Juice Vocal Ensemble
Juice Vocal Ensemble (‘The 21st century’s answer to the Swingles or the King’s Singers’ – The Times) are at the forefront of the UK’s experimental/classical scene, performing new vocal music which draws on world music, jazz, folk, pop, improvisation and theatre. They have had new music written for them by Anna Meredith, Gavin Bryars, Mica Levi, Errollyn Wallen, Gabriel Jackson, beatboxer Shlomo and folk artist Jim Moray. They have featured on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. In 2011, they made their US debut with concerts in New York and at the famed SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas. In 2007, they were the first UK prize winners in the history of the internationally-renowned Tampere Vocal Festival.
Juice’s debut album Songspin (Nonclassical, 2011) won an international Independent Music Award for Best Contemporary Classical Album in 2012. In 2014 they released Laid Bare: Love Songs (Nonclassical), their second album of love songs and anti-love songs, which features originals and creative covers. Their third album, Sliding The Same Way was a collaboration with innovative singer-songwriter David Thomas Broughton (Song by Toad, 2014).
Juice regularly commission and premiere new works, and collaborate widely: recent projects have included performing Hannah Kendall’s new opera, The Knife of Dawn at The Roundhouse; premiering a work about the female welders of London’s bridges in the Bascule Chambers of Tower Bridge; and singing about the legalities of copyright on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb. Their music has been choreographed to by Maurice Causey from the Nederlands Dans Theatre; they devised their own live vocal score to the 1916 film The Danger Girl (BFI Southbank, Latitude Festival, King’s Place with the Bird’s Eye View Film Festival); performed live for a London College of Fashion Graduate Show; and have worked with internationally-renowned beatboxers Shlomo and Beardyman.