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Published on Apr 17, 2018
Baroque violinist Rachel Podger joins vocal ensemble VOCES8 for 'A Guardian Angel'. Gain insight with being the scenes footage from rehearsals and hear from Rachel and Barnaby Smith (Artistic Director of VOCES8) about the collaboration.
'A Guardian Angel' - An Introduction
“We should pray to the angels, for they are given to us as guardians.” Saint Ambrose
Spiritual beings, angels are considered divine intermediaries between heaven and earth; messengers sent to guide and guard. Over the ages they have inspired artistic flights of brilliance from musicians, poets and writers, enshrining their essence and wisdom in art. Saint Ambrose is traditionally credited with promoting antiphonal voices in sacred music, calls and responses uniquely explored in A Guardian Angel.
‘Queen of the Baroque violin’ (Sunday Times) Rachel Podger’s serene and beguiling virtuosity is the angelic guiding voice amidst choral masterpieces sung by the ‘impeccable’ (Gramophone) VOCES8. Including a new commission by Owain Park, and works by VOCES8 composer in residence Jonathan Dove, this meditative programme is designed to explore the space and acoustics of the venue.
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