VOCE comprises musicians who have chosen to pursue career paths outside of full-time music and includes both singers and instrumentalists in its ranks. The ensemble prides itself in its versatility, which allows it to perform music from a wide spectrum of genres, from polyphony of the High Renaissance to twenty-first century choral works and close harmony. VOCE has been performing for over 15 years in cathedrals, churches and concert halls around the country to critical acclaim.
Founded upon a charitable constitution, VOCE regularly gives concerts to enable churches and other organisations to raise money for altruistic causes.
Voices Of Cambridge Ensemble has its roots in the chapel of Trinity College Cambridge, where many of the current members first met, singing together under the direction of the late Richard Marlow. After Cambridge the group was established by its conductor, Jonathan Sampson, and one of its tenors, Nicholas Yates.
VOCE is directed by Jonathan Sampson, who was a choral scholar at Trinity while reading theology. As well as conducting VOCE and other groups, he performs regularly as a violinist. He also very much enjoys taking late 20th century pop songs and making them into lush close-harmony arrangements for the group to perform. Jonathan is a family law barrister working out of London and Oxford.