VoXX presents 'Music from the British Isles'

Jun 07, 2019
VoXX: Voice of Twenty

MIDCOAST — The Midcoast-based a cappella vocal ensemble VoXX: Voice of Twenty will present its annual summer concert series with three local performances in June and July. This year’s offering is “Music from the British Isles;” it focuses on works by a selection of renowned choral composers from British history, ranging from Byrd to Britten and beyond.

VoXX’s first concert is Friday, June 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Union Hall, 24 Central St., Rockport. There is a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m.

Music Director Matthew Smith, who hails from Croyden, England, said, “I have wanted VoXX to sing a concert originating entirely from my native Britain for a long time, so the idea of a program based on British choral music was a slightly self-indulgent one. I am proud of Britain’s choral legacy and the continuing role the British choral tradition plays in producing some of the finest ensembles in the world.

“To put this series together, we were, of course, faced with an almost endless list of possible composers and works, so we chose to shine a spotlight on some of the preeminent choral composers through British history. Renaissance masterpieces by Byrd and Tallis tell the story of reformation in Tudor England. Henry Purcell highlights the grandeur of the Baroque. Musical titans such as Elgar, Holst and Vaughan Williams, whose works helped put British choral music back on the map in the first half of the 20th century, are a focus. There is also a strong royal connection with several pieces, notably Britten’s Choral Dances from Gloriana.

To cast further light on the thinking that goes into the group’s repertoire choices, VoXX will offer pre-concert talks designed to expand upon the program notes. These will begin one-half hour before each performance.

VoXX future performances of “Music from the British Isles” are Saturday, July 13, at 7:30 p.m. at United Farmer’s Market, 18 Spring St., Belfast; and Sunday, July 14, at 4 p.m. at Old South Baptist Church, Salt Pond Rd., Cushing.

Admission is $15 (cash or check); tickets available at the door. For more information, visit voiceoftwenty.com.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Maine Boats Homes and Harbors | Jun 15, 2019 07:59

The group is also singing in Bangor on Saturday, June 22 at St. John's Episcopal Church, 225 French Street. Pre-concert talk at 7 p.m., concert at 7:30.



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