VOCES8 – Oct 22

Sunday, October 22, 2017 • 2 pm (Note: this is the fourth Sunday)

The sensational British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is one of the world’s most versatile and best-loved a cappella singing groups.

“The singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new dimension to the word ‘ensemble’ with meticulous timing and tuning.”      – Gramophone























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After booking Voces8, the group needed to change its tour dates. BECAUSE Music in the Mountains has a Friday, Oct 13 concert scheduled with the Sacramento Philharmonic and The Center for the Arts has a Sunday,Oct 15 program with Garrison Keilor, we decided it would be best for our audience to move our October date this season from the “Third Sunday” to the fourth Sunday. We apologize for any confusion.


$35 general (website purchase includes $4 online fee), Youth 5-17 free tickets are sold out for this performance





Venue – Seventh-day Adventist Church, Grass Valley (click here for directions)

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The uplifting and radiant sounds of voices in harmony

Warmth, radiance, guidance and comfort: from the pale glow of moon or starlight to the blaze of summer sun, light has always been a symbol for our most basic human needs, both physical and spiritual. In compiling the music for Light Divine, we found ourselves returning time and again to this idea of the desire for comfort being expressed through music. Composers of the Renaissance era would of course draw on sacred texts, where light is often closely linked to hope, security and salvation, and our more contemporary offerings follow in that tradition. Even those pieces which do not explicitly reference light still hint at the solace which it provides. There is for us something inherently comforting about the sound of unaccompanied voices in harmony, and if this programme shows one thing it is that composers across the ages have felt the same way.


Laudibus in Sanctis – William Byrd

A Hymn to the Virgin – Benjamin Britten

Bogoroditse Devo – Sergei Rachmaninov

In Beauty May I Walk – Jonathan Dove

Drop, Drop, Slow Tears – Orlando Gibbons

Lux Aeterna – Edward Elgar

Denn er hat eeinen Engeln befohlen über dir – Felix Mendelssohn

Ubi Caritas – Ola Gjeilo

Magnificat Primi Toni – Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina


Bourée – JS Bach arr. Ward Swingle

The Triumphs of Oriana (1601)

Lightly She Whipped O’er the Dales – John Mundy

The Nymphs and Shepherds Danced – George Marson

Hark! Did Ye Ever Hear Such Sweet Singing? – Thomas Hunt

O Waly Waly – trad. arr. Guy Turner

Underneath the Stars – Kate Rusby arr. Jim Clements

Straighten Up and Fly Right – Nat ‘King’ Cole arr. Jim Clements

The Sound of Silence – Simon and Garfunkel arr. Alexander L’Estrange



The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is now established as one of the world’s most versatile and best-loved singing groups. Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the ensemble performs a repertory from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements.

In recent seasons VOCES8 has performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Cité de la Musique Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tokyo Opera City, National Concert Hall Taipei, National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, the Shanghai Concert Hall, Tel Aviv Opera House and Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall. Artistic collaborations have included the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, period ensembles Florilegium, L’Arpeggiata and Les Inventions, violinist Hugo Ticciati, cellist Matthew Sharp, and pianist/composers Jonathan Dove and Ola Gjeilo. VOCES8 has premiered commissions from Roxanna Panufnik, Alexander Levine, Alec Roth, Ben Parry, Ola Gjeilo, Philip Stopford and Thomas Hewitt Jones. The group also performs bespoke arrangements written by Arranger in Residence, Jim Clements.

Highlights of the 2016/17 season include European performances at the Mito Festival Italy, Thüringer Bachwochen Germany, at the Paris Philharmonie and Brussels Bozar. They will also sing with L’Arpeggiata and Christina Pluhar in performances of Monteverdi’s Orfeo. They will tour the USA twice.

With an on-going programme of recordings and live broadcasts, VOCES8 is heard regularly on international television and radio, including MPR, the BBC and ClassicFM. VOCES8 is a Decca Classics Artist and with whom two albums, ‘Eventide’ and ‘Lux’, have been at the top of the Classical Charts on their release. In 2016 Decca Classics release of the music of Ola Gjeilo, which featured for many weeks in the USA Billboard charts, included performances from the group. Their next Decca Classics release is scheduled for the autumn of 2016. VOCES8 is an Ambassador for Edition Peters with whom it publishes arrangements and educational material, including the ‘VOCES8 Songbook’ and the ‘VOCES8 Method’.