St Peter's Church, Shaldon
Bridge Road
TQ14 0DB
United Kingdom
Type: Concert
Date: Thursday 21 June 2018
Start Time: 7.30pm
End Time: Approximately 9.30pm
Performer(s): VOCES8
Host Organisation: Shaldon Festival
Box Office Contact: Malcolm Watson
Box Office Email: tickets@shaldonfestival.co.uk

Ticket Information: Adults £15, students £5 Free tickets if under 17 and accompanied by an adult Detailed booking information can be found under the 'Book Tickets' heading of this website.

Andrea Halsey soprano
Eleonore Cockerham soprano
Chris Wardle countertenor
Barnaby Smith countertenor
Sam Dressel tenor
Blake Morgan tenor
Rob Clark baritone
Jonathan Pacey bass

Programme: Choral Dances

Joseph Lieber, Joseph Mein – HIERONYMOUS PRAETORIUS

Choral Dances from Gloriana – BENJAMIN BRITTEN
1 Time
2 Concord
3 Time and Concord
4 Country Girls
5 Rustics and Fishermen
6 Final Dance of Homage

In Beauty May I Walk – JONATHAN DOVE

Hymn to Saint Cecilia – BENJAMIN BRITTEN


Boureé – JS BACH arranged by Ward Swingle

The Triumphs of Oriana (1601)
Lightly She Whipped O’er the Dales – JOHN MUNDY
Hark! Did Ye Ever Hear Such Sweet Singing? – THOMAS HUNT

Straighten Up and Fly Right – NAT ‘KING’ COLE arranged by Jim Clements
Homeward Bound – SIMON AND GARFUNKEL arranged by Naomi Crellin
Moondance – VAN MORRISON arranged by Alexander L’Estrange

Sway – LUIS DEMETRIO and PABLO BELTRÁN RUIZ arranged by Alexander L’Estrange
Mack the Knife – KURT WEILL arranged by Jim Clements
It Don’t Mean a Thing – DUKE ELLINGTON arranged by Ben Parry


2018 REVIEW by David Batty
What a busy group VOCES8 appear to be! On the two nights immediately prior to their concert on 21 June in Shaldon they were performing in Stockholm. However, nothing ventured, nothing gained, and VOCES8 arrived in time both to lead a workshop with pupils of Teignmouth Community School and then in front of a sell-out audience perform an enthusiastically received vocal concert to open the 2018 Shaldon Festival, bringing back memories of their 2015 Festival appearance.

The variety of their venues matches the attractive content of a VOCES8 concert. For Shaldon they presented a first half under the general theme of 'Choral Dances'. The repertoire took us from Praetorius to Benjamin Britten and Jonathan Dove, with a diversion to Rachmaninov, and demonstrated VOCES8's many talents. For instance, great rhythmic accuracy was evident in 'Time and Concord' from Britten's 'Choral Dances' (from his opera Gloriana), sheer beauty of sound in the same composer's Hymn to Saint Cecilia, and a lovely lilt to the lullaby to the infant Jesus by Praetorius. Balance between the eight voices was finely judged, though perhaps the lower voices could have made more of the great fortissimo outburst towards the end of Rachmaninov's 'Bogoroditse Devo' (from his Vespers). We were glad to hear In Beauty May I Walk written for VOCES8 by their composer-in residence, Jonathan Dove, who clearly captured the vocal group's myriad qualities; and was there a reminder of Britten in the writing?

The second half of the concert opened with the fruits of the workshop with the Teignmouth Community School. Both pupils and VOCES8 had great fun with an arrangement of Price Tag by Jessie J, music immediately appealing to the young people in the choir and ideal material for VOCES8 to coach them in areas of accuracy, rhythm and, let's say it, sheer enjoyment in singing. (Let's hope the experience will encourage more boys to join the choir!)

