Jonathan Dove has been appointed as VOCES8’s associate composer.
The ensemble will perform a piece by Dove in each of its 240 concerts across the 2017/18 and 2018/19 seasons. It will also commission a new piece to be performance in 2019, the composer’s 60th birthday year, and will collaborate with Dove on performances, workshops and recordings.
Jonathan comments: “It is a joy to make music with these wonderful singers. Already our association has proved deeply rewarding, and the thought of writing for such a remarkable group of artists is very inspiring. I look forward to the work we will create and explore together, and the performances we will share.”
Dove will provide mentoring to emerging composers, and performances of Dove’s larger scale works at the ensemble’s home of education at the Gresham Centre, London.
Louise Hughes, who established the scheme with VOCES8, said it aimed ‘to broaden the impact in comparison to a one-off commission and offer even more potential for creating work of incredible intensity.’
She continued: ‘We hope that through performing and involving people as widely as possible through Jonathan’s compositions that we will inspire young composers to write their own works, especially in the choral idiom.’
Barnaby Smith, Artistic Director of VOCES8, commented: ‘We are very excited about the opportunity for delving deeper in to Jonathan’s music, to explore it and learn from the process of interpreting his unique compositional voice. For an artist to have an insight in to the processes a composer goes through whilst creating a work is invaluable in informing our performance.
‘Equally, we hope that for Jonathan to have a close relationship with us whilst preparing one of his works creates a more symbiotic process when we commission him to write for us.’
The associateship will launch on 11 April at VOCES8’s concert as part of the Holy Week Festival at St John’s Smith Square.