Anniversaries at The VoiceBox in Derby,
by MIKE WHEELER
The VoiceBox, Derby's powerhouse of all things vocal, notched up its tenth anniversary in 2011. But its resident girls' choir, Voices, has been going longer than that, and celebrated its first twenty years in style, joined by past members, and by other groups based at the premises — ChorAlchemy, a larger mixed-voice group, Sequenza, comprising former Voices members, and adult chamber choir Derby City Singers (St Mary's Church, Derby, UK, 16 May 2015).
The range of activity at The VoiceBox was reflected in the wide variety of repertoire on display — from Palestrina to Debussy, Vivaldi to Sondheim, Bellini to Bacharach — starting with an apt opening invocation in the shape of Come, ye makers of song by Canadian composer Ruth Watson Henderson, setting words largely from Purcell's royal birthday ode Come ye sons of Art, away...
Copyright © 26 May 2015