Reviews

Early Music Review (Hildegard Portraits album) – “lovely performances…”

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama (Hildegard Transfigured) – 4* Guardian Reveiw

Oxford International Song Festival 2023 – “The singing by this trio of sirens (Victoria Couper, Clemmie Franks and Emily Burn) was transfixing.” Opera Today

Three Choirs Festival performances 2022 – ‘quite simply outstanding…’ 5* (reviewsgate)

Hildegard Transfigured – BREMF 2019 – ‘…astonishing musicality and stage presence

Hildegard Transfigured: Voice – were breathtakingly superb, their voices intermingling with the harmonic resonations of Hildegards meditations to transport us both back in time and out of time…”

Janacek recording with Nicky Spence and Julius Drake on Hyperion 2019 – “The arrival of the siren-like trio… (the diaphanous Voice) is heart-stopping and haunting in equal measure.” “Voice offer a mixture of liveliness, mischief and beautiful blend” Gramophone – Recording of the Month

Brighton Early Music Festival Concert 2018 – “Voice…Their tuning and bell-like sound made their performance…the most sheerly beautiful thing all day.” Ivan Hewett, The Telegraph

How Sweetly You Burn – a programme of songs celebrating women as composers, poets and performers. “The three singers seemed so united, so familiar with one another’s strengths, and the harmonies they summoned were breathtaking.” Review

A life of love and joy – Songs from Medieval Europe review by Scott Bolohan “Voice’s performance was an absolute triumph of history and music”

If Music be the food of Love – new collaborative project with cellist Matt Haimovitz – USA review

Patterns of Love album review – 4* Sinfini – Andrew Stewart
Female a cappella trio Voice arose from friendships formed during its members’ time with the Oxford Girls’ Choir. The group has been together for a decade now and has used the time wisely to build a rich repertoire of arrangements and original compositions. There’s wisdom too about the way in which Voice sings traditional tunes, setting aside folksy sentimentality in favour of touching simplicity and a generous spirit of compassion. Voice cares for every word in its latest programme, whether singing about sex and ironing, or conjuring up the poetic imagery of Burns and Shakespeare.

Patterns of Love includes four new pieces recently commissioned from British composers Halen Chadwick, Emily Levy, Stevie Wishart and Ayanna Witter-Johnson. The album opens with another Voice commission, Marcus Davidson’s seductive Light, and continues with folksong reflections on love, smartly arranged by members of the trio. While Levy’s How sweetly you burn exposes raw edges in the singing, it inspires a performance of great daring, intensifying the erotic nature of mystical verse by Hildegard of Bingen. Clemmie Franks’ arrangement of I love my love, meanwhile, moved me to tears with its tale of a young woman driven to madness by her sailor love’s departure for the sea.

Voice delivers pitch-perfect valentine…
-Review, Kansas, KC USA

Encores and Curtain call…
– Preview, Keene, NH USA

Review by Robert Hugill – Quest Ensemble and Voice double bill

With clarity and purpose, whimsy and wit, Voice delivered a program of classic and contemporary works that perfectly showcased the trio’s musical abilities. Victoria Couper, Clemmie Franks and Emily Burn wove their distinct voices into an all-encompassing sound that served as a reminder that the human voice, when in the proper hands, needs no amplification or digital distortion to prove its power.

Christina Hennessy, The Advocate, Stamford, CT. USA

Oxford Times Album reviewHeavenly harmony from voice…

Oxford Times album launch previewVoice launches album at an Oxford concert…

Loving Dalston previewHackney trio hit the high notes…

Fresh and really rather beautiful  Andrew McGregor, BBC Radio3 Summer CD Review

Powerful, traditional vocal harmonies  The Musician, Journal of the Musicians’ Union

In a musical world where genres and repertoires are readily pigeon-holed, Voice is refreshing for its keenness to avoid such barriers. It’s really good to be able to hear Hildegard von Bingen right alongside Balkan folk tunes and fresh-off-the-page commissions – all sung with distinctiveness of style, intriguing and convincing shifts of vocal timbre, and an appealing freshness of presentation.

Meurig Bowen, Director, Cheltenham Music Festival

The three singers, Victoria Couper, Clemmie Franks and Emily Burn have quite disparate timbres but they meld into a sound that is truly sublime. It is so affecting to hear the voices of such gifted singers in close proximity. Rare to hear such beauty and control – their breath-taking dynamics ranged from the most intense power to the sweetest, gentlest note that was as delicate and precise as a dragonfly wing.

A truly thrilling night – music, art and poetry brought together to enrich us; rarely-heard songs made accessible, entertaining and moving; and artists that care about their audience as much as their art.  I can’t wait to hear them again.

Gina BorehamVortex Jazz Club, London

A beautiful performance which lifts you out of the performance space & into the world of Voice- Mesmerising

Louise Ryder, Bush Theatre, London

There is something magical about the Voice trio . . . beautiful, haunting voices

Jumoké Fashola, BBC London 94.9fm

Voice gave an extremely powerful performance as part of the Wilding Festival. Their programme was deeply moving and their delivery quite hypnotic. The whole audience were noticeably still and focused for the whole concert as if under a spell. It was such a pleasure to hear their beautiful voices sail across the church and throughout the building.

The Wilding Festival, Megaphones for the Unheard

Brilliant trio…sensational singers

The Choir, BBC Radio 3 – Sara Mohr-Pietsch