Voice, the British all-female a cappella trio ensemble making its U.S. debut tour this year, will perform at the Silvermine Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1.
The performance will take place in the Sara Victoria Hall Auditorium, 1037 Silvermine Road, New Canaan.
Voice explores the repertoire of Hildegard von Bingen and other early masters, world folk song arrangements and contemporary compositions. The group's distinctive sound is driven by individual voices that blend to create beautiful harmonies.
The group was featured at the 2012 Cultural Olympiad in London, followed by performances in Europe and throughout the United Kingdom, all in preparation for the U.S. tour. In 2013, it launched its debut album, "Musical Harmony," a carefully crafted selection of songs, which includes six pieces by established British composers, which the trio commissioned.
Voice regularly collaborates across all art-forms both for recording and live performance. The ensemble has been part of an acoustic installation at Shunt Lounge; performed at a former railway arch at London Bridge; at Dalston Mill, a city wheat field; for Barbican Arts, the Royal Festival Hall; and the National Portrait Gallery. Voice also has taken part in festivals in London and elsewhere in Britain.
"In a music world where genres and repertoires are readily pigeon-holed," Meurig Bowen, director, Cheltenham Music Festival, said. "Voice is refreshing for its keenness to avoid such barriers. It's really good to be able to hear Hildegard von Bingen right alongside Balkan folk tunes and fresh-off-the-page commissions, all sung with distinctiveness of style, intriguing and convincing shifts of vocal timbre, and an appealing freshness of presentation."
The members originally met in Oxford where they first started singing together as part of the Oxford Girls' Choir. Since forming Voice in 2006, Victoria Couper, Clemmie Franks and Emily Burn have performed regularly in a wide range of venues and contexts, from university colleges to medieval chapels; in collaborative dance projects; a cappella festivals; and eclectic folk nights.
Their choice of repertoire reflects the style of music they enjoy performing but they also look for music that is a bit unusual, and songs that they can make their own. Through this repertoire, they aim to keep their programs as varied as possible, and hope that people come away from their concerts having heard something new, and feeling inspired.
In 2014, Voice will tour for "Musical Harmony" in the United Kingdom and Europe, and develop new residencies and projects in the lead up to its second tour of the U.S. in February 2015.
Early purchase of tickets is encouraged. Tickets are $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers. For information or tickets, visit www.silvermineart.org or call 203-966-9700, ext. 22.