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Mindfulness On An Angelic Scale
VOCES8
Enter the cool and candlelit beauty of St Wilfrid’s Church for a soul soothing experience. A Guardian Angel promises the ultimate in mindfulness, as you’re transported to angelic heights.

British vocal ensemble VOCES8 perform A Guardian Angel with the queen of the Baroque violin, Rachel Podger in a concert that offers a little divine intervention.

Barnaby Smith, Countertenor and co-founder of VOCES8 explains.

“The idea of the theme of A Guardian Angel is that Rachel (violin) is an angel and the singers begin as mortal souls, and throughout the programme Rachel is guiding the singers from mortality to immortality.”

You don’t need to be religious to ‘appreciate the beauty’ of this concert. Angels have inspired artists for millennia. Barnaby says ‘people approach music and art for their own reasons’ and believes it offers a canvas for audiences, whether they want to experience the music at a religious, intellectual or aesthetic level.

“As humans we are constantly on a quest to understand everything and to find a reason for everything, that’s part of our DNA. The wonderful thing about angels is they are supernatural - we can’t touch them, we can’t understand them. Many people say they are a figment of our imaginations to begin with, so they provide a wonderful subject for creative thinkers and creative artists to suppose about, to create imagery about. The other thing, is there anything about an angel that’s not beautiful? And in art we’re looking to create things of beauty so by their very nature as subjects they stand out.”

As to mindfulness, Barnaby believes it’s the ideal opportunity for a serene, spell-binding experience.

“I think there’s an element of serenity to the way that I’ve constructed the programme, both the sounds of the accompanied voices and unaccompanied violin are by their very nature serene or can be, so I wanted to create one large movement of music, rather than one set of 19 pieces. I want it to be a movement of music designed to entrance the audience, to offer a moment of meditation, a moment of repose.”

Barnaby added: “It’s quite unique that you have two possibly world leading artists in their particular fields in one place on one night combing to create a production that is also quite unique.”

Rachel Podger with VOCES8, Concert by Candlelight: A Guardian Angel: Thursday 12 July | St Wilfrid’s Church | 8pm.

Mindfulness On An Angelic Scale, 5th June 2018, 11:37 AM