A typical Swingle Singers arrangement of a Bach Boureé and delightful performances of two Elizabethan madrigals led to a set of close harmony arrangements of jazz and other vocal classics to end the concert. VOCES8 uses well rehearsed choreography to bring life and vigour to this repertoire and they really succeeded in 'wowing' the audience, though not all was busy action – the attractive arrangement of Simon and Garfunkel's Homeward Bound was quietly evocative.

The members of VOCES8 had to leave Shaldon pretty smartly after the concert but not before sending a happy audience home with an encore, a Van Heusen/Cahn classic, Ain't that a Kick in the Head. Altogether a great start to the 2018 Festival!

The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is proud to inspire people through music and share the joy of singing. Touring extensively throughout Europe, North America and Asia, the group performs repertoire from Renaissance polyphony to contemporary commissions and arrangements; versatility and a celebration of diverse musical expression is central to the ensemble's performance ethos.

VOCES8 has performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Albert Hall, Bridgewater Hall Manchester, Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, Cité de la Musique Paris, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tokyo Opera City, National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, Shanghai Concert Hall and Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall. Artistic collaborators have included the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, period ensembles Florilegium, L'Arpeggiata and La Folia Barockorchester, and violinist/artistic director Hugo Ticciati. This season they will perform with baroque violinist Rachel Podger with a new innovative project called Guardian Angel. In the 2017/18 Season the ensemble will be touring Europe extensively, returning to Russia, and making three tours to the USA; they will also make debut tours to Singapore and Mexico.

With an on-going programme of recordings and live broadcasts, VOCES8 is heard regularly on international television and radio. The ensemble is a Decca Classics artist and has released acclaimed recordings that have been at the top of the classical charts. 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.

The ensemble welcomed one of the most celebrated contemporary composers, Jonathan Dove, as Composer in Residence for two seasons from September 2017. As well as a commission planned for 2019 (Jonathan's 60th birthday year), the associateship will provide mentoring opportunities to emerging composers linked with the group's education programme.

VOCES8 is passionate about music education and is the flagship ensemble of the music charity VCM Foundation. Engaging in a broad range of outreach work that reaches up to 40,000 people a year, the group also runs an annual programme of workshops and masterclasses at the Foundation's home in London, the Gresham Centre at St Anne & St Agnes Church. The ensemble is dedicated to supporting promising young singers and awards eight annual choral scholarships through the VOCES8 Scholars initiative. These scholarships are linked to the annual Milton Abbey Summer School at which amateur singers of all ages are invited to work and perform with VOCES8. International education partnerships include Bozar Brussels, Paris Philharmonie, Vienna Konzerthaus and Heidelberg Frühling.

As official Ambassadors for Edition Peters, the ensemble has published a collection of Songbooks and educational material including the VOCES8 Method. Developed by Paul Smith, Co-Founder of VOCES8, this unique teaching tool is available in four languages and adopts music to enhance development in numeracy, literacy and linguistics.

VOCES8 is very grateful for support from Arts Council England, the Merchant Taylors' Company, the Worshipful Company of Plaisterers, Holman Fenwick Willan and T.M.Lewin.

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Parking Map for St Peter's Church, Shaldon


St Peter’s Church, Bridge Road, Shaldon, TQ14 0DB


1. Long Stay Public Carpark ½ mile from the church, reached through the village or off the A379 coast road to Torquay, postcode TQ14 0HP – 381 spaces, “pay & display” during the day but free after 6.00pm. Allow 15 minutes for the blue walking route shown.
2. Short Stay Public Carpark, opposite the church, postcode TQ14 0BP – 48 spaces, “pay & display” subject to a short stay 4 hour limit during the day but free after 6.00pm.
3. Extra parking – limited space adjoining the recreation ground reached from Ringmore Road but with easy pedestrian access to the Church along the estuary embankment. If using this area, please park “tidily” to maximise the usable space; this area is only available for parking as a special arrangement for the Festival.


Please telephone Malcolm Watson on 01626 873492 if you need help with letting someone alight at the church and/or need seating space for a wheelchair. In addition, there are a very few parking spaces close to the church which we can reserve for those with mobility difficulties on a first come, first served, basis.