What is VCM?
Helping Young People Sing
VCM is an English registered charity and stands for Voces Cantabiles Music. It was founded in 2006 and has since worked with more than 150,000 young people all over the world. The charity has three distinct strands: VOCES8, Apollo5 and the Gresham Centre.
VCM’s three parts
VOCES8 is one of the leading global vocal ensembles, Apollo5 are rising stars in the a cappella scene, and the Gresham Centre is a international centre of excellence for vocal music performance, outreach and education based at St Anne and St Agnes Church in the heart of the City of London. The two vocal groups perform approximately 200 concerts each year all over the world, working with some of the finest musicians and performing in leading concert halls and cathedrals. The Gresham Centre, in the beautiful Wren church of St Anne and St Agnes on Gresham Street, hosts numerous choirs every week and is a venue for numerous outreach programmes, teacher training events, rehearsal days, recordings and concerts.
Educating 25,000 people a year all over the world
The annual programme of education work overseen by VCM sees VOCES8 and Apollo5 work with more than 25,000 young people each year in partnership with Music Hubs, schools and other education organisations. The education programme provides teacher training, a unique Young Leaders programme, residencies with schools and communities in the UK, France and the USA and regular training events and singing celebration events at the Gresham Centre. The work of VCM also includes collaborations with leading global performing arts centres such as BOZAR, Cite de la Musique, Tokyo Opera City and the National Centre for Performing Arts in Beijing.
Innovative Teaching Method
VOCES8 and Apollo5 both work with publishing house Edition Peters, supporting contemporary composers and helping to develop new music for the choral music world. Through Edition Peters, VCM has also published ‘The VOCES8 Method’, an innovative resource for teachers which encourages whole school music making in a way that links music with literacy, linguistics and numeracy. The VOCES8 Method has been translated into French and German, has been featured in a number of industry magazines, the national press in the UK and the USA and is the topic of a TEDx talk.
The groups are regularly featured on international radio and television including Deutschlandradio Kultur, ARTE TV, Radio France Musique, MPR in the USA, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. VOCES8 has won a host of international awards for performance and recording, including picking up 3 CARAs in 2013 for their recordings on Signum Classics. Eventide, released by Decca Classics in 2014, went to No. 1 in the UK Classical Chart, also reaching No. 5 in the US Classical Chart.