VOCES8 Live in Concert

St. James is proud to present the world-renowned ensemble VOCES8 live in concert for their official Chicago debut on March 4, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

Vaccination status and masks:
In an effort to maximize safety for all involved, we are requiring that all attendees show proof of COVID-19 vaccination upon arrival to the concert.  In addition, all attendees are required to wear face coverings throughout the performance.

About VOCES8

The British vocal ensemble VOCES8 is proud to inspire people through music and share the joy of singing. Touring globally, the group performs an extensive repertory both in its a cappella concerts and in collaborations with leading orchestras, conductors, composers and soloists.

VOCES8 has performed at many notable venues in its 15-year career, including the Wigmore Hall, Elbphilharmonie, Cité de la Musique, Vienna Konzerthaus, Tokyo Opera City, NCPA Beijing, Sydney Opera House, Mariinsky Theatre Concert Hall, Palacio de Bellas Artes Mexico City.

This season they perform concerts around the world but also host and perform online in the global streaming ‘LIVE From London’ festivals. The season also sees the launch of the VOCES8 Digital Academy, an online choral programme featuring live interaction and video resources for choirs around the world. In August 2021 they will release a major new album with Decca Classics, “Infinity”, as well as continue to release sheet music with Edition Peters.

VOCES8 is passionate about music education and is the flagship ensemble of its music charity the VOCES8 Foundation. Engaging in a broad range of outreach work that reaches up to 40,000 people a year, the group runs an annual programme of workshops and concerts at the VOCES8 Centre at St Anne & St Agnes Church, London. Dedicated to supporting young singers, eight annual VOCES8 Scholarships are awarded which are linked to the annual Milton Abbey Summer School at which amateur singers of all ages work and perform with VOCES8. Through the VOCES8 USA Foundation another octet of talented Scholars exists.

The Program

Lux Aeterna

Sing Joyfully WILLIAM BYRD(1543–1623)
Denn er hat seinen Engeln FELIX MENDELSSOHN(1809–1847) 
Nunc Dimittis PAUL SMITH(b. 1981)
O vos omnes PABLO CASALS(1876–1973) 
Drop, Drop, Slow Tears ORLANDO GIBBONS(1583–1625) 
Bogoroditse Devo SERGEI RACHMANINOV(1873–1943)
Angelus ad Virginem Chant, arr. Barnaby Smith and Jonathan Pacey 
Angelus Domini Descendit GIOVANNI GABRIELI(1557–1612)
— Interval —
Songs of Farewell
  1. My Soul there is a Country
  2. Never Whether Beaten Sail
  3. There is an Old Belief
The Road Home STEPHEN PAULUS(1949–2014) 
Let My Love Be Heard JAKE RUNESTAD(b. 1986)
Adoramus te, Christe CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI(1567–1643) 
Lux Aeterna EDWARD ELGAR(1857–1934)
Magnificat Primi Toni GIOVANNI PIERLUIGI DA PALESTRINA(1525–1594)



A Note on the Program

Warmth, radiance, guidance, and comfort: from the pale glow of moon or starlight to the blaze of summer sun, light has always been a symbol for our most basic human needs, both physical and spiritual. In compiling the music for Lux Aeterna, we found ourselves returning time and again to this idea of the desire for comfort being expressed through music. Composers of the Renaissance era would of course draw on sacred texts, where light is often closely linked to hope, security, and salvation, and our more contemporary offerings follow in that tradition. Even those pieces which do not explicitly reference light still hint at the solace which it provides. There is for us something inherently comforting about the sound of unaccompanied voices in harmony, and if this programme shows one thing, it is that composers across the ages have felt the same way.