The ensemble is delighted to have established The VOCES8 Scholars. First set-up in 2015, the scheme consists of eight choral scholarships available to young singers looking to gain valuable experience and contacts within the industry at the start of their careers. It provides a unique perspective and training across various different skills, including performing, recording and workshop leading, all led by the members of VOCES8.
The VOCES8 Scholars programme was established in 2015 as a training opportunity for young singers at the beginning of their professional careers. As part of their artistic development as performers, they receive coaching on a wide range of choral and solo repertoire from members of VOCES8 and from guest artists. The Scholars are also invited to observe and participate in our innovative educational programme, and learn to use the unique teaching tool The VOCES8 Method.
The main element of the Scholars programme takes place at the Milton Abbey International Festival and Summer School, the annual singing course for amateur singers led by VOCES8. During this week, the Scholars will have the opportunity to form a scholars·ensemble to prepare several a cappella items for public performance, and will receive coaching from members of VOCES8 and other visiting artists. They will also be able to observe our education work and to assist the amateur singers by acting as section leaders. Highlights of the 2017 course will include a concert of Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers with VOCES8 led by Patrick Ayrton, a gala concert with all course members of Bach's Magnificat and Handel Coronation Anthems, and a solo masterclass with Mary Bevan.
Several previous Scholars have performed step-out solos alongside members of VOCES8 at important concerts, including Dido and Aeneas with L'Arpeggiata at Utrecht Early Music Festival, Handel's Dixit Dominus at the VCM Foundation Gala Concert and during the week of the VOCES8 Summer School at Milton Abbey. The position may also lead to ongoing professional development and paid singing engagements from VOCES8 and the VCM Foundation.
Rehearsals and masterclasses are held at our home of education, the Gresham Centre.
VOCES8 Scholars 2017-2018
Laurel Neighbour, Lizzy Humphries, Laura Lopes, Katie Jeffries-Harris, Jacob Ewens, Gareth Thomas, Joseph Chalmers and Harry Jacques
VOCES8 Scholars 2016-2017
Stephen Ash, Isobel Chesman, Tim Emberson, Bethany Horak-Hallett, Emily Owen, Jamie Sperling, Avalon Summerfield, David Whitworth and Christopher Willoughby
VOCES8 Scholars 2015-2016
Lizzie Adams, Alice Beverley, Tim Emberson, Kirsty Hobkirk, Tom Motley, David Whitworth and Ryan Williams