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Juice, Vocal ensemble

Biography

Anna Snow (soprano), Sarah Dacey (soprano) and Kerry Andrew (alto).

Juice (‘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 classical, world music, jazz, folk, pop, improvisation and theatre. They have featured on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, BBC Radio 3 and Classic FM. They have performed at London’s Wigmore Hall and the South Bank, King’s Place and the Roundhouse. 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. International performances include concerts in Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, Finland and the U.S.

Juice’s debut album ‘Songspin’ (Nonclassical, 2011) won an international Independent Music Award for Best Contemporary Classical Album in 2012. Featuring remixes by the likes of of Camille producer MaJiker and Bjork collaborator Mikhail Karikis, it was reviewed by The Observer as ‘Eighteen immaculately achieved tracks, spanning Elisabeth Lutyens to Gabriel Prokofiev via folk song and avant garde, enchant and enthrall’. Of their second album, ‘Laid Bare: Love Songs’ (Nonclassical, 2014) BBC Music Magazine said, ‘these three are feisty, and will take on anything the variety and virtuosity are astonishing, and rewarding’. Their third album, a collaboration with David Thomas Broughton entitled ‘Sliding the Same Way’ (Song by Toad, 2014) The Scottish Herald proclaimed it as ‘fascinating as it is unconventional’. Their fourth album, ‘Snow Queens’, is to be released in Autumn 2018 on Resonus Classics and features arrangements of carols and new wintery commissions by composers such as Tarik O’Regan and Emily Hall. The disc will be launched at London’s Kings Place, and will be toured around the UK.

Juice regularly commission and premiere new works: recent projects have included performing Hannah Kendall’s new opera, ‘The Knife of Dawn’ at The Roundhouse; premiering a new work by Catherine Carter about the female welders of London’s bridges, under the river Thames in the Bascule Chambers of Tower Bridge; singing about the legalities of copyright in a Radio 4 programme hosted by poet Ian McMillan; performing in one of Radio 3’s experimental live broadcasts, ‘Open Ear’; and celebrating Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary by premiering new works with community choirs in Cambridge and Surrey directed by composer Stef Conner.

Juice love experimenting with various art forms and cross-collaboration: they have had their music choreographed to by Maurice Causey from the Nederlands Dans Theatre; have 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); have performed live for a London College of Fashion Graduate Show; have worked with internationally-renowned beatboxers Shlomo and Beardyman; have recorded vocals for a video installation by Turner Prize nominee James Richards; and performed in a forest with David Thomas Broughton at the End of the Road Festival.

Juice are experienced and passionate music educators, bringing experimental a cappella vocal music (both performing and composing of) to groups of all ages and abilities around the country.  They have been Ensemble-in-Residence at the universities of York and Ulster and have run workshops and longer projects at numerous other academic institutions including Royal Holloway University, Cardiff University, RNCM, RWCMD, Leeds College of Music and Aberdeen University.  They have run youth projects for the likes of BBC Proms Inspire, Aldeburgh Young Musicians, the Wigmore Hall, Live Music Now, and Sound and Music.

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Discography

Songspin

Laid Bare: Love Songs

Sliding the Same Way

The North Project

The Girls Who Wished to Marry Stars

Programmes

Hits! is an entirely new programme for voices and percussion, written entirely by juice and partly-devised by producer/beatboxer/body percussionist, MaJiKer.

Featuring works by juice (and MaJiKer)

This is the juice ‘classics’ programme and features crowd-pleasing vibrant pieces from our debut and critically acclaimed album, ‘Songspin’.

Including works by Gabriel Prokofiev, Paul Robinson and Elisabeth Lutyens

Anti-Love songs from composers, juxtaposed with juicy arrangements of ‘love song’ classics.

Anti-Love songs by Jim Moray, Gavin Bryars, Errollyn Wallen, Roxanna Panufnik, Dai Fujikura and Anna Meredith

Love songs by Guns N’ Roses, Erasure, Mariah Carey, Dawn Penn and Rihanna.

A wintery programme full of snow, frost and ice. New juice arrangements of ancient carols, folk songs, winter pop/rock classics, next to contemporary carols by both established and up-and-coming composers 

Arrangements of pop/rock classics by Kate Bush, The White Stripes and Judy Collins

including works by Tarik O’Regan and Emily Hall.

A programme of spooky, unique songs for night-time, with fiendish reworkings of nursery rhymes, chilling American and British folk songs, and settings of poems from Shakespeare to Lydia Davis.

Songs about monks keeping the rats away, girls who become stars and naughty children meeting deliciously wicked ends.

Works by composers including Orlando Gough, David Lang, The Doors, and members of the ensemble

Reviews

The range of this new young vocal trio is immense...perfect pitch and an ear for the most apt harmony.

The Independent

Astonishing variety, spark and brilliance.

The Observer

Sassy, vibrant and enthralling, Juice possess more than enough rocket fuel in their vocal chords to transport listeners.

Irish Times

Quirky, wry and virtuosically genre-hopping.

The Times

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