Voice, the acclaimed British vocal ensemble from Oxford, England, formed in 2006. The trio explores repertoire that is diverse while being complementary: performing works by Hildegard of Bingen and other early masters; traditional songs and arrangements from around the world; and contemporary compositions. Their second album, Patterns of Love (2015) features new commissions by British composers and arrangements by the trio. Their debut album, Musical Harmony (2013) was described as ‘Fresh and really rather beautiful’ – Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio 3 Summer CD Review.
Voice has received funding from PRSF and Arts Council England to commission work and collaborate with other artists. Over the years, they have devised and commissioned a number of unique and exciting projects: The Ziggurat Builders by Marcus Davidson (2011), setting a poem by Iraqi Assyrian poet Sargon Boulus for Voice, ‘ud player Khyam Allami, and cellist Tara Franks; O Choruscans Lux Stellarum by Stevie Wishart (2012) commissioned for Women of the World Festival at the Royal Festival Hall, London; Megaphones for the Unheard (2012), a collaboration with poet, Jasmine Ann Cooray that inspired a suite of songs by four British composers exploring the voice of women through music and poetry. Voice received funing from Arts Council England to perform at APAP NYC (2013).
The trio’s latest collaborative project, funded by Arts Council England, saw the creation of five new pieces by British composers, on the theme of love. They toured the programme first in the UK (2014) at venues across the country including The Sage Gateshead, National Portrait Gallery London, and St. John the Evangelist Oxford. The new works are part of the trio’s touring programme, If Music Be the Food of Love (USA 2015/2016) described as ‘pitch-perfect’ by the Kansas City Metropolis.
Voice has also worked with early music ensemble, Dufay Collective, performing 'A Distant Mirror: Machaut, Mannerism and the Medieval Mind' at Dartington International Summer School 2013. Voice performs on the Dufay Collective’s latest release ‘I Have Set My Heart So High’ (July 2015) on AVIE Records.
Voice has performed at festivals across the UK and in Europe including: EUROPAfest, Bucharest; Night of Festivals Touring, UK-wide; Spitalfields Summer Music Festival, London; Shambala Festival, UK; and in the USA with Baylin Artists Management.
Voice returns to the USA in February 2016 and will collaborate again with cellist Matt Haimovitz. The trio performed with Haimovitz in their 2015 tour, which included the world premiere of the three winning pieces from the compositional competition for trio and cello sponsored by Oxingale Music.