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A Cappella Harmonies at Cultural Center

Voice: The Acclaimed British A Cappella Trio
7:30 p.m., Thursday, November 7

Tickets on sale now: $25 adult, www.Lakewood.org/Tickets, 303-987-7845 or at the Box Office

Voice, the acclaimed British female a cappella trio from Oxford, England, performs secular and non secular music driven by individual voices that blend to create beautiful harmonies.

Formed in 2006, Voice performs the medieval music of Hildegard of Bingen, 21st century commissions and folk songs from around the world. Voice’s choice of repertoire reflects the style of music the members most enjoy performing, but they also look for music that is a bit unusual and songs that the members can make their own.

Victoria Couper, Clemmie Franks and Emily Burn met in Oxford where they first started singing together as part of the Oxford Girls’ Choir with musical director Richard Vendome. There, they were given the opportunity to work with excellent coaches in many different areas of music including Stevie Wishart, who introduced not only the medieval music of Hildegard of Bingen but her own contemporary compositions too.

Voice is a regular collaborator with composers, musicians, artists, and poets. Over the years, the group has devised and commissioned a number of unique and exciting projects. In 2011, it received PRS for Music Foundation support for a composition by Marcus Davidson titled “The Ziggurat Builders,” based on a poem by Iraqi Assyrian poet Sargon Boulus. This project also involved oud player Khyam Allami and cellist Tara Franks. In 2012, Voice worked with composer Stevie Wishart as part of the WOW Festival (Women of the World) at the Royal Festival Hall, where the group performed her new piece “O Choruscans Lux Stellarum,” with the Voicelab choir, directed by Mary King.


Recently, Voice made its debut performance in Bucharest as part of EUROPAfest, in Brussels and in the U.S. The group toured the U.K. with a project called Megaphones for the Unheard. The project explored the voice of women through music and poetry and was a collaboration with poet Jamsine Ann Cooray and four British composers commissioned by Voice to create a suite of songs inspired by the theme. Voice also worked with early music instrumental ensemble Dufay Collective, performing “A Distant Mirror: Machaut, Mannerism and the Medieval Mind” at Dartington International Summer School 2013.

In 2013, the group launched its debut album “Musical Harmony,” a carefully crafted selection of songs defining Voice's distinctive sound that includes six commissioned pieces by established British composers. More information is available at www.voicetrio.co.uk.

Tickets are $25 and are available at 303-987-7845, www.Lakewood.org/Tickets or the Lakewood Cultural Center Box Office, 470 S. Allison Parkway (Wadsworth and West Alameda Avenue). Student, senior and group discounts are available. Ample, free parking.

The 2013-2014 Lakewood Cultural Center Presents season is generously supported by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), with appreciation to the citizens of the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District, 5280 Magazine and the Denver Post Community, improving and enriching the lives of those in our community.

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Posted on: Wednesday, October 16, 2013