Bella Voce crafts performances that engage audiences in the dialogue between early and contemporary music. Since its founding in 1983 under the name ‘His Majestie’s Clerkes’, Bella Voce has delivered its unique, disciplined choral performances to live audiences in Chicago and beyond.
The ensemble’s name comes from the Italian for ‘beautiful voice’, and the choir takes great pride in its clean and precise sound, evolved from the Cathedral Choirs of Britain. For over 30 years, Bella Voce has cultivated the continuous living tradition of choral music from the earliest chant to contemporary works. Its wellspring is in the performance practices of the European Renaissance and Baroque traditions, and modern masters who invoke or innovate within those traditions. Occasionally, the choir explore beyond these boundaries in order to help audiences discover and enjoy more fully this living tradition.
Under the artistic leadership of Andrew Lewis, profiled in the 2014 Chicago Tribune as the top classical artist to watch, Bella Voce’s world-class musicianship brings audiences the experience of extraordinary live or recorded musical performances that are disciplined, vital, and transcendent.
For more information, visit www.bellavoce.org.
Photo: James Warden