One of Britain's most exciting and versatile vocal ensembles, VOCES8, makes their debut on Decca/Universal Music Classics with the release of Eventide, available June 24, 2014. VOCES8 features eight young singers who form one perfect sound while adding a contemporary edge on their new album with original arrangements from plainchant to Paul Mealor and from Saving Private Ryan to Emeli Sandé.
Eventide showcases the ensemble's perfectly-blended voices interwoven with haunting melodies for solo cello, harp and saxophone and provides an immersive sonic experience which will soothe, beguile and inspire. Evoking the spirit of Jan Garbarek and the Hilliard Ensemble, VOCES8 and saxophonist Christian Forshaw create their own captivating sound world with arrangements of the ancient Latin hymn Te lucis ante terminum and Tallis's setting of the same text.
The album's track list encompasses everything from medieval plainsong to an uplifting transcription of John Williams's Hymn to the Fallen from the Grammy Award®-winning soundtrack to Saving Private Ryan. Also included are exquisite never-before heard arrangements of Emeli Sandé's Where I sleep and Second Eve by rising star Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, as well as Morten Lauridsen's sublime O magnum mysterium and recent scores by Eric Whitacre and Royal Wedding composer Paul Mealor.
VOCES8 travels extensively each year to lead workshops and conduct education initiatives at over 200 schools in the UK, France, Sweden, and U.S., extending their reach far beyond the classical concert hall and bringing them into direct contact with around 20,000 young people annually.