The a cappella group Bella Voce is known for its wide-ranging programming; their repertoire spans about 500 years. They’ve commissioned a number of new pieces and championed others. With new music, they have a knack for finding works that strike a balance between being audience-friendly and musically interesting. For their upcoming Spring program, they’re going back to an area of music that is both rich and deep: the English choral tradition. This is a style of choral writing and performance that goes back as far as Purcell and William Byrd; but saw a great flowering during the 20th century with such composers as Vaughan Williams, Britten, Stanford, Elgar and Howells. Many of these composers are represented on the Spring concert. Bella Voce caps the program with a world premiere by a composer touted as an heir to the English tradition, Gabriel Jackson.
Bella Voce will perform some of these works during a WFMT Impromptu on Thursday at 3:00 PM. For information about their Spring concerts, click here.