VOCES8 on the Road: A US A Cappella Adventure
Mr Vocal Blog, in the lovely post-LACF haze of warm feelings, amazing a cappella and shared time with friends from around the world in our home town of London, talked about the a cappella community. It’s a wonderful thing! The LACF brought home, literally, how very intimate our world can be – with friends from all over the globe sharing this love and passion for the same art. The festival also brought home to me how extreme the parameters of the term ‘a cappella’ can be! Fork seems a world away from what we do in VOCES8, but I loved it all the same!!
After having this experience on my doorstep, we’re now turning to the other side of a cappella life – a life on the road. VOCES8 departs on Saturday for a 7 week tour across the USA, during which we’re spending one month driving from gig to gig, covering about 5,000 miles in our two massive 4×4’s. It’s going to be quite an experience, and our journey takes us from Colorado up through the likes of New Mexico; the Dakotas (North and South); Iowa, Minnesota – at this time of year, we’ve been told to dress warm!
This opportunity is an amazing one, but it also brings home how much we miss those we leave at home. Touring is a wonderful, brilliant way to share our music, meet new friends and spread the a cappella word, but it’s also tough on those who have loved ones and family that we won’t be with for such a long time. I look forward with excitement, tinged with a touch of nervous anticipation and hopes for meeting new people who enrich our lives. I expect every other a cappella nut is nodding their head as they read this!
As we travel, we’ll be making little videos, so do try to keep up with the many weird and wonderful places that VOCES8 will be appearing. We’re celebrating our fifth year as a professional group, so there will be a little party wherever we go (we hope!!). If you live in the US, and you love a cappella, then try to find us somewhere on our big adventure….. It’s road trip time.
Paul is the baritone in VOCES8 and leads their education programme, which works with 25,000 young people every year, and with long term projects in the UK, USA and France.