St Peter's Church, Shaldon
Bridge Road
TQ14 0DB
United Kingdom
Type: Concert
Date: Thursday 18 June 2015
Start Time: 7.30pm
Performer(s): VOCES8
Host Organisation: Shaldon Festival
Box Office Contact: Malcolm Watson
Box Office Email: tickets@shaldonfestival.co.uk



Haec Dies – William Byrd
Die Himmel erzählen die Ihre Gottes – Heinrich Schutz
Straighten Up and Fly Right – Nat King Cole and Irving Mills
I’ve Got the World on a String – Harold Arlen arr. Jim Clements
The Luckiest – Ben Folds arr. Jim Clements
Mother of God Here I Stand – John Tavener
Bogoroditse Devo – Sergei Rachmaninov
Jubilate Deo – Giovanni Gabrieli


Skyfall - Adele Adkins and Paul Epworth
Ubi Caritas – Ola Gjeilo
Were You There – Trad. Spiritual arr. Bob Chilcott
Underneath the Stars – Kate Rusby arr. Jim Clements
Il Est Bel et Bon – Pierre Passereau
Fire! Fire! – Thomas Morley
Ain’t That a Kick in the Head - Jimmy Van Heusen
Mrs Robinson - Simon and Garfunkel
I Won’t Dance – Jerome Kern arr. Jim Clements
It Don’t Mean a Thing – Duke Ellington arr. Ben Parry


The arrival of the superb vocal octet VOCES8 was anticipated with great excitement by many, especially as they were not only to give a performance of their ‘LUX’ programme, (recently released as their second CD) but also to run a children’s workshop in the afternoon.

No-one was disappointed! The workshop was a great success as 50 children from Shaldon Primary school and Teignmouth Community College learnt how to warm up not only their voices but also their bodies and their brains – in a really fun way! All of the octet led sections of this and developed quickly a strong rapport with the children. The children also rehearsed their parts in the chorus of the Adele song ‘Skyfall’ which was added into the evening programme.

The evening began with a beautifully blended and lively performance of Byrd’s ‘Haec Dies’ followed by Schutz’s powerful ‘Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes’ with its imitative sections contrasting with the block chords sounding like brass instruments.

A change of programme here brought us ‘Straighten Up and Fly Right’, a Nat King Cole song with delicious harmonies and some elegant movement too. Harold Arlen’s ‘I’ve Got the World on a String’ with slick singing and movement came next and then ‘The Luckiest’ by Ben Folds in a beautiful and moving arrangement by Jim Clements.

Tavener’s ‘Mother of God Here I Stand’ was powerfully spiritual and the Rachmaninov ‘Bogoroditse Devo’ from his All-Night Vigil elicited a long held silence from the audience before applause seemed appropriate.

The first half ended with Giovanni Gabrielli’s ‘Jubilate Deo’, a wonderfully rousing piece with antiphonal sections and a resonating final chord.

‘Skyfall’ followed the interval and the children performed with confidence and obvious enjoyment, greatly encourage by their trainers. ‘Ubi Caritas’ by Gjeilo was fresh sounding and moved us from a melancholy mood to major resolution at the end. A lovely arrangement of the spiritual ‘Were you there’ and Kate Rusby’s ‘Underneath the Stars’ came next and then we were taken back to the 16th century for ‘Il est Bel et Bon’ by Passerau, amusingly explained and performed, and Morley’s Fire! Fire!.

‘Ain’t That a Kick in the Head’, a lovely slick smooth jazz number, complete with a resonant vocal bass and hi-hat, was our next treat, followed by the Simon and Garfunkel favourite ‘Mrs Robinson’. All too quickly the last two numbers, ‘I won’t dance’ (Jerome Kern) and ‘It don’t mean a thing’ (Duke Ellington) brought this wonderfully varied and entertaining concert to an end.

What a superbly talented group VOCES8 are, with the ability to sing equally well in any style, and to choreograph their performances with great skill and attention to detail (including matching shoes!), where appropriate. They are consummate artists, engaging teachers and hugely entertaining performers, and showed us all that music is music, whatever the genre. We loved it all!

Kate Hill-Art 22/6/15

“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

The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is now established as one of the most versatile and best-loved singing groups in the world. 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, Cite de la Musique Paris, Tokyo Opera City, National Concert Hall Taipei, National Centre for the Performing Arts Beijing, Shanghai Concert Hall, Tel Aviv Opera House and Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall. Highlights of the 2014/2015 season include performances at Bozar Brussels, Lund Festival, Berliner Dom, Hamburg Laeiszhalle, Canterbury Festival, 3 Choirs Festival, Moscow International House of Music, the ACDA National Convention in Salt Lake City, return visits to Tokyo Opera City, Wigmore Hall, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, La Folle Journée France, and a debut tour of Canada.

Artistic collaborations have included the Philharmonia Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, period ensemble Les Inventions, violinist Hugo Ticciati and cellist Matthew Sharp. The group is delighted to commission renowned contemporary composers including Ola Gjeilo, Roxanna Panufnik, Alexander Levine, Eriks Esenvalds and Ben Parry, alongside Jim Clements as the ensemble’s Arranger in Residence.

With an ongoing programme of recordings and live broadcast, VOCES8 is heard regularly on international television and radio, including MPR, the BBC and Classic FM. VOCES8 is a Decca Classics Artist and will release its second album, 'Lux' this season. The debut album, ‘Eventide’, went straight to the top of the Classical Charts on its release. The ensemble has also recorded a series of award-winning discs for Signum Classics, with ‘A Purcell Collection’ released most recently in April 2014 (BBC Music Magazine Critics Choice). In 2013, the ensemble was nominated for seven CARA Awards, winning in the categories for Best Classical Album and Best Classical Song. VOCES8 is an Ambassador for Edition Peters with whom it publishes arrangements and educational material, including the ‘VOCES8 Songbook’ and the ‘VOCES8 Method’.

As the flagship ensemble of the charitable music foundation Voces Cantabiles Music (VCM), VOCES8 has an enviable reputation for its education work. The ensemble leads an innovative series of music education workshops reaching 20,000 people annually around the world with the aim of inspiring creativity and excellence through music. The innovative education work of VCM has received praise from UNESCO and since 2005 has raised £1 million towards music education in the UK. In 2013 VCM established the Gresham Centre in partnership with the Diocese of London, a vocal Centre for Excellence at Sir Christopher Wren’s beautiful St Anne & St Agnes Church in the City of London. This season VOCES8 continues as resident ensemble at Bedford School, Ardingly College, Bradfield College and The Grey Coat Hospital, and begins a new relationship with Birmingham University. It also leads the Milton Abbey Summer School.

VOCES8 has received support from Arts Council England, the Musicians Benevolent Fund and the Worshipful Company of Musicians. The group is also grateful for the support of official sponsor, T.M.Lewin.

Critics have showered VOCES8 with praise, celebrating their “radiant” and “luminous” sound, “imaginative theatricality” and spotlighting their “impressive stage presence”.
“The slickest of the lot...fans of a cappella ought to hear this.” CD Review, BBC Radio 3

“Eight beautifully integrated solo voices… Every number here has something particularly arresting within it, all supported by persuasive and committed singing.” BBC Music Magazine Choral and Song Choice, A Purcell Collection

For VOCES8 website click HERE

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.