Hackney trio hit the high notes in the City

VOICE is an all-girl gang that started in Oxford, but they have East End cred in the nicest possible way. The trio is based in Hackney and at the launch of its first album the group will feature a piece by a Dalston composer.

The CD, Musical Harmony, will be launched in St Ethelburga’s, the East End — oh, OK, City — church blown up by the Irish Republican Army in 1993 and restored as a centre for reconciliation.

As well as the work composed by the Dalstoner, Helen Chadwick, Voice will sing pieces by Hildegard von Bingen( 1098-1179), including a musical setting by composer Marcus Davidson of some of the German mystic’s prose unearthed by Simon Keyes, the director of St Ethelburga’s.

Voice’s Clemmie Franks, pictured above right in Yoshitaka Kono’s photograph, told Loving Dalston that the church had given the group great support. She said: “As a token of our thanks, we are donating all profits from our launch to the venue.” In autumn this year, 2013, the a capella (no instruments) group will embark on a US tour.

David Altheer

* Voice, St Ethelburga’s Centre, 78 Bishopsgate, City EC2N 4AG (020 7496 1610), Thurs 18 July, 7.15pm for 7.45pm. Tickets £10, £7 concessions. Food and drink available. Picture above is supplied by Voice.

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