|Roxanna Panufnik||O Hearken|
|Vaughan Williams||3 Shakespeare Songs (new arrangement with strings)|
|Charles Villiers Stanford||The Bluebird (new arrangement with strings)|
|Paul Smith||Distant Earth Renewal|
|Vaughan Williams arr. Paul Drayton||The Lark Ascending (for voices, strings and solo violin)|
|Ola Gjeilo||Sacred Heart|
|Caroline Shaw||And the Swallow (new arrangement with violin)|
|Christopher Tin||Suite from The Lost Birds|
|Taylor Scott Davis||Et Misericordia (new arrangement for solo violin and strings)|
|Samuel Barber||Agnus Dei (new arrangement with strings)|
The 150th anniversary of the birth of Ralph Vaughan Williams is celebrated with the iconic The Lark Ascending as well as his 3 Shakespeare Songs. Stanford’s famous The Bluebird is included, as are works from VOCES8’s current composer-in-residence Roxanna Panufnik, Jonathan Dove and Paul Smith. Bridging the Atlantic are works for voices and strings by some of the USA’s most exciting composers: Ola Gjeilo, Caroline Shaw, Eric Whitacre, Taylor Scott Davis and Samuel Barber whose cherished Agnus Dei / Adagio for Strings will be performed in a new version.
The cherry on top is a suite of movements from the group’s new Decca Classics album release The Lost Birds by Christopher Tin, completing the sound-world for what promises to be a very special concert.
VOCES8 and Jack Liebeck performing Vaughan Williams’ The Lark Ascending, in an arrangement by Paul Drayton: