Vox Luminis

Vox Luminis

CHOIR AND ORCHESTRA

Representation: UK, Ireland, Scandinavia, Iceland, Australia, New Zealand & Asia

Photo: Tom Blaton

Overview

Vox Luminis, founded in 2004 in Namur, Belgium by Lionel Meunier, is an ensemble specialising in the performance of 16th – 18th century vocal music. In 2012 Vox Luminis’ Ricercar recording of Heinrich Schütz’s Musicalische Exequien  received several prestigious awards such as Gramophone’s ‘Recording of the Year’, the ‘Baroque Vocal Gramophone Award’ and the ‘International Classical Music Award’. From this moment their already healthy international performing career developed exponentially. They now tour regularly in the UK, mainland Europe and in the US. The group has been praised for its seamless blend of high quality individual voices, exquisite tuning and the ability to touch the heart.

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Full Biography

Vox Luminis was established 15 years ago; today, the ensemble uses its sparkling traits to enhance the world of early music! The push was made in 2004 by Lionel Meunier – bass and founding base of Vox Luminis. The objective is to gain access to the Light through the Voice. Every year, the ensemble releases on average two discs and offers its audience more than 60 concerts on Belgian, European and international stages.

They define themselves as a group of soloists with a variable combination (with a base from the Royal Conservatoire in The Hague) and of a continuo, additional instrumentalists or a full orchestra, depending on the repertoire. The repertoire is essentially Italian, English and German and spans the 16th through the 18th centuries. Since its creation, the ensemble has been noted for its cohesion and it charms with the personality of every timbre and the homogeneity of the voices.

Today, Vox Luminis can count thirteen recordings to its name, it has won many awards including the prestigious Gramophone Recording of the Year 2012, for Musicalische Exequien by Heinrich Schütz. The latest releases from Alpha Classics and Ricercar are King Arthur by Purcell and Kantaten by the Bach-family.

The year 2018 was marked by two awards: first, Vox Luminis won the famous BBC Music Magazine AWARD 2018 in the category “Choral Award Winner” following the disc Luther et la Musique de la Réforme. Second, KLARA named them “ensemble of the year”.

 

” The refinement of Vox Luminis is never anything less than sublime “

Gramophone, 04/2014

David Vickers

 

Vox Luminis, made up of soloists, “se distingue par la pureté de son émission, la fraîcheur des voix, la dynamique et la mise en place, d’une rare perfection. Ses qualités d’expression, où la simplicité, la ferveur le disputent à la gravité et à l’enthousiasme illustrent admirablement ce répertoire exigeant.”

Forumopera, 08/2018

Yvan Beuvard

 

Vox Luminis live up to their name by providing refreshingly light vocal performances which seem to shimmer and glow.

Musicweb, 05/2017

Simon Thompson

 

The ensemble is supported by the Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, the City of Namur and Namur Confluent Culture and is recognised by the Art and Life tours.

Artist Website: www.voxluminis.com

Promoters please note: if you wish to include this biography in a concert programme etc, please contact Hazard Chase to ensure that you receive the most up to date version.  Email: Laura Baldwin

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News

Christmas with Hazard Chase

December 2nd, 2019

Festive concerts throughout the Christmas season

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Gramophone Awards 2019 Hazard Chase Winners

October 18th, 2019

Newly signed artist Cupertinos claim the Early music award and Vox Luminis return seven years after their first win in 2012 to claim the Choral Award.

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Vox Luminis – Winners!

October 4th, 2019

Gramophone Classical Music Awards 2019

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Hazard Chase at Lammermuir

September 13th, 2019

Vox Luminis, Matthew Halls, Viviane Hagner and Sinéad Campbell-Wallace

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Remarkable Recordings

August 16th, 2019

Celebrating Vox Luminis’s CDs

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Reviews

Bach: Complete Motets (Ricercar CD)

Vox Luminis gravitate easily to the contemplative, never over-projecting the dramatic implications of the texts… Es ist nun aus – a deeply touching devotional aria with each verse ending with ‘Welt, gute Nacht’ – is worth the price of the discs alone.”
Gramophone Magazine, (July 2015)

This talented Belgian ensemble continues to go from strength to strength. This collection of funerary, Passiontide and Christmas motets by Johann, Johann Christian and Johann Michael Bach cherry-picks some delightful works, giving singers and players plenty of opportunity to shine. Excellent sound and presentation.’ Awarded 5*.
Classical Music Magazine, (August 2015)

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Keiser: Brockes-Passion (Ramée CD)

Classical music award winner in Belgium’s “Les Octaves de la Musique 2015”

“This recording is the fruit of collaboration between Belgian Baroque band Les Muffatti and Gramophone Award-winning vocal ensemble Vox Luminis; bass Lionel Meunier takes responsibility for his group of singers but the overall performance is conducted with ideal rhetorical solemnity and dramatic intensity by Peter Van Heyghen.”
Gramophone Magazine, (August 2014)

English Royal Funeral Music (Ricercar CD)

“Once again, Vox Luminis have touched the heart with their calm interpretative intelligence and vocal beauty.”
Gramophone Magazine, (June 2013)

“Baroque Vocal Recording of the Year & Recording of the Year – Gramophone Awards 2012”

“A marvellous disc.”
Gramophone Magazine, (2012)

A beautifully balanced ensemble of individual yet blended voices… Lionel Meunier’s thoughtful direction makes a serene and rewarding disc.”
The Observer, (July 2011)

“This is an exceptional new Schütz recording… Meunier’s pacing feels utterly natural, and both the inventiveness and meditative repose of Schütz’s music comes across marvellously. In short, if you are looking for a recording of this beautiful and daring work, this new Ricercar disc is the one to choose.”
International Record Review, (September 2011)

 

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Discography & Repertoire

Buxtehude – ABENDMUSIKEN

ALPHA CLASSICS (2018)

Bach/Haendel – MAGNIFICAT DIXIT DOMINUS

ALPHA CLASSICS (2017)

EIN FESTE BURG IST UNSER GOTT

RICERCAR (2017)

Artist Manager

Lucy Rice (Cambridge)
lucy.rice@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706029

Assistant Artist Manager

Laura Baldwin (Cambridge)
laura.baldwin@hazardchase.co.uk
01223 706031