V8 Vocal Ensemble back in town

The V8 Vocal Ensemble’s 2010 concert in Waikanae was immensely popular, so their return visit is eagerly anticipated.

This Auckland-based ensemble was formed in 1998 with most of its singers having been members of the New Zealand Youth Choir and Voices New Zealand. Renowned for theatrical presentation and quality singing, this slick vocal group sings a cappella eight-part harmony, in entertaining and varied programmes of classical pieces, vocal jazz and well-known folk arrangements. They perform at festivals, concert series and private events all over the North Island. Recent highlights include debuting with the NZSO in the March 2011 Auckland Festival; featuring in a master class with the internationally celebrated vocal ensemble, The King’s Singers; and presenting an ANZAC concert series in Auckland and Tauranga featuring music from the two world wars.

V8’s programme, titled “The Name of Valour” will feature music associated with two important anniversaries that fall in 2014. World War 1 began in August 1914 and on October 16, almost exactly 100 years before this concert, the New Zealand Expeditionary Force departed from Wellington for Egypt. A second contrasting theme for the concert marks 360 years since the birth of William Shakespeare in 1654 an association which seems rather obscure until one realises that it was Shakespeare who coined the phrase “the name of valour”. (Henry VI, Part 11).

Showtime and Venue: Memorial Hall, Pehi Kupa Street, Waikanae.

Sunday October 12 at 2.30pm.

For more see: www.waikanaemusic.org