An extraordinary event | Excelsa Voces
Divine music filled a packed Tewkesbury Abbey last Saturday. Pershore musicians Paula Evans and Chris Long along with their ensemble ‘Excelsa Voces’ performed a concert of music for voices and instruments that left audience members stunned and transported.
The ethereal event hosted the world premiere of ‘Pie Jesu’ by King Crimson guitarist and composer Robert Fripp and composer Andrew Keeling, both of whom were present. Also present was composer Andrew Smith, who had travelled from Norway to hear his piece ‘Lux’ performed.
Beautifully lit, with a range of colours and projections, music from the 12th and 15th century sat side by side with electronic soundscapes and contemporary works by Eric Whitacre, Gavin Bryars and Meredith Monk at the beautiful Tewkesbury Abbey.
The 5-piece vocal ensemble were joined by Mr Long on keyboards, cellist Tom McMahon and gong-player Alicia Davies; they played a range of pieces including an improvisation on Fripp and Eno’s ambient classic ‘Evening Star’ and there were solo pieces from all 3 of them.
Audience members described the concert as ‘ethereal’, ‘exceptional’ and ‘a programme of delights’. Excelsa Voces will be performing 2 Winter Concerts in December – tickets and information can be found at http://excelsavoces.com. Chris and Paula also run the popular singing group Vocal High, who are always keen to meet prospective members – see www.vocalhigh.com.
About Excelsa Voces
Formed in 2016, Excelsa Voces have built a well-deserved reputation for performances of great beauty.
Described as ‘ethereal’ and ‘utterly superb’, Excelsa Voces performances are an immersive experience, seamlessly blending medieval and contemporary music.
Led by soprano Paula Evans, since their formation the ensemble have created full-length, immersive concert experiences featuring ancient & modern music combined with site-specific lighting design – exploring the space and architecture of each venue to create meditative and immersive sonic experiences.
This season Excelsa Voces are delighted to be premiering a brand new work for voices, written by Robert Fripp and Andrew Keeling. ‘Pie Jesu’ was premiered at Edinburgh Festival and Tewkesbury Abbey later this month – for more information, click here.
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