As far as charity singles go, Evensong has to rank as one of the most
interesting you'll probably ever come across. And it all started when
an award-winning a cappella group based in Finchampstead called Voces8
performed a concert in London.
The eight piece (as their name, Italian for Eight Voices, suggests)
were approached by two audience members afterwards with an offer of an
exciting project. The two men just so happened to be Ken Howard and
Alan Blakely, who are the first British songwriters to have written a
song for Elvis Presley. The duo wrote I've Lost You for the King, and
are responsible for 40 top 20 hits, including the Miss Marple theme tune.
Voces8 co-founder Barnaby Smith remembers "They came up to us
afterwards and said 'we'd really love to help you". "Ken was looking
to do something again with his Miss Marple theme tune, which had been
a top 20 hit in the past had sold in 60 countries around the world."
The counter tenor and conductor adds: "They decided that they wanted
to write some text for the Miss Marple theme tune and present it as an
a cappella eight-part arrangement for us to record."
The result is Evensong, a remarkable and stunningly beautiful a
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