A life of love and joy – Songs from Medieval Europe review by Scott Bolohan “Voice’s performance was an absolute triumph of history and music”
If Music be the food of Love – new collaborative project with cellist Matt Haimovitz – USA review
Patterns of Love album review – 4* Sinfini – Andrew Stewart
Female a cappella trio Voice arose from friendships formed during its members’ time with the Oxford Girls’ Choir. The group has been together for a decade now and has used the time wisely to build a rich repertoire of arrangements and original compositions. There’s wisdom too about the way in which Voice sings traditional tunes, setting aside folksy sentimentality in favour of touching simplicity and a generous spirit of compassion. Voice cares for every word in its latest programme, whether singing about sex and ironing, or conjuring up the poetic imagery of Burns and Shakespeare.
Patterns of Love includes four new pieces recently commissioned from British composers Halen Chadwick, Emily Levy, Stevie Wishart and Ayanna Witter-Johnson. The album opens with another Voice commission, Marcus Davidson’s seductive Light, and continues with folksong reflections on love, smartly arranged by members of the trio. While Levy’s How sweetly you burn exposes raw edges in the singing, it inspires a performance of great daring, intensifying the erotic nature of mystical verse by Hildegard of Bingen. Clemmie Franks’ arrangement of I love my love, meanwhile, moved me to tears with its tale of a young woman driven to madness by her sailor love’s departure for the sea.
Voice delivers pitch-perfect valentine…
-Review, Kansas, KC USA
Encores and Curtain call…
- Preview, Keene, NH USA
Review by Robert Hugill – Quest Ensemble and Voice double bill
With clarity and purpose, whimsy and wit, Voice delivered a program of classic and contemporary works that perfectly showcased the trio’s musical abilities. Victoria Couper, Clemmie Franks and Emily Burn wove their distinct voices into an all-encompassing sound that served as a reminder that the human voice, when in the proper hands, needs no amplification or digital distortion to prove its power.
Christina Hennessy, The Advocate, Stamford, CT. USA
Oxford Times Album review – Heavenly harmony from voice…
Oxford Times album launch preview – Voice launches album at an Oxford concert…
Loving Dalston preview – Hackney trio hit the high notes…
Fresh and really rather beautiful Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio3 Summer CD Review
Powerful, traditional vocal harmonies The Musician, Journal of the Musicians’ Union
In a musical world where genres and repertoires are readily pigeon-holed, 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.
Meurig Bowen, Director, Cheltenham Music Festival
The three singers, Victoria Couper, Clemmie Franks and Emily Burn have quite disparate timbres but they meld into a sound that is truly sublime. It is so affecting to hear the voices of such gifted singers in close proximity. Rare to hear such beauty and control – their breath-taking dynamics ranged from the most intense power to the sweetest, gentlest note that was as delicate and precise as a dragonfly wing.
A truly thrilling night – music, art and poetry brought together to enrich us; rarely-heard songs made accessible, entertaining and moving; and artists that care about their audience as much as their art. I can’t wait to hear them again.
Gina Boreham, Vortex Jazz Club, London
A beautiful performance which lifts you out of the performance space & into the world of Voice- Mesmerising
Louise Ryder, Bush Theatre, London
There is something magical about the Voice trio . . . beautiful, haunting voices
Jumoké Fashola, BBC London 94.9fm
Voice gave an extremely powerful performance as part of the Wilding Festival. Their programme was deeply moving and their delivery quite hypnotic. The whole audience were noticeably still and focused for the whole concert as if under a spell. It was such a pleasure to hear their beautiful voices sail across the church and throughout the building.
The Wilding Festival, Megaphones for the Unheard
Brilliant trio…sensational singers
The Choir, BBC Radio 3 – Sara Mohr-Pietsch