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Theatre of Voices


Active: 1992 - ; California
Theatre of Voices is one of the most admired and versatile vocal ensembles from the late twentieth century. Led by founder and artistic director Paul Hillier, the group has performed a variety of works, from Medieval chant to mystical twentieth century works by Pärt, from Lassus and Tallis to Cage and Christmas carols. The ensemble has made numerous recordings for the Harmonia Mundi label. It consists of about 22 singers, with sopranos and basses Read more having slightly larger numbers than tenors and altos.

Theatre of Voices gave its first official concert in June 1992 at the Berkeley Early Music Festival. Hillier had actually presented concerts of modern music in 1989 in which his early music vocal group the Hilliard Ensemble used the name Theatre of Voices. The development of the group that would become Theatre of Voices began in 1990 when Hillier took a teaching position at the University of California. The formation was not finalized until that 1992 debut concert. The group later moved its base of operations to Bloomington, IN, where Hillier relocated to serve on the faculty of Indiana University School of Music (Early Music Institute).

The ensemble's first recording was issued in 1994, William Byrd: Motets & Mass for Four Voices, on the Harmonia Mundi label. By then the group was carrying a busy schedule and over the next decade would appear at major concert venues throughout the Americas and Europe, including New York, Paris, Berlin, and Utrecht. It appeared on a six-part nationwide syndicated radio broadcast for the series Millennium of Music and also on the radio program St. Paul Sunday Morning.

In 1997 Oxford University Press published Hillier's book, Arvo Pärt. That same year, Hillier led the ensemble in a recording of Pärt's sacred works on Harmonia Mundi, entitled De Profundis, which made Billboard's Top Ten. A second popular recording of the composer's works by Theatre of Voices, entitled I Am the True Vine, was issued on the same label in 2000.

The ensemble has remained active both in the concert hall and on recordings in the new century. The 2006 schedule included a tour of the United Kingdom in January and an appearance at the ILIOS Festival in Norway, the ensemble presenting, among other works, Stockhausen's Stimmung. In 2006, the group released Cantigas on Harmonia Mundi. Read less
Carols From The Old & New Worlds/ Hillier, Theatre Of Voices
Release Date: 11/14/2006   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 2977079   Number of Discs: 1
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Part: Creator Spiritus /  Paul Hillier, Theatre Of Voices, Ars Nova Copenhagen
Release Date: 04/10/2012   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 807553   Number of Discs: 1
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Millennium Of Music Vol 2 - Alleluia This Sweete Songe
Release Date: 06/03/2001   Label: Valley Entertainment Classics  
Catalog: 15024   Number of Discs: 1
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Arvo Pärt - A Tribute / Hillier, Theatre Of Voices, Et Al
Release Date: 08/09/2005   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907407   Number of Discs: 1
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Cage: Litany For The Whale / Hillier, Theatre Of Voices
Release Date: 08/13/2002   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907279   Number of Discs: 1
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