Established in 2010, Britten Sinfonia Voices is a professional vocal ensemble that brings together some of the finest emerging voices and established solo singers with a wealth of experience. Like Britten Sinfonia, the Voices is a flexible ensemble, appearing as both a small group of soloists and as a larger chorus and performing a particularly broad range of repertoire and genres. It reflects Britten Sinfonia’s artistic vision, as at home performing the newest contemporary music as Bach or Berlioz, and specialising in creating fresh, intelligent musical partnerships.
Britten Sinfonia Voices is directed by choral conductor and singer, Eamonn Dougan, who selects individually and prepares the Voices for each project. They have premiered new works by Nico Muhly, Ēriks Ešenvalds and Sir James MacMillan, and have also performed a range of core choral works including Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Berlioz’s L’Enfance du Christ and Handel’s Messiah under conductors including Sir Mark Elder, David Hill and Andreas Delfs.
Recent seasons have included a US tour of Netia Jones’ production of Curlew River, the London premiere of James MacMillan’s St Luke Passion, a tour of Bach’s St John Passion with Mark Padmore, MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross and Steve Reich’s Desert Music, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3. In 2019 they performed a new cantata by Joby Talbot to celebrate the bicentenary of the births of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, broadcast on Classic FM, and appeared in Beethoven’s ‘Choral’ Symphony under the baton of Thomas Adès, the climax of Britten Sinfonia’s acclaimed Symphony Cycle, which will also be released on Signum Records during 2020 and 2021.
Projects in 2020 and 2021 with Britten Sinfonia include a concert performance of Thomas Adès’ opera The Tempest at the Barbican as part of the Hall’s year-long celebrations marking the composer’s 50th birthday.