Classical Album of the Week: British Vocal Ensemble VOCES8's Enchanted Isle Takes You Away

Mar 25, 2019

March 25, 2019. It was about 15 years when eight members of a British youth choir branched out to form their own ensemble, after winning a vocal competition in Venice. Now the a capella group VOCES8 is famous in the UK, touring extensively in Europe and Asia. BBC Radio calls them, "the slickest of the lot... fans of a cappella ought to hear this."

VOCES8
Credit Courtesy of the ensemble

VOCES8's Enchanted Isle presents a unique sound world that includes folk songs (old and new) from different parts of the UK mixed with pop and modern music from film and television.

Songs on the 17-track album include Soay, Theme from Harry's Game, O Albion, Agnus Dei, Danny Boy, and The Rains of Castamere. And music by Radiohead, Enya, and from Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones is also in the mix.

People say the eyes are the window to the soul ... but I think the voice is. Hearing a voice in its naked, pure form as a cappella is a very, very touching thing. - Barnaby Smith, VOCES8

About VOCES8.