gjeilo (b. 1978):
- 10Gjeilo: Still (Arr. Lawson)02:29
- Stephen Barton (b. 1982):
- 11Barton: The Universe Within You04:02
- Nainita Desai:
- 12Desai: My Mind is Still (Arr. Lawson)05:36
- Hildur Guðnadóttir (b. 1982):
- 13Guðnadóttir: Ascent (Arr. Ames)05:05
- A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Dustin O'Halloran (b. 1971):
- 14O'Halloran: Atomos XI (Arr. Lawson)05:48
- Luke Howard (b. 1978):
- 15Howard: There Is a Solitude03:49
- Jean Sibelius (1865 - 1957):
- 16Sibelius: This Is My Song (Finlandia) (Arr. Morgan)04:22
Info for Infinity
Brand new works and covers from renowned Composers of Film, Electronic And Alternative Contemporary Classical Music; Hildur Guðnadóttir, Ólafur Arnalds, Nainita Desai and A Winged Victory For The Sullen.
Following a string of globally successful virtual festivals, VOCES8 announces a brand new album Infinity, released on 27th August on Decca Classics. This new collection of meditative and otherworldly choral recordings transcends genres and features six brand-new compositions interspersed with eight newly arranged covers from renowned composers.
In this space-inspired concept album, VOCES8 leads listeners on an introspective journey beyond our world, inviting them to escape for an hour of contemplative and calming music. The voices of VOCES8 are intermingled with ethereal strings, harp, bowed vibraphones and, in one of the new compositions, a sample of the Sputnik satellite.
Alongside ‘Scene Suspended’, the new album ‘Infinity’ features eight diverse new choral arrangements with highlights including a spine-tingling recording of Þorkell Sigurbjörnsson’s composition Heyr himna smiður, a contemporary setting of a popular 13th-century Icelandic hymn and an emotive performance of Jóhann Jóhannsson’s A Pile of Dust, which features in the original soundtrack for the 2017 biopic The Mercy, arranged here for a cappella voices by rising star composer Benjamin Rimmer. Also featured is a striking new version of multi-award-winning composer, producer and cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir’s Ascent from her 2009 album Without Sinking, arranged by conductor, producer and co-founder of the London Contemporary Orchestra, Robert Ames. Guðnadóttir’s compositions include feature films Arrival and The Revenant as well as her 2019 Academy Award-winning score for The Joker.
The collection also boasts six brand new compositions including The Universe Within You, an uplifting cinematic work from celebrated composer Stephen Barton, whose credits include original video game soundtracks for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered; There is a Solitude, a spellbinding a cappella creation by composer and pianist Luke Howard with words by Emily Dickinson; and My Mind Is Still, a soothing and uplifting piece composed by award-winning composer Nainita Desai, behind emotive soundtracks for The Reason I Jump, For Sama, American Murder: The Family Next Door.
“A perfect blend of calm contentment and soaring spirit” (The Independent)
“Radiantly beautiful” (The I Paper)
“VOCES8 are the Rolls-Royce of British a cappella ensembles” (The Arts Desk)
is one of the most exciting and versatile vocal groups in the world. The multi award-winning ensemble fulfils an international annual touring schedule across Europe, the USA, Asia and Africa. Performance venues include the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Tokyo Opera City, Tel Aviv Opera House, National Concert Hall Taipei, Cite de la Musique in Paris, Dijon Opera House, National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing and Shanghai Concert Hall. Highlights of the 2013/2014 season include an extensive European concert schedule in addition to tours to the USA, Indonesia, Korea, Dubai, Moscow, and for “La Folle Journee” in Nantes and Tokyo.
With a specialism in classical choral music, the group performs repertoire ranging from Renaissance polyphony to unique Jazz and Pop arrangements. The ensemble regularly commissions and collaborates with world-renowned contemporary composers including Ola Gjeilo, Roxanna Panufnik, Thomas Hewitt Jones, Alexander Levine and Ben Parry. VOCES8 is delighted to be in partnership with the acclaimed arranger, Jim Clements as Arranger in Residence.
With an ongoing programme of recordings and live broadcast, VOCES8 is heard regularly on international television and radio, including Deutschlandradio Kultur, ARTE TV, Radio France Musique, BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. VOCES8 has recorded a series of award-winning discs for Signum Classics, including ‘Choral Tapestry’, ‘Bach Motets’, ‘Aces High’ and ‘Christmas’. The group has major recording plans for future disc releases to be announced in the coming season. VOCES8 is also an Ambassador for Edition Peters with whom it publishes arrangements and educational material, including the ‘VOCES8 Songbook’ and the ‘VOCES8 Method’.
Outreach and Education are at the core of VOCES8’s work and the group is delighted to be the flagship performance and education ensemble of the charitable music foundation, Voces Cantabiles Music (VCM). The ensemble leads an innovative series of music education workshops reaching 20,000 people annually around the world with the aim of inspiring creativity and excellence through music. The innovative education work of VCM has received praise from UNESCO. In 2013 VCM established the Gresham Centre in partnership with the Diocese of London, a vocal Centre for Excellence at Sir Christopher Wren’s beautiful St Anne & St Agnes Church, in the City of London. VOCES8 is also resident ensemble at Bedford School, Ardingly College, The Grey Coat Hospital and Milton Abbey.
Artistic collaborations with orchestras have included the Philharmonia, London Philharmonic Orchestra and period ensemble Les Inventions. VOCES8 has received support from Arts Council England, the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the Worshipful Company of Musicians. The group is also grateful for the support of official sponsor, T.M.Lewin.
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