Patrick Hawes and Voces8

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Music

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

Patrick and Andrew Hawes will be in conversation with Alan Walker, vicar of St Jude’s, talking about their Proms’ commission The Innocents, joined by Paul Smith of VOCES8 Foundation. The composition marks the 80th anniversary of the sinking of SS City of Benares, an evacuee ship transporting 90 children from Britain to Canada. This event has particular significance to St Jude’s Church because of its historical connection to Michael Rennie, one of the tragedy’s victims and son of the church’s vicar. Rennie was one of the children’s escorts; a strong swimmer, he left his lifeboat to swim and rescue boys from the water. Ultimately his heroism cost him his life. There is a mural commemorating Rennie in the Church.

Hawes’ compositions, including Quanta Qualia performed by VOCES8, will also feature in
the conversation.

Patrick Hawes is firmly established as one of the country’s most popular and inspirational composers and has served as Composer in Residence for Classic FM.

‘Patrick Hawes has carved out a niche as a contemporary composer who writes melodic,
atmospheric and, frankly, beautiful music.’ Gramophone

VOCES8, noted for their versatility and musicianship, perform across the globe, frequently in collaboration with leading orchestras, conductors and soloists. Central to the ensemble’s ethos is a celebration of diverse musical expression and a commitment to musical education.

‘The singing of VOCES8 is impeccable in its quality of tone and balance. They bring a new
dimension to the word “ensemble” with meticulous timing and tuning.’ Gramophone