VOCES8: Draw on Sweet Night

Friday 12 July, 7.30pm

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VOCES8: Draw on Sweet Night at Thaxted Festival

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Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble VOCES8’s programme will range from the Venetian Renaissance to contemporary American cross-genre work, and also celebrate the music of Gustav Holst.

A place inhabited by the moon and stars, by solitude, dreams, fears and prayers, the night has given us centuries of exquisite poetry and music. Grammy-nominated vocal ensemble VOCES8’s nocturnal programme will encompass a wide-ranging repertoire stretching from Venetian Renaissance composer Giovanni Croce to the contemporary cross-genre American Pulitzer Prize winner Caroline Shaw, and also celebrate the music of Gustav Holst.

Sacred music takes us from the end of the day into night, praying for God’s protection during sleep, and gives thanks for Christ the morning star. And just as Kerensa Briggs’s Media Vita reminds us that in the midst of life we are in death, so Arthur Sullivan’s The Long Day Closes uses the approaching night as a metaphor for the end of life. Expect also arrangements of popular swing tunes (How High the Moon), ballads, and even a musical appearance from James Bond!

The evening will include a performance of Paul Smith’s O God Beyond All Praising, using Holst’s Jupiter theme, by a choir specially trained by VOCES8 during the afternoon’s workshop session. (See previous event for details. Tickets for the workshop can be purchased when booking for this concert.)

‘VOCES8’s gorgeous sound, impeccable ensemble and intense responsiveness to text, harmony and melodic shape is all of the highest quality. Hearing them sing is a joy.’ BBC Music Magazine

This concert is sponsored by friends of Thaxted Festival who wish to remain anonymous.

Venue: Thaxted Parish Church
Tickets: £38*, £34, £30, £22, £14. Age 30 and under: £10
*Premium seating in centre front rows.

“[The Tippett Quartet] concert as part of the 2023 Thaxted Festival revealed a group of musicians of profound interpretative depth, and capable of traversing a wide range of repertoire.”
Colin Clarke, Classical Explorer
“A positively life-enhancing performance of Donizetti’s The Elixir of Love in English with reduced ensemble by Wild Arts…”
Colin Clarke, Classical Explorer
“The performance was a joy … and the quartet brought out its sense of both structural and linear perfection.” Holst’s Phantasy Quartet Op 36 performed by the Tippett Quartet.
Colin Clarke, Classical Explorer
“The Tippett Quartet and Emma Abbate have performed Schumann’s Piano Quintet together many times. On this occasion they combined flawless execution with instinctive – and utterly engaging – musicianship.”
Claire Seymour, in Seen and Heard International.
“…this was a wonderfully enjoyable and engaging performance that really punched above its weight. The audience in Thaxted clearly loved it and were fully engaged, whilst this experienced reviewer was carried away as well.”
Wild Art’s production of The Elixir of Love, reviewed by Robert Hugill in Planet Hugill
“2 terrific concerts I heard with London Mozart Players.”
Thaxted Festival concertgoer
“I think Gustav is smiling down to see how his memory and that of his best friend and colleague Ralph Vaughan Williams are honoured by the expertly played pieces they both composed.”
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