Stunning Performances At The VOCES8 Foundation Schools’ Concert
Friday 22nd April 2016
During the afternoon, on Thursday 21 April, Queen Anne’s VOCES8 group travelled to London for their annual concert with the other Foundation schools at St Peter’s, Eaton Square. Six months of work had gone into preparing for this event, with Andrea Haines and Jonathan Pacey from the world-renowned vocal group regularly visiting the school to lend their expert advice to our girls.
At the evening recital, Queen Anne’s performed second. Their opening song was James Whitbourn’s “Alleluia Jubilate” which they used to great effect to demonstrate their vast dynamic range and their command of some fairly complex syncopations. It was a perfect choice of programming as it brought home the fact that the girls’ ‘day-job’ is singing religious music in the other school choirs. Their vigour and enjoyment captured the spirited nature of the text.
The second piece of work was a tremendous acapella arrangement by the group’s very own Emily Heath of “I Need Your Love” by Ellie Goulding. This contrasted hugely with the first piece and once again the girls did themselves proud. The choreography was superb and their overall mastery of different vocal styles within the piece provided an aural spectacle which is extremely unusual in school ensembles. They were met with rapturous applause from the assembled mass of parents and special guests.
The concert concluded with two joint choral performances from all the Foundation schools, including a London premiere of Ronald Corp’s “Essex Posy”. Special thanks must go to Mr Padley and Mr Giddens for driving the minibus. The girls are also hugely indebted to Andrea and Johnny for their boundless enthusiasm in bringing everything together. Queen Anne’s has vocal talent in abundance. Well done, girls!