Outreach and Education are at the core of VOCES8′s work and the group is delighted to be the flagship performance and education ensemble of the charitable music foundation, Voces Cantabiles Music (VCM). The ensemble leads an innovative series of music education workshops reaching 20,000 people annually around the world with the aim of inspiring creativity through music.
The innovative education work of VCM has received praise from UNESCO and deliverers of music education worldwide. In 2013, VCM established the Gresham Centre in partnership with the Diocese of London, a vocal centre for excellence and outreach at Sir Christopher Wren’s beautiful City Church of St Anne & St Agnus. VOCES8 is resident ensemble at Ardingly College, Bedford School, Bradfield College, the John Lyon School, The Grey Coat Foundation and the Milton Abbey International Summer School. In 2013-14, VOCES8 is working with Aldeburgh Music on the Britten Friday Afternoons project, and the group also works regularly in Music Hubs across the UK.
In 2013, a new book was published by Edition Peters entitled ‘The VOCES8 Method‘. Designed as an innovative new system to enhance neurological development and based on research by the Institute of Education, it contains group activities centred on rhythm and melody. These exercises are intended to develop key learning skills and improve students’ academic learning processes across all subjects. The VOCES8 Method has been piloted with 100 schools in the UK and France in 2013 and was launched at the ABCD Conference in August 2013.