Watch: Voces8 Scholars sing Christmas classics 'Coventry Carol' and 'Sussex Carol'

Members of the Voces8 U.S. Scholars perform 'Coventry Carol' in YourClassical MPR's studios — from left, Motomi Tanaka, Carley DeFranco, Caroline LeGrand, Ingrid Johnson, Sandy Sharis and Veronica Roan.Evan Clark/MPR

December 09, 2022

For the first time in two and a half years, YourClassical MPR recently hosted visiting classical artists in our flagship recording studio — and what a session it turned out to be. Over three days in mid-November, the Voces8 Scholars, the U.S.-based training ensemble for the U.K.’s esteemed Voces8, recorded a wealth of material, including two Christmas songs prepared exclusively for YourClassical MPR listeners as part of our Carol Countdown.

‘Conventry Carol’

First up is an absolutely stunning performance of “Coventry Carol,” arranged by Voces8’s Barnaby Smith and featuring soprano Caroline LeGrand.

‘Sussex Carol’

The second song is the sweetheart pick of the Carol Countdown, “Sussex Carol.”

Enjoy these delightful holiday performances, and look for more from the Voces8 Scholars’ recording session in the new year.

Meet the singers

The Voces8 U.S. Scholars perform and record under the direction of Voces8 co-founder Paul Smith and managing director Erik Jacobson. Kirby Richards is the Voces8 Foundation’s development director.

The singers include:

Carley DeFranco
Caroline LeGrand
Motomi Tanaka
Ingrid Johnson
Sandy Sharis
Veronica Roan
Aaron Cates
Michael Martin
Maximillian Macias
Christopher Short
Peter Schoellkopff

This activity is made possible in part by the Minnesota Legacy Amendment‘s Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.