St Martin’s Voices is a professional vocal ensemble, primarily made up of talented past and present choral scholars who come together to sing world-class concerts and special services at St Martin-in-the-Fields and beyond.
Recent concerts at St Martin’s have included Bach Motets, St John Passion and Magnificat, Haydn Nelson Mass, Handel Messiah and Utrecht Te Deum and Mozart Requiem. In their opening season, St Martin’s Voices performed the World Première of The Lantern Carols by Sasha Johnson Manning and Sharon Grenham-Toze. In January 2014, they performed Annelies: A Choral Setting of the Diary of Anne Frank by James Whitbourn for Holocaust Memorial Day. Other recent concerts have included A Celebration of William Lloyd Webber, with renowned cellist Julian Lloyd Webber.
In May 2015, they were privileged to perform at the Cenotaph for the 70th anniversary of VE day, and this was followed by singing for the VJ day commemorations in August 2015, in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, and broadcast live on BBC 1.
St Martin’s Voices regularly broadcast on the BBC, including Radio 3 Choral Evensong, Radio 4 Daily Service, and most recently they recorded a Sunday Worship programme for BBC Radio 4 from the Chapel of Lambeth Palace in the presence of the Archbishop of Canterbury. They have recorded Christmas in Blue, a CD of jazz carols arranged by celebrated composer Will Todd. As well as their extensive concert programme, St Martin’s Voices explore the great classical music of our religious heritage at Great Sacred Music every Thursday at 1pm. Admission is free.
“Singing with St Martin’s Voices never fails to bring a smile to my face. I joined in 2014, having been a choral scholar, and I love the quality of the music-making and the wonderful variety of repertoire we explore. Being a member of St Martin’s Voices has offered me the opportunity to sing for prestigious services and events, to record broadcasts for radio and television, and recently my colleagues and I shared the unforgettable experience of singing for the Queen. We also perform regular concerts and join together each Thursday lunchtime for Great Sacred Music, which is always a highlight of my week, singing repertoire ranging from Purcell to Cole Porter, Mozart to Moses Hogan. I can’t wait for what we will do next and the music we will continue to enjoy making together.” Sarah Maxted, Member of St Martin’s Voices, January 2